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The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield [Reading] ➶ The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield Author Katherine Mansfield – Thomashillier.co.uk This carefully crafted ebook The Complete Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield Literature Classics Series is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contentsKathleen Mansfie This carefully crafted Stories of PDF/EPUB ½ ebook The Complete Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield Literature Classics Series is formatted for your eReader with a functional and The Collected Kindle - detailed table of contentsKathleen Mansfield Murry – was a prominent modernist short story writer who wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield At Collected Stories of PDF ↠ Mansfield left New Zealand and settled in the UK where she became a friend of modernist writers such as DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf Her short stories show the complexities of a character's interior life in all its various shadesBliss and Other StoriesBlissPreludeJe ne Parle pas FrançaisThe Wind BlowsPsychologyPicturesThe Man without a TemperamentMr Reginald Peacock's DaySun and MoonFeuille d'Album The Garden Party and Other StoriesThe Garden PartyAt The BayThe Daughters of the Late ColonelMr and Mrs DoveThe Young GirlLife of Ma ParkerMarriage A La ModeThe VoyageMiss BrillHer First BallThe Singing Lesson The Doves' Nest and Other Stories The Doves' NestThe Doll's HouseHoneymoonA Cup of TeaTaking the VeilThe FlyThe CanarySomething Childish and Other StoriesSomething Childish but very NaturalThe Tiredness of RosabelHow Pearl Button was KidnappedThe Journey to BrugesA Truthful AdventureNew DressesThe Woman at the StoreOle UnderwoodThe Little GirlMilliePension SéguinVioletBains TurcsAn Indiscreet Journey In a German Pension and Other StoriesGermans at MeatThe BaronThe Sister of the BaronessFrau FischerFrau Brechenmacher Attends A WeddingThe Modern SoulAt Lehmann's The AloeLast Moments Before A Journey With The Storeman The Day After The AloeUnfinished StoriesA Married Man's StorySix Years AfterDaphneFather and the GirlsAll SereneA Bad IdeaA Man and His DogSuch a Sweet Old LadyHonestySusannahSecond ViolinMr and Mrs WilliamsWeak HeartWidowed.

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About the Author: Katherine Mansfield

Kathleen Mansfield Murry Stories of PDF/EPUB ½ née Beauchamp was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine The Collected Kindle - MansfieldKatherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period A number of her works including Miss Brill Prelude Collected Stories of PDF ↠ The Garden Party The Doll's House and later works such as The Fly are freuently colle.



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  1. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    I was going through my books almost forgotten now than I am cheating on them with my kindle not so often mind you and I found an old favorite that I read many years ago I enjoyed so much these short stories I had to include The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield here When you read her marvelous stories you travel throughout Europe and meet common or peculiar people Overall their reading is a timeless experience Mansfield had the talent to write apparently simplistic stories that are rich in their meaning Some of my favorites are ‘Miss Brill’ ‘Je ne Parle pas Français’ and ‘Marriage a la Mode’ I also loved the collection included in ‘The German Pension’ and The Garden PartyFrom Miss Brill “She had become really uite expert she thought at listening as though she didn't listen at sitting in other people's lives just for a minute while they talked round her” From The Garden Party and Other Stories “You are a ueen Let mine be the joy of giving you your kingdom” From The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield “Regret is an appalling waste of energy and no one who intends to be a writer can afford to indulge in it” Give it a try if you never had the pleasure of readimg one of her stories great chance you will enjoy it

  2. Annelies Annelies says:

    I love these short stories so much Of course the one is better than another but they're great The way she makes a short story feel as a full novel that's masterful You get the feeling they are complete that nothing is missing They are a full grown entity on theirselves The way she descripes what happens or often what things look like what people hear or see how things are what people think it's so precise and accurate Her stories are like little jewels wrapped in silk and step for step the jewel gets unfold until she is there in her most precious way of being

  3. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    This book lay unread on a shelf for years and years If I had known what treasures it contained it most definitely would not have remained unopened I read it during a particularly busy month of my life so I've had no time to write a review However I did find time to post update notes as I made my way through the eighty eight stories and they provide some idea of the themes and style of the various collections in this volume I've included them here instead of a reviewThe first story in this collection of short story collections is called Prelude and at 50 pages is almost a novella I thought at first Mansfield should have continued it but then realised it works perfectly as it is She is good at describing the very imaginative way children experience the world something most of us tend to forget once we reach adulthood How has she retained such clear memories?The next story Je Ne Parle Pas Français is a curious one showing Mansfield's idiosyncratic approach to narrative The narrator projects himself as a faithful dog some of the time we see him wag his tail or slump his ears depending on events And the crux of the story is slowly and perfectly revealed Blissreminded me of Virginia Woolf's writing especially in Mrs Dalloway but with an added brittleness We see cracks The Wind Blows and Mr Peacock's Day are like two sides of the same story the one from the pov of a girl attending music lessons the other from the pov of a singing teacher Psychology and Pictures both reveal how good Mansfield is at endings when she chooses to offer them Sun and Moon offer excellent insight into a child's mind The dilemma of The Man Without a Temperament has stayed with me all day Feuille d'Album a tiny story but rich like an egg Dill Pickle longer and sharper The Little Governess even longer but oddly neither sharp nor rich Revelations it's as if KM's conscience about her privileged existence is bothering her in this one The Escape sudden shifts in pov make this one very interesting That story marks the end of the first collection in this volume Bliss dated 1920The first story in The Garden Party collection is called At the Bay and at 40 pages long and divided into sections it is almost a novella To my great surprise and pleasure it picks up the story of the characters in the almost novella Prelude that began the first collection I remember wishing I could read about those characters and now I have Both stories are set in Tasmania or New Zealand I thinkAfter At the Bay I skipped forward to the final collection in this volume In a German Pension because it seems to have been written first and I was curious to read Mansfield's first experiments with short stories The thirteen very short tales are all set in Germany; almost all are about the clients of a particular boarding house in a spa town where they are all on a cure The odd characters drift in and out of the stories which are mostly narrated by a young English woman with a very satirical voiceBack to the The Garden Party collection the title story examines class differences Mansfield does this from time to time in her stories as if her conscience sometimes needles her though most of the stories in the first collection I read were filled with people who were privileged and had no thought for those who provide their comforts However of the stories in this later collection uestion ineualities in societyThe Dove's Nest collection is dedicated to Walter de la Mare Just as in the earlier collections in this volume it begins with a story about the Burnell family the characters I'd enjoyed so much in Prelude and At the Bay K M must have been working up to a novel with this set of characters If she'd written it I'd have read itThe other five stories in the collection haven't got the same energyIn A Truthful Adventure from the Something Childish collection one of the characters is traveling to the city I live in Nothing unusual about that you might say except that the city is rarely mentioned in literature I remember that Nabokov also has a character who travels here When I read his book I wondered if N had visited the city himself and if he'd scratched his name on a monument like another famous author had done Can't imagine KM leaving any graffiti thoughFrom Violet also in the Something Childish collection this interesting observation which gives a flavour of the ironic tone of many of Mansfield's young female narrators There is a very unctuous and irritating proverb to the effect that every cloud has a silver lining What comfort can it be to one steeped in clouds to ponder over the linings and what an unpleasant picture postcard seal it sets upon one's tragedy turning it into a little ha'penny monstrosity with a moon in the lefthand corner like a vainglorious threepenny bit Nevertheless like most unctuous things it is true

  4. lucy black lucy black says:

    Last night it was cold and raining with a fierce wind On the train home all I could think about was soup I got to the front door before realising I didn't have my keys Luckily my slightly unorganised brother had left a box of books in my garage I sat down on the broken rocking chair in the damp cobwebby garage and lost myself in these sad stories I really like her writing and found it totally fitting Really good winter reading

  5. Alison Alison says:

    This will not be a terribly thoughtful review just an expression of excitement I don’t know how I got this far in my life without anybody telling me what a wonderful writer Katherine Mansfield was She was a master of the modern short story When I consider most of the 20C short story collections I’ve read I think that Mansfield got there first and did it better And there was a terrible moment when I saw why Virginia Woolf felt so threatened by her because if I’d read the book with no cover or front matter I’d have thought Wow Virginia’s in really good form here I’d only have been puzzled by the references to New Zealand More thoughts here

  6. Inderjit Sanghera Inderjit Sanghera says:

    atharine Mansfield's opalescent prose like the diaphanous glimmer of pale winter sunshine on the  early morning frost echoes and reverberates across her stories suffusing it with a kind of sad somnolent atmosphere snapshots into the various facets of human behaviour although the primary driving force behind Mansfield's portraits is sympathy;  sympathy for the vain and vapid; yet endearing Beryl or the impoverished Kelvey family in 'The Doll's House' or the timid and timorous Reginald in the wonderful 'Mrs and Mrs Dove' Mansfield s uses pathos to explore the desire and motives of her characters their dreams and hopes and the small often unnoticed and un celebrated but important moments of their livesThe Burnell family are one of the mainstays in Mansfield's stories with 'Prelude' dealing with their recent move to the country the story is dominated by light and its resplendence;Long pencil rays of sunlight shone through and the wavy shadow of a bush outside danced on the golden lines Now it was still now it began to flutter again and now it came as far as her feetEverything looked different the painted wooden houses far smaller than they did by day the gardens far bigger and wilder Bright stars speckled the sky and the moon hung over the harbour dabbling the waves with goldLight is largely symbolic of the story itself the Burnell's are making  a fresh start of life away form the hustle of the town and into the comparative freedom of the country yet beneath Mansfield's picaresue prose there likes a sense of apprehension from the childish nervousness of Kezia and Lottie to Linda's baleful boredom with her at times fatuous husband  husband or Beryl's uncertainty about finding an unsuitable rich partner in the country Few writers explored the inner lives of their female characters with as much depth and subtlety as Mansfield sometimes in the case of Beryl's solilouies on her beauty the reader becomes sympathetic than expected or in the case of Linda's outwardly boorish husband Mansfield is able to late confound her initial characterisation and reader expectations by revealing that beneath the macho posturing he can be a kind and sensitive man such as when he spends the whole day fretting about not saying goodbye to his wife LindaMansfield's painterly vignettes freuently evoke impressionism and it's obsession with light and natures as Mansfield describes the various textures of the natural world from her Cezanne like description of a bowl of fruit in 'Je Ne Parle Pas Francais' or the Monet esue descriptions of moon light;As they stood on the steps the high grassy bank on which the aloe rested rose up like a wave and the aloe seemed to ride upon it like a ship with the oars lifted Bright moon light hung upon the lifted oars like water and the green waves glittered in the dueIt is not just the impressionist obsessions with light which Mansfield was influenced by but also some their social and psychological insights; her intimate and sensual descriptions of the female characters are reminiscent of Renoir once can also spot the influences of French literature and poetry in some of the melancholic descriptions;The far away sky a bright pure blue was reflected in the puddles and the drops swimming along the telegraph poles flashed into points of light Now the leaping glittering sea was so bright it made one's eyes ache to look at itThe other major influences in Mansfield as with most modern story writers is of course Chekhov who Mansfield pastiches and often even plagiarises and whose concern with the down trodden and pathetic is echoed in Mansfield's work Yet despite these obvious influences Mansfield's art is wholly her original her themes and style thoroughly post modern in which character motives and actions are rarely explained and left ambiguous and her shifts in narrative mean that Mansfield pioneered the post modern concept of the writer no longer explaining everything to the reader of engaging them by actively involving them in the art of story telling and challenging their capacities Indeed Mansfield's prose could be summed up in the following passage of self reflection by a character; Yet everything had come down the tiniest minutest particle and she did not feel her bed she floated held up in the air Only she seemed to be listening with her wide open watchful eyes waiting for someone who just did not come watching for something to happen than just did not happen 

  7. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    Mansfield is one of my favourite authors I first discovered a battered paperback pirate edition of Journal of Katherine Mansfield in a second hand shop and read it literally to pieces before it ocurred to me to look for her short stories Her writing makes fine end of the day reading; not to sit and read straight through justlikethat but to sip and savour Short story is not usually my favourite genre but then KM's short stories are completely unorthodox She herself said that the she wrote the she became aware that what I am doing has no form Or at least no recognisable codified form for the time At last for the first time the reader has access to all her stories in one place Those who have read her Journal in either the short form or the larger exhaustive Katherine Mansfield Notebooks Complete Edition will recognise jottings that were later expanded and completed Even the fragments of scenes collated and published as The Dove's Nest And Other Stories have a finished air about them; some of them shine like jewels One of my favourites is The Canary 1923 a deceptively simple monologue by an older woman There's nothing to it but there's so much in it I wish Penguin had placed the stories and fragments in the order in which they were written or at least published so that it would be easier to see the progression in her craftmanship as a writer As it is the first collection In a German Pension 13 Stories comes at the very end of this edition I guess you could say it provides a stark contrast with her mature work; I have to admit I didn't like it much I don't know whether she was consciously trying to be cynical and blasé playing to an English audience of the time or whether she simply disliked Germany the Germans and particularly their food and conversational habits and used these stories as an exercise in payback The influence of other authors is pronounced in Pension particularly Chekov whom Mansfield so admired in the final story A Blaze If Elsa wasn't inspired by Professor Sebrekov's wife Elena from Uncle Vanya I'd like very much to know where she came from Another German story The Child Who Was Tired resonates heavily with an older French short story the name of its author escapes me also about a child nursemaid who strangles a baby just so she can get some sleepThis is one of those books I will return to again and again Thank you KathyETA The short story that Mansfield copied was by Anton Chekov and one of the English titles for it is Sleepy Mansfield was instrumental in translating many of Chekov's works but in this case admiration spilled over into rank plagiarism Perhaps she knew few people of the day had or would read it Not nice at all Kathy

  8. Rachel M Rachel M says:

    Mansfield glimmers and sparkles like a Monet painting and prismatically collects poignant little images and pieces of life Her short stories thrill me and whenever I need a new taste of life I seek her out Some of her images have captured me for years and have become private jokes When the woman meets a man she once loved in Dill Pickle and “the tiger which had slumbered peacefully roused and woke himself” and the girl in Garden Party whose entire life of luxury is shattered when she comes upon a cottage in which the father of the household has just died the “inward expression when one has swallowed cream” Beautiful uniue writer

  9. maggie maggie says:

    These stories were written around the time of WW1 and yet they are so fresh and the acute observations of human interaction resonate 100 years on I particularly enjoyed the stories set in New Zealand a window on a genteel life not uite English This whole collection is just a feast

  10. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    The only short story writer that comes close to Chekhov Brilliant

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