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  1. Chris Chaplin Chris Chaplin says:

    This collection of 15 short stories is designed as an introduction for Australian senior secondary school students ie aged 15 18 years with each story starting with a brief bio on the author and supplemented by a set of uestions and activities for the reader to pursue plus some notes on the text and suggested further readingWhile the notes were useful I didn't need the activities to guide me in exploring or understanding each text even though they were well conceived and constructed For me the delight of this short book was to provide a sampling of the short story format by some of the world's great writers Of the 15 tales I had only read three Joyce's Eveline from his superb 1912 publication Dubliners Henry Lawson's nation defining classic The Drover's Wife which I'd read in The Bush Undertaker And Other Stories and James Thurber's 1939 masterpiece The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which I'd read in an anthology when I was in primary school I didn't mind re reading themThere were two authors I was unfamiliar with Barbara Baynton's Sueaker's Mate is a relentlessly grim Aussie bush tale from 1912 brutal in its depiction of a lazy deceitful cowardly selector settler his tough hard working mate – she's never given a name – and her loyal dog The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs is a 1902 British horror that perfectly exemplifies the reason to be careful what you wish for The rest – Anton Chekhov Colette William Faulkner DH Lawrence Katherine Mansfield Guy de Maupassant Edgar Allan Poe Leo Tolstoy HG Wells and Oscar Wilde – provide superlative tales across a range of genres My favourite though was the last story in the anthology Wilde's The Happy Prince you can read it yourself online at Project Gutenberg This urban fairy tale exhibits all the razor sharp wit and damning social commentary Wilde is famous for cleverly framed within the simple story of a lovelorn swallow left behind when his flock flies south to Egypt who shelters one night at the foot of a statue The opening four paragraphs give an immediate taste of the Wilde's elouence and savageryHigh above the city on a tall column stood the statue of the Happy Prince He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold for eyes he had two bright sapphires and a large red ruby glowed on his sword hiltHe was very much admired indeed He is as beautiful as a weathercock remarked one of the Town Councillors who wished to gain a reputation for having artistic tastes; only not uite so useful he added fearing lest people should think him unpractical which he really was notWhy can't you be like the Happy Prince? asked a sensible mother of her little boy who was crying for the moon The Happy Prince never dreams of crying for anythingI am glad there is someone in the world who is uite happy muttered a disappointed man as he gazed at the wonderful statueAlas the statue might be beautiful but it certainly isn't happy which the swallow learns when it discovers that the rain is teardrops from the Prince's eyes It turns out that the Prince had never cried when he was alive because he had lived in the Palace of Sans Souci where sorrow is not allowed to enter But now that he's a statue on such a tall pedestal I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weepI could not choose but weep at the end of this tragic tale whether from the beauty of the swallow's selfless devotion or the bleakness of the human society Wilde so clinically exposes In fact I had the same reaction to this story as I did to Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl this is not a tale for children whose innocence of the true cruelty and misery in our world should be preserved It's bitter enough even for us adults whose hearts have turned to lead

  2. Alayne Alayne says:

    As an introduction to some classic authors this is an excellent book Designed for senior high school students it includes things to think about after reading each story which ordinary readers can of course ignore Very worthwhile reading

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Classic Short Stories ⚡ [PDF] ✍ Classic Short Stories By Philip Gardner ✵ – Stories for upper middle and senior students by Barbara Baynton Anton Chekhov Colette William Faulkner WW Jacobs James Joyce DH Lawrence Henry Lawson Katherine Mansfield Guy de Maupassant Edgar Allan Stories for upper middle and senior students by Barbara Baynton Anton Chekhov Colette William Faulkner WW Jacobs James Classic Short PDF/EPUB or Joyce DH Lawrence Henry Lawson Katherine Mansfield Guy de Maupassant Edgar Allan Poe James Thurber Leo Tolstoy HG Wells Oscar Wilde.

  • Paperback
  • 152 pages
  • Classic Short Stories
  • Philip Gardner
  • English
  • 28 September 2014
  • 9780732903992