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In the title story, Mansfield concentrates on young Laura Sheridan on the afternoon of her family's garden party. The story follows the family through the preparations--flags to identify the different sandwiches, the delivery of cream puffs, the setting up of a marquee on the lawn. This perfect idyll is broken, however, by news of a fatal accident down the lane. A young workman has been killed, leaving a wife and five children. Into Laura's perfect Eden, death comes whispering and her reaction to it is both subtle and surprising. In fact, many of Mansfield's stories feature young women on the brink of adulthood--facing, for the first time, the realities of their constricted lives. Love is a trap; childbearing is another; death can be "simply marvellous." Mansfield died in 1923 of tuberculosis, leaving behind a body of work that is as bold, unconventional, and modern as she was. The Garden Party and Other Stories is a fitting epitaph. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this for a college course, it was very interesting and insightful.
Her writing is very good and it observes the time and of the classes of which it was written.
Old fashioned stories taking place in an era long gone by.A slow read but charming subjects covered. Gave not finished the book yet...but i will......Published 2 months ago by Anne Sisson
Katherine Mansfield wrote in what is considered by some to be the golden age of the short story. This is most appropriate because, as this tome illustrates, she writes with a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by propertius
I couldn't get past the first chapter. However, for those who enjoy flowery language and the type of culture this book brings to mind, it's probably fine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karen Utley
If you are above the age of 10, this book is not for you. It's really for kids, plot treatment and ending.Published 7 months ago by M. Schuermann
While it is annoying (even in a free book) to find there us no table of contents, these are nonetheless superlative, well-crafted stories written by one of the masters of the short... Read morePublished 8 months ago by B. F. Mooney
Missing your time at the beach? Read "At the bay" and you will back under the spell of salt air and sand. Ever wondered what it takes to pull off a "Garden Party"? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
It wasn't interesting...I tried to get interested, but it was too dull. I quit reading after about one half hour.Published 11 months ago by Natalie Workman
I don't like historical novels, they are not an easy read because I don't feel like I am visiting the people, I feel like it is an account of something happening elsewherePublished 14 months ago by E.A. Farnsworth