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Sintesi dell'editore

The 15 stories collected in this volume demonstrate the genius of a woman who, in her own short lifetime, was compared to Chekhov. The tales are sensitive revelations of human behavior in ordinary situations.

With careful, quiet observation, Mansfield illuminates complicated relationships and profound, often troubling ideas. Her stories often feature young women in the process of maturity, confronting for the first time some of the realities of life.

In the title story, a young woman's garden party coincides with the death of a working-class neighbor, bringing a brush of mortality and realism into her carefully constructed plans and ideals. Her difficulty in fully realizing the seriousness of the event is typical of Mansfield's ironic world.

Public Domain (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"With the timing and phrasing of a musician, Marguerite Gavin narrates this last-published collection of Katherine Mansfield's short stories. Gavin has a lovely singing voice....[She] reads with a great deal of enthusiasm and expression." ( AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • James
  • 06/12/2011

Great writer . . . poor narrator.

Would you try another book from Katherine Mansfield and/or Marguerite Gavin?

Katherine Mansfield's stories are delicate gems, but they require a sensitive reading, which is sadly lacking here.

What did you like best about this story?

The stories are held together with tiny strands, usually made from the internal emotional progression of the characters, but sometimes held together by the reader's emotional reaction to the story. A specific effect or mood seems to be intended, so it's more effective to read/hear these stories at one sitting.

These are delicacies, not steak and potatoes. But when you connect with the story, the emotional zingers are quite powerful. That is what I enjoy about Mansfield's stories.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is terrible, I'm sorry to say. This my first great disappointment with an narrator. I guess she is trying to sound ironic, but instead she sounds laconic, catatonic, lobotomized, monotone. Once in a while she loses her self-consciousness and gets emotionally connected with the reading. At those times she is fairly effective.

What character would you cut from The Garden Party and Other Stories?

These are exquisite masterpieces for the connoisseur who appreciates them. You can't edit masterpieces!

Any additional comments?

Look for another collection with a different narrator. This reading is just too painful to enjoy.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Frank Donnelly
  • 08/01/2022

A Really Fine Collection of Modernist Short Stories

This is an excellent audiobook. First, as a product, Marguerite Gavin is excellent. Her narration is faithful to the written word and she acts out the readings with emphasis and emotion. I was very pleased with her reading.

Secondly I have come to appreciate modernism. For me it is an acquired taste. I am quite sure these stories will not suit the taste of every reader. There was a time they did not appeal to me. Often there seems to be little plot. The stories are more about style and symbolism. Within that context one may wish to read one or more of these stories before purchasing the audiobook.

But Katherine Mansfield is excellent as a modernist short story author and Marguerite Gavin is excellent. Thank You…

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eli
  • 19/10/2015

lovely reads

soothing and artistic voices. a pleasure to listen throughout the day and during a long drive