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William Trevor: The Collected Stories Paperback – December 1, 1993
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Stated broadly, Trevor's stories seem to fall into two distinct types, English and Irish. The former tend to be (as do many of the earlier stories) sharp and edgy, whereas the latter tend to be quiet and pastoral. Although it is the Irish stories that appear to garner the greatest praise from the critics, I prefer the greater cynicism (often bordering on, but never quite reaching, downright misanthropy) of the English stories.
Having to choose my favorites from among this potent collection is akin to separating gold coins that are 100% pure from those that are 99.975% pure (soft though they would be!), but three continue to haunt me just a little more than the others.Read more ›
He goes wrong, just a little, once in a while. So did every truly great writer we know. Most of the time he opens a door on the world of two or three people, and shows us the universe in the process. He is a breathtaking artist. Witness 'Another Christmas' - in a dingy living room and armed with no one but an aging Irish couple, he brings home the Troubles in Ireland in epic, heartbreaking scope. And 'Torridge'...a girl said to me when this story first appeared in The New Yorker that it was like Beethoven's Fifth; you can't imagine it not having been around before. It's that good.
Readers! You can do no better than to get to know what this man can do with a pen.
I then knew I would read more William Trevor and ordered this book straight away. Even since my life has changed! More than 8o stories with such an insight into human character, I wonder if Trevor is the modern Shakepeare, with a xray talent for discerning the inner workings of human souls?
"Death In Jerusalem ", is haunting and wonderful. Every story a joy to read. I spend my evenings now listening to light jazz and reading William Trevor. My life has reached a new peak and the Tele is being sold for junk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful collection for his fans. Not a take-it-with-you size but a great home companion.Published 9 months ago by kid
William Trevor is a great writer and this is a good collection of his work. Get if you can.Published 13 months ago by Inktense
The one consolation for Bill Whalesley for his otherwise disastrous marriage
was his wife's cooking - especially her wonderful English breakfasts. Read more
I'm reading my way through this massive collection and trying to slow down and savor these amazing stories but I keep plowing ahead... Read morePublished 18 months ago by RhodeIsland 1969
William Trevor is an absolutely fine writer of short stories. In my opinion he is the best contemporary writer of the short story. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Dr Peter Barr