HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Selected Stories (2010)

by William Trevor

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
205396,206 (4.38)44
Collects forty-eight short stories by the author that span more than half a century that illuminate the human condition.

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 44 mentions

Showing 3 of 3
Only read (listened to) "A Day"
  Andes42 | Sep 24, 2020 |
Forty eight short stories are included in this collection. I can only say that they are all wonderful, moving stories of human relationships. Events that impact and influence those relationships are related in a very subtle way that somehow brings out the human in the people covered in the narrative. Trevor has an ability to weave all the words together so that the stories are very taught; there are no extraneous words or sentences. More pleasing for me, there is no gratuitous use of vulgarities or sex scenes just to excite a reader- I don't mind and may even enjoy them, of course, if they are vital for the development of the story. But Trevor manages to maintain the reader's attention by the manner in which his characters relate to each other; their foibles, their nostalgia. ( )
  xieouyang | Sep 6, 2013 |
Trevor is the successor to the James Joyce who wrote [bc:Dubliners|11012|Dubliners|James Joyce|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1312325896s/11012.jpg|260248], but not the Joyce of the later works. His stories represent not an experiment in style, but the refinement of style. Trevor is a master of the short story form.

The stories are slow burners. Usually they start with a character engaged in a familiar routine in a given milieu (which is usually rural Ireland). Soon a twist in perception occurs and the reader finds himself aware of the characters' internal struggles. Often there's a darker element involved; homicide, incest, etc. But the focus of the stories isn't on the details of the dark happening, but on the complex emotional states that follow, and on the decisions that are made afterward. These are stories that will stay with you for a long time after you read them. You may find yourself welling up with complex feelings and considering anew things that have happened in your own life, and how you come to terms with past events that haunt you. I suppose that's the engine that motivates these stories: how the past continues to haunt.

You'd be well served to read one of these stories a week; to fully savor and consider each one, and the parallels each draws to your own life. It took me a year, off and on, to read this book for that reason. ( )
  EricKibler | Apr 6, 2013 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
"Selected Stories" (2010) is a unique work, do not combine with other story collections.
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Collects forty-eight short stories by the author that span more than half a century that illuminate the human condition.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.38)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 1
3.5 1
4 3
4.5 2
5 9

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 150,931,913 books! | Top bar: Always visible