Collected Stories

Collected Stories

Book - 1992
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Penguin Putnam
A collection of short stories from celebrated author William Trevor in which he shines a light on the day-to-day life of Ireland and its citizens. William Trevor's Last Stories is forthcoming from Viking.

From his debut collection, “The Day We Got Drunk on Cake,” published in 1968, to “Family Sins” (1990), William Trevor has crafted the short story to perfection, giving us brilliant and subtle stories full of the reversals, surprises, and shadowy truths we discover in life itself. To read this volume is not just to encounter an extraordinary literary stylist, but to understand life as surely as though we were looking through the eyes of his protagonists and—deeper still—into their hearts.

William Trevor: The Collected Stories includes the tales from his seven previous books, as well as four stories that have never appeared in book form in America. They depict the comforts and frustrations of life in rural Ireland, the complexities of family relationships, and the elusive grace of love. They portray the almost invisible strands that bind people to each other as well as the chains that imprison them in solitary yearning.

Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, 1992
ISBN: 9780670841295
Branch Call Number: FICTION TREVO...W
Characteristics: viii, 1,261 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

William Trevor (who died earlier this week) started writing in his 30's and luckily lived another half-century to give us an incredible treasure of work. He was a master of the short story- the Irish equivalent of our great Canadian writer Alice Munro. HIs settings were in the Irish and Anglo-Irish worlds, but really his terrain was the human heart. Fine writer-- I recommend reading anything (short stories or novel) by him.

Jul 05, 2010

William Trevor's a London-based Irish story-writer: mostly short stories, though he's written novels. He's as good a craftsman as Graham Greene, in capturing characters and their predicaments with just a few adroit brushstrokes, as well as the heart that informs his art. There's something mildly olden about his spare writing, but he seldom resorts to fancy language and never sounds out-of-date. Always sympathetic to his characters, even those (very much in the minority) who aren't civilized or urbane. In an interview he's said that happiness is boring; that's revealing about his work.
This book collects all his published stories, plus four more, up to around 1990 -- since which he's written a few dozen more. Most will reward the attentive reader, and several are exemplary.


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