Selected Stories

Selected Stories William Trevor s Last Stories is forthcoming from Viking Selected as one of The New York Times Book Review s Best Books of the Year Four time winner of the O Henry Prize three time winner of the W

  • Title: Selected Stories
  • Author: William Trevor
  • ISBN: 9780143115960
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Trevor s Last Stories is forthcoming from Viking Selected as one of The New York Times Book Review s 10 Best Books of the Year.Four time winner of the O Henry Prize, three time winner of the Whitbread Award, and five time nominee for the Booker Prize, William Trevor is one of the most acclaimed authors of our era Over a career spanning than half a century,William Trevor s Last Stories is forthcoming from Viking Selected as one of The New York Times Book Review s 10 Best Books of the Year.Four time winner of the O Henry Prize, three time winner of the Whitbread Award, and five time nominee for the Booker Prize, William Trevor is one of the most acclaimed authors of our era Over a career spanning than half a century, Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition A powerful collection by the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language The New Yorker , Selected Stories brings together forty eight stories from After Rain, The Hill Bachelors, A Bit on the Side, and Cheating at Canasta.

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    1. I received this as a Christmas present and I didn't know William Trevor at all, but what an amazing collection. The highest praise I can give it is that I had a hard time reading two stories in a row: the characters were so beautifully drawn that it was completely disjointing to skip immediately to someone new. Emotionally, I needed a break in between. Great, great short story writer.

    2. The first lines of the first story and the last lines of the last story in this collection give evidence of William Trevor’s remarkable gift, craft, and consistency: “Violet married the piano tuner when he was a young man. Belle married him when he was old.” And: “He knows where he is with all this; he knows what he’s about, as he does in other aspects of his tidy life. And yet this morning he likes himself less than he likes his friend.” (His friend is a withdrawn, lost soul working [...]

    3. This collects (not selects, as the title suggests) Trevor's four most recent books of stories in their entirety. Of the 48 stories, not one may be called second-rate, though some are clearly standouts.Trevor's writing is straightforward, his register quiet. Charles McGrath said in a Times review: "He is not a clever or metaphorical writer. Nothing in a Trevor story is “like” something else; things are what they are." These stories are as close to real life as fiction gets. Trevor's mastery o [...]

    4. This book, Selected Stories, is, as the title suggests, a selection of William Trevor's stories. There are 48 stories here, which is an indication of the man's prolificacy. Most of the stories are about ten pages long, with one major exception I'll get to. They are prosaically titled: some titles include: "A Day," "Three People," "The Children," "The Room," "A Friendship." Almost all of them are set in Ireland (Trevor's birthplace) and England (his current residence), although a few are set in F [...]

    5. Trevor is indeed a master of the short story. This collection plumbs the depth and breadth of his efforts in this form. The writer exerts strong narrative control of his stories, most told in omniscient voice with an Irish cadence. The shifts and climaxes are subtle, and often sad. The themes are adult relationships, immigration, guilt, religion, abuse, revolution and death. Trevor's Irish immigrants always fare badly in the new country, be that England or America, and they return to the home co [...]

    6. Trevor is the successor to the James Joyce who wrote , 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 elemen [...]

    7. This is an old Irish guy I had never heard of. Turns out he's written about a million books. I really like most of these short stories.

    8. NY Times best book # 7. It's gonna be 2012 before I finish the ten best books of 2010. So glad I gave myself assigned pleasure reading while in grad school. I think I need an intervention.

    9. Forty-eight wonderful stories of thought provoking human interest. The author uses beautiful language to convey what his characters are all about.

    10. Whenever I’m sitting around with other people who are passionate about their reading and writing, and the subject of the best living writers comes up, sooner or later someone mentions William Trevor. He shows up regularly in the “Best of” and O. Henry anthologies. He has written, it seems, hundreds of short stories and dozens of novels. In school, I bought his collected stories for a class and ended up reading all 1,000+ pages. So I knew that sooner or later Trevor would come back around, [...]

    11. I respect the writer’s talent, but this is too much of a good thing. It was a library checkout, so pressure was to finish. This is better a bookshelf book, read in small doses, IMO.

    12. I gave this three stars, because Trevor is a master of the craft of writing. I withheld the other two stars because how many stories about sad Irish folk do you really need?

    13. It took me a long time to get through this collection, because each short story is a novel in its emotional and imaginative depth. Sublime.

    14. Give it a 4-star ratings because of gems of wisdom scattered among the stories. For example, that shame results in humility, which is very true whether you feel shame or embarrassment because of your own actions or someone else. And humility is often precious. Most stories are very true (and very sad). In general, I don't like this genre, it doesn't inspire to read about mistakes, problems, regrets, and hopelessness. There is always another way to look at many life situations, while some of them [...]

    15. March 2011. A few weeks ago the NY Times released its 10 best books of 2010. It came as no surprise to me that SELECTED STORIES of William Trevor, a volume of 48 stories published in November, was one of the ten. SELECTED STORIES contains short fiction from Trevor's most recent collectionsAfter Rain (1996), The Hill Bachelors (2000), A Bit on the Side (2004), and Cheating at Canasta (2007). The NY Times Book Review calls the stories "treasures of gorgeous writing, brilliant dialogue, and unforge [...]

    16. There’s wonderfully deliberate pacing in these stories, and familiar truths in all that I’ve read. There’s also something overcast in them; they move forward slowly, as life does, usually revealing some sort of pain or bittersweet-ness in the characters’ lives.They’re all subtly brilliant and insightful, though sometimes reading them has the effect of someone draping a thick blanket over you slowly as you settle into sleep. You know these characters, are related to them, went to school [...]

    17. I have been reading this book for two months. I can't continue renewing it from the library forever, so I will be buying a copy. These delicious stories must be savoured slowly. I have been reading them and marvelling over them one at a time. The author has a distinctive ability to write about women's inner lives. The stories are extremely subtle but often have shocking plot twists - a combination I've never experienced before. I was left gasping after reading The Piano Tuner's Wives, Gilbert's [...]

    18. Had never heard of William Trevor and had never really wanted to visit Ireland. Now though, I have marked up a map with all of the villages and spots of interest from the short stories and I am dying to visit them and see if they are what they seem. True, many of the stories had very depressing themes, but I found powerful lessons in most of them and characters, situations and settings that will last with me for a while. I might suggest a sampling, rather then cover to cover to my good reads fri [...]

    19. These are technical masterworks but in general, I found myself just not caring about very many of these stories. Granted, I didn't get to all of them. But other than that they were in this big, honking book I'd picked up on Trevor's reputation, I don't know what was supposed to compel me beyond the first few paragraphs here.Authority and sure-footedness are great qualities to bring to a roadside sobriety test. But for me, fiction requires a little more raw-throated zip.

    20. This book took many months to read because I read it aloud to my husband on car trips. Great read-alouds and great stories for pondering and discussing as the miles rolled by. So often it was how much Trevor was able to convey with what he DIDN'T say that blew both of us away. Of course we liked some of the stories better than others, but it's hard to imagine a more satisfying "live talking book" for our next car trips.

    21. William Trevor is such a powerful writer that words fall away, punctuation disappears, and the reader feels as if she's entered the story, watching the characters interact and actually hearing their conversations. My only complaint is that the stories are often dark and there can be a feeling of doom; yet, Trevor captures the full range of human emotion, putting into words feelings and thoughts that are difficult to express.

    22. This 567 page book of short stories is a perfect gem. A gem, only if you are a William Trevor fan. I read a story every night and thoroughly enjoy the sentence structure and language. Trevor slips into the life of his various characters and crafts an everyday tale. Some find his work dark. I find his observations true to life.

    23. This is a comprehensive collection of Trevor's stories. Most of them are set in post war Ireland and reflect the culture and rural society of its people. Two of the stories I loved are Rose Wept and At Olivehill. I like to read as story before bed, as one can finish it in 30 minutes. Trevor is a beautiful writer.

    24. Absolutely beautiful writing with amazing character development and insight. Excellent, thought-provoking short stories.Favorites:The Piano Tuner's WivesThe Hill BachelorsChild's PlayA Bit on the SideCheating at CanastaSitting with the DeadA Perfect Relationship

    25. Births, lives, loves and death in Ireland; you'd think there would be some joy here. Plodding, somber and humorless lives, perhaps that's how it is.I bought the anthology after reading a Trevor story in another collection.Too much of a good thing! I finished it though.

    26. Powerful, evocative, brilliant, scintillating all of that and more. Wlliam Trevor upholds the highest Irish literary standards.This is one of the very finest collections of stories I have ever read,like reading Joyce's best.

    27. I am not usually a fan of short stories, but this compilation was wonderful. The subject matter of the stories varied widely. One of the notes on the back of the edition I read summed it up perfectly. These are "exquisitely rendered tales that illuminate the human condition."

    28. These finely sculpted and timeless stories provide a greater appreciation for finding beauty in the minutiae of daily life.For the complete list of 2012 Notable Books winners, please visit RUSA Awards 2012

    29. Trevor's stories are addictive. You think, "I'll just have one." Then you eat the whole box. Some (OK, most) are sad, some are quite funny, some are creepy, but none a wasted ingredient.

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