A Collection Of Short Stories
This collection is introduced by Lydia Davis. Angela Carter is perhaps the Queen of Magic Realism.
Chiang spent years working on these science-fiction short stories creating epic worlds that are beyond the imagination. In the seven short stories that make up this collection, Haruki Murakami depicts the lives of men who for various reasons have found themselves alone.
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Beautifully illustrated, this collection is a great gift for friends and family. But in this collection of short stories for adults, things get a lot darker. Looking for more world-class literature? Sign up to the Literary Reads newsletter and be the first to discover the latest news from our award-winning Picador authors. Read our privacy notice to find out how we hold and use your personal information.
The New Villa. The Bishop. A Woman's Kingdom. The Kiss. The Death of a Government Clerk. My Life. The Murder. At a Summer Villa. The Man in a Case. About Love. The Story of An Hour. A Pair of Silk Stockings. Desiree's Baby. Beyond the Bayou. The Storm. A Matter of Prejudice. A Shameful Affair. The Locket.
The Monkey's Paw. The Necklace. The Terror.
The Piece of String. A Dead Woman's Secrets. The Adopted Son. A Family. A Ghost. The Beggar. The Blind Man. Sredni Vashtar. The Schartz-Metterklume Method.
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The Interlopers. The Lumber Room. The Open Window. The Dreamer. The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh. The Way to the Dairy.
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A Love Passage. A Love Knot. Manners Makyth Man. The flexibility of short story collections allows her to experiment with a few different forms in each story, too, which is a joy as a reader who appreciates rage and variety. Modernists, rejoice. Standout Line: "He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances. He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a verb in the past tense. Most poignant is "Lust," for which the collection is named after.
Standout Line: "After the briskness of loving, loving stops. And you roll over with death stretched out alongside you like a feather boa, or a snake, light as air. She laughed extremely hard, hoping to be liked. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. The man who'd introduced them didn't much like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one. Short and sweet but loaded with messages and lessons, Miranda July's short stories are as whimsical as they are profound.
Each tale is thematically unique, but they each fit within the same tone and overall feel. Each character is unique, offbeat, and quirky, while also managing to be totally relatable. Standout Line: "They wordlessly excused each other for not loving each other as much as they had planned to.
There were empty rooms in the house where they had meant to put their love, and they worked together to fill these rooms with midcentury-modern furniture.