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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451628721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451628725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At no point was I reading just to finish the book; I savored each work.
Karen Chung
This book gives an overview and examples of some of the most common rhetorical strategies used by the greats.
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While I have several collections of short stories- this one is by far the best.
Sharon Carson

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By mmcnally@usa.net on July 27, 1998
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This book uses a wonderfully varied selection of stories to teach the reader about different Point of View's (pov) and how they effect the tone and content of a story. As a wanna-be writer I have found this one of my most effective books I make frequent reference to.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2004
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My review is of the 1966 New American Library edition of the work. I found this book to be an excellent educator in the art of the short - story. The editors give two examples of stories in the following categories: Interior Monlongue, Dramatic Monologue, Letter Narration, Diary Narration, Subjective Narration, Detached Autobiography, Memoir or Observed Narration, Biography or Anonymous Narration, Anonymous Narration Dual Character Point-of- View ,Anonymous Narration Multiple Character Point- of - View Anonymous Narration No Character Point of view. Among the many memorable stories here are classics of the genre by Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, de Maupassant, Conrad, Henry James, Dostoevsky. There is a great story by Irwin Shaw "Act of Faith"and Updike's well- known "A & P".

There is much to learn and much to enjoy here. However I missed there not being a story from my own personal favorite story-writer Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Chung on April 21, 2007
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I read the 1966 edition, and these comments apply specifically to that edition.

Literature by its very nature is open-ended and difficult to organize in a truly systematic or conclusive way. You can classify literary writings by culture of origin, historical period, or movement, e.g. Romanticism; yet each work is entirely individual and has something unique to say that cannot be subsumed under any classificatory heading.

The editors of this anthology made the choice of *voice* to organize their selections. From what and whose point of view does the author unravel his or her story? This volume offers one relatively concrete way to approach fiction reading and make it fit a bit more tidily into a curriculum of more easily systematized subjects, like chemistry, statistics, even foreign language learning. Yet "point of view" is only the take-off point. The real value in good literature, of which these stories are outstanding representative examples, is the story, the message, the language, all of which leave technical issues behind in a cloud of dust once you are drawn in to the author's world.

This is probably the best collection of short stories in English I have read. Each one of the stories cuts to the quick on themes of love, hate, separation, reunion, guilt, and death. Some are by familiar authors, who I'd first read in junior high school, others were completely new to me. At no point was I reading just to finish the book; I savored each work. My favorites include pieces by Dorothy Parker, Fyodor Dostoevski, Daniel Keyes, Cynthia Rich (sister of Adrienne), Frank O'Conner, Jean Stafford, Guy de Maupassant, and Saul Bellow.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brianton on June 13, 2002
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This book was given to us by a Canadian exhange teacher and it has opened up so many avenues of reading. From Shirley Jackson's horror masterpiece The Lottery through to Truman Capote's My Side of the Matter, it is a brilliant, brillant anthology. A lifetime's reading awaits anyone who picks up this book as each story makes you seek out the author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HMC on January 5, 2007
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I read the first edition as a teenager; it opened my eyes to perspective in literature. This updated edition provides some of the best of the first edition with some new, very satisfying selections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.LAW on April 5, 2008
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This book offers an excellent selection of stories written in various points of view. If you want to accent your studies or if you need to see the point of view element in action, this book is the perfect source. Chapter organization is based on each type of point of view so that the reader can zero in on whatever point of view she would like to review. The authors featured are both classical writers and modern authors. After working through dozens of books on point of view, this one stands out from the others.
This book is a keeper. It belongs in the collection of any serious writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Carson on August 31, 2010
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Fantastic set of classic short stories. I have re-read many of them. While I have several collections of short stories- this one is by far the best.
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By Lesley Checkland-Orr on January 3, 2014
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I chose this rating because the book provides excellent examples of various narrative techniques from interior and dramatic monologue through memoir and autobiography to various POVs (points of view). The stories chosen are drawn from past and present masters of the short story genre, culturally diverse and of both genders. and are grouped so that each narrative technique can easily be explored by the reader who is interested in the refinements of writing, or by the writer who wants to hone his/her art. Each story stands on its own simply as good reading as well, so can be enjoyed by anyone with an appreciation of fine writing.
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