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Diana Secker Tesdell

Author of Christmas Stories (Everyman's Library)

17 Works 1,180 Members 16 Reviews

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Tesdell, Diana Secker
Birthdate
20th Century
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Occupations
editor

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A very solid collection of short stories from the 19th/20th centuries that all have something to do with the sea. I particularly enjoyed Jack London's "The House of Mapuhi" and Stephen Crane's "The Open Sea", which read like a watercolour painting; I didn't get on with Patricia Highsmith's "One for the Islands" or the last story, Mark Halprin's "Sail Shining in White" (smug; wildly unconvincing dialogue). Definitely one to dip into if you've got a thematic interest in the sea or seafaring.
 
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siriaeve | 3 other reviews | Dec 13, 2023 |
A pleasant mix of stories but nothing that really made my brain zing. I think I liked the Conrad and Butler stories best.
 
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elahrairah | 3 other reviews | Apr 4, 2023 |
Stories that I quite enjoyed: "Young Goodman Brown" (Hawthorne); "Troll Bridge" ( Gaiman); "The Poacher" (Le Guin); "The Bottle Imp" (Stevenson); "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"—perhaps my faviourite of the bunch (Bierce); "The Country of the Blind" (Wells); "The Tiger's Bride" (Carter); and "The Dancing Dwarf" (Murakami).

But I can't say I found any of the stories to be truly captivating, while some felt positively ponderous. Hence, three stars for the book overall.
 
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ubiquitousuk | 3 other reviews | Jun 30, 2022 |
Personal highlights include the evocative, atmospheric tales by Bradbury, Poe, Stevenson, Crane, and Ballard; and the rich character studies of Lessing, Updike, Conrad, and Dinesen.
 
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Works
17
Members
1,180
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Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
16
ISBNs
34
Languages
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