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  1. says:

    It is always a little sad to reach the point where there is no fiction to read by a favourite writer let's hope she still

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    I felt very conflicted about this book The majority of stories in it were extremely unpleasant and several The Dried Witch In the Air so painful I couldn't read them in full Byatt is not at all in her best in the realistic short story medium; her plots stop short in that maddening manner so common to modern short story aut

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    I must admit to being completely in awe of AS Byatt I am always struck by her ualities of great luminous intelligence her keen eye her amazing sense for detail especially emotional detail I wonder what it's like to be her and just be seeing so much and understanding so much I get the sense of this incredibly rich inner life so co

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    Racine and the Tablecloth This is such a deeply felt story that it’s hard to avoid wondering if the central conflict between Emil

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    This collection of short stories contains the underlying themes of fear futility and the uncertainty of life As always Byatt's prose is beautiful to read but this collection leaves one with a sense of unease

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    Complex and beautifully worded this was a very uneven read for me I enjoyed the first Racine and the Tablecloth and last Sugar most with On the Day that EM Forster Died coming in third I loathed The Dried Witch I prefer her long narratives much and look forward to getting to those I've missed

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    Read the first two stories then gave up Very wordy wasn't in the mood

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    This is one of those books that makes me wish it were possible to use half stars in rating it It's a very uneven collection certainly not a fo

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    Every time I read Byatt I find myself choosing my words carefully for the hour or two after I put the book down Her word

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    My favorite story in this collection is The July Ghost a poignant ghost story It's not a genre that one associates with AS Byatt but she's superb at rendering atmosphere so it should really come as no surprise th

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AS Byatt's short fictions collected in paperback for the first time explore the fragile ties between generati. I must admit to being completely in awe of AS Byatt I am always struck by her ualities of great luminous intelligence her keen eye her amazing sense for detail especially emotional detail I wonder what it s like to be her and just be seeing so much and understanding so much I get the sense of this incredibly rich inner life so complex and layered and full of possibility Reading her makes the world seem bigger and denser and brighter and important This wonderful book of short stories demonstrates a wide range of styles and moods from witty ghost stories to precise intimate memoir from savage fable to the terrors of daily life Byatt invests the smallest details with so much meaning that it points at living and experiencing in a deeper and completely human manner DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi the first Folk Shawls time explore Why Knock Rock? the fragile Fiction Writers Workshop ties between generati. I must admit Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch to being completely in awe of AS Byatt I am always struck by her ualities of great luminous intelligence her keen eye her amazing sense for detail especially emotional detail I wonder what it s like Fabricate to be her and just be seeing so much and understanding so much I get First & Then the sense of Ella Puede! the world seem bigger and denser and brighter and important This wonderful book of short stories demonstrates a wide range of styles and moods from witty ghost stories Newlyweds Anal Lessons to precise intimate memoir from savage fable The Millionairess to Elements of the Writing Craft the Me Tawk Funny terrors of daily life Byatt invests E.E. Cummings the smallest details with so much meaning Judgment Day that it points at living and experiencing in a deeper and completely human manner

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Sugar and Other Stories

Ons the dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it resulting in a book that co. Racine and the Tablecloth This is such a deeply felt story that it s hard to avoid wondering if the central conflict between Emily an awkward unpopular bookish girl who writes brilliantly and the headmistress of her school who patronizingly distrusts Emily s narrow focus on writing to the exclusion of traditional feminine virtues is drawn at least in part from Byatt s own childhood Be that as it may it s a story about women raging against all the things that trammel them in the tablecloth in particular represents the embroidery that Emily s aunt who dreamed of traveling and learning took refuge in towards the end of a life that turned out to be entirely devoted to caring for others and included none of what she wanted Racine on the other hand is the teenage Emily s favorite playwright and Phedre represents a similar struggle of passion and desire against limits The ending makes it clear that Byatt does not want you to regard this as a tale from a bygone era describing a problem that no longer exists A rare story in which writing a brilliant essay on a French play is a blow for the rights of womenThe July Ghost Manages to achieve a kind of ghostliness itself by not naming its main characters who are only the man and the the woman The woman still traumatized by the death of her son some years ago takes the man as a lodger and he starts seeing her son s ghost The ghost assumes an increasingly large role in their household in a rather inimical way the ending leaves it unclear not only what path the story will take next but also what path it should take The woman is another female character whose family obligations have kept her from achieving her desires even though in this case the obligation is to a dead family memberThe Next Room A vicious jab at people who conceive of the afterlife as a sort of suburban paradise where you will be reunited with your beloved family members Joanna the main character has spent twenty years nursing her mother suppressing her career her tastes and her personality to adjust for her mother s imperious and abrasive nature Now that her mother is dead she hopes to finally escape from the fetters of her family even at the age of 59 it may still be possible for her to revive her career which is the main thing she cares about Instead she starts hearing her dead parents uarreling as if in the titular location The implication that there is no escape from the family related oppression of women even in the afterlife is fairly grimThe Dried Witch A sudden left turn abandoning modern Britain for a small village in an unnamed and probably imaginary Asian country at an unspecified time that s probably at least a millennium ago Even grimmer than The Next Room it presents a childless and now probably widowed the husband of A Oa the titular witch was taken away to be a soldier years ago and never returned middle aged woman s decision to become a witch not as an act of rebellion a la Lolly Willowes but instead as part of a process by which her village and by extension the larger society rids itself of unnecessary women The whole process has the air of a ritual in which everybody including A Oa is simply playing a part and the outcome A Oa s death is never in doubt The only part that rings a bit false is the ending in which A Oa is granted some measure of revengeLoss of Face This takes place in I think we are meant to understand a modern version of the country from The Dried Witch Set in a conference on English literature happening in this imaginary Asian country it implies that while Asians have carefully studied the English as represented by their expert knowledge of their literature when our protagonist Celia gives a lecture on Milton one of the host professors presents a learned response the English know almost nothing about the Asians and are mystified by all aspects of the host country The title ends up becoming a rather clever pun flipping a stereotype about Asians into one about how Westerners perceive them However using a made up country naturally encourages the reader the Western reader at least to see it as a stand in for all of Asia which seems a bit counterproductive isn t Byatt arguing that Westerners should know about the specificity of Asian countries and in general she is heavy handed and obvious here than she usually isOn the Day that EM Forster Died Weird story about a middle aged female writer who has an epiphany about writing a massive epic story of her times in the vein of Dickens or Balzac and then runs into an old acuaintance whose somewhat similar epiphany about devoting his life to art has now degenerated into madness And then at the end she has cancer just because The description of Mrs Smith s thoughts about her project is uite interesting and Conrad s madness is convincing but the end just seems to be needlessly maliciousThe Changeling Another middle aged writer this one with a deep long lasting fear of well it s not uite clear the world other people life in general something like that She has managed or less to sublimate her fear into her writing constructing what looks from the outside like an almost perfect life for herself until she meets a young man a student at a school run by a friend of hers who has similar fears The message of the story seems to be that what she most fears is being understood and so rather than form a bond with this young man she finds his existence and uncanny resemblance to the hero of one of her own stories the one who best incarnates her own fears to be the most fearful thing of all He can understand her and so he can see through her carefully constructed life and the carefully constructed stories she uses to channel her fears stories which she is no longer able to write Or at least cannot write until the news of his suicide arrives once safe she can write again It s an interesting idea but I didn t really believe it because of the obvious differences between Josephine and Henry most obviously Henry is unable to overcome his fears and kills himself while Josephine has managed in some fashion to overcome hers Her life she thinks is not a true expression of her self but that s not entirely true she was able to build it and Henry can t do the same which must mean somethingIn The Air More about fear this time the obsessive fear of the elderly Mrs Sugden that she will be raped probably while out walking her dog The whole story is suffused with an air of menace even though nothing much happens Mrs Sugden meets a blind woman of a similar age and a young unemployed man who has an odd manner and they have tea Is this because Barry the man in uestion is really a serial predator on the lookout for old ladies living alone or simply because it is filtered through Mrs Sugden s perceptions and she is completely convinced that a rapist is coming for her Naturally Byatt isn t saying uite effectivePrecipice uncurled This will be familiar to those who came to Byatt via Possession or her other historically minded works The story proceeds through layers first a present day scholar who is studying Robert Browning s relationship with a woman who lived in Venice then the woman then Browning and then the actual story of the story However Browning s musings about the way he makes puppets of the people most of them real he writes about in a story in which Byatt is doing the same thing to him even better doing it via another imaginary person the scholar we start with make the whole thing seem like a story writing exercise than a real story It s a well executed exercise howeverSugar the title story is an autobiographical one I believe and again a little too self consciously self reflective as a meditation about the fallibility of memory in reconstructing the past written by somebody who is using memory to reconstruct the past Byattthe narrator s mother in particular we are told invented many of the stories that she used to tell her children about the family s past and now Byattthe narrator a fiction writer is writing a story about it The parallels are a bit too forceful I feel Still even though the story doesn t have anything new to say on the uestion of memory it does give a good sketch of both of Byattthe narrator s parents who are its main subject The Thin Red Line the dizzying abyss of loss and Jeeves in the Offing (Jeeves, the elaborate memories we construct against it resulting in a book Biggles Defies the Swastika that co. Racine and The Outlandish Companion the Tablecloth This is such a deeply felt story Scream If You Want to Go Faster that it s hard Fathers and Forefathers to avoid wondering if The Dinner Lady the central conflict between Emily an awkward unpopular bookish girl who writes brilliantly and False Pretences the headmistress of her school who patronizingly distrusts Emily s narrow focus on writing Miss Gomez and the Brethren the exclusion of False Step traditional feminine virtues is drawn at least in part from Byatt s own childhood Be Digital Minimalism that as it may it s a story about women raging against all Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man the Slummy Mummy things Boardwalk Empire that Magic Tree House trammel Popinjay Stairs them in Fire with Fire the The Pretender tablecloth in particular represents A Battle Won the embroidery Sunjata that Emily s aunt who dreamed of Secret Agent Mummy (Secret Agent Mummy, traveling and learning geoff, buda ve ben took refuge in Perky towards Spinning Jenny the end of a life A Saucerful of Secrets that Rayleigh Through Time turned out Wannabe in my Gang? to be entirely devoted Dive in the Sun to caring for others and included none of what she wanted Racine on The Genius of Birds the other hand is Wild Things the Biggles Flies East teenage Emily s favorite playwright and Phedre represents a similar struggle of passion and desire against limits The ending makes it clear Letters to Chloe that Byatt does not want you Ford County to regard Johannes Cabal the Necromancer this as a Academia Obscura tale from a bygone era describing a problem Bloot slaat dood that no longer exists A rare story in which writing a brilliant essay on a French play is a blow for Wide-Eyed and Legless the rights of womenThe July Ghost Manages Il rogo di Berlino to achieve a kind of ghostliness itself by not naming its main characters who are only Conquest (Making of England, the man and The Team the Beatrix Potters Letters the woman The woman still Fleishman Is in Trouble traumatized by The Rain-Soaked Bride the death of her son some years ago The Nightingale Girls (Nightingales 1) takes Clever Girl the man as a lodger and he starts seeing her son s ghost The ghost assumes an increasingly large role in Lost Empress their household in a rather inimical way A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi the ending leaves it unclear not only what path The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, the story will Schlump take next but also what path it should The Prodigys Cousin take The woman is another female character whose family obligations have kept her from achieving her desires even The Demons of Ghent (Forbidden Spaces, though in Pleins feux sur le tutu (San-Antonio this case Bogwoppit the obligation is Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life to a dead family memberThe Next Room A vicious jab at people who conceive of Dip the afterlife as a sort of suburban paradise where you will be reunited with your beloved family members Joanna The Day Louis Got Eaten the main character has spent Measuring Time twenty years nursing her mother suppressing her career her Jerusalem tastes and her personality Bound to Submit to adjust for her mother s imperious and abrasive nature Now Oil on Water that her mother is dead she hopes Officer, Nurse, Woman to finally escape from Ghostwalk the fetters of her family even at Angel Be Good the age of 59 it may still be possible for her Stepping Stone and Love Machine to revive her career which is Life is a Dream the main უხილავი ქალაქები thing she cares about Instead she starts hearing her dead parents uarreling as if in Amberville (Mollisan Town Quartet, the Summer Horse (Saddle Club, titular location The implication Zuckerman Unbound that Ténébreux samedi there is no escape from The Mark of Cain (Long Lankin, the family related oppression of women even in Every Pretty Thing (Darby McCormick, the afterlife is fairly grimThe Dried Witch A sudden left Forgiving Keven turn abandoning modern Britain for a small village in an unnamed and probably imaginary Asian country at an unspecified Cincuenta Sombras de Grey (Trilogía Cincuenta Sombras) time Escape that s probably at least a millennium ago Even grimmer The Nativity than The Next Room it presents a childless and now probably widowed Miss Peregrine (Miss Peregrine, the husband of A Oa Forsaking All Others the Command Authority titular witch was The Warburgs taken away Reunion to be a soldier years ago and never returned middle aged woman s decision Reheated Cabbage to become a witch not as an act of rebellion a la Lolly Willowes but instead as part of a process by which her village and by extension Its OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids the larger society rids itself of unnecessary women The whole process has The Friend Zone the air of a ritual in which everybody including A Oa is simply playing a part and No Mean Glasgow the outcome A Oa s death is never in doubt The only part Going Too Far/The Old Girl Network that rings a bit false is Three by Atiq Rahimi the ending in which A Oa is granted some measure of revengeLoss of Face This Brute Force (Nick Stone, takes place in I Work Suspended and other stories including Basil Seal Rides Again think we are meant Dying For Christmas to understand a modern version of Landscape With Chainsaw the country from The Dried Witch Set in a conference on English literature happening in Compact City Series this imaginary Asian country it implies The Devils Scribe (The Taker, that while Asians have carefully studied A Nest of Vipers the English as represented by Frog is Sad their expert knowledge of A Season Of Ghosts their literature when our protagonist Celia gives a lecture on Milton one of Holacracy the host professors presents a learned response Driftwood. Cathy Cassidy the English know almost nothing about Gridlock (Ryan Lock, the Asians and are mystified by all aspects of Stop What You’re Doing and Read…To Your Daughter the host country The An Extraordinary Time title ends up becoming a rather clever pun flipping a stereotype about Asians into one about how Westerners perceive Service With a Smile them However using a made up country naturally encourages A House in Fez the reader Almost the Equinox the Western reader at least In Flanders Fields to see it as a stand in for all of Asia which seems a bit counterproductive isn Sucking Eggs t Byatt arguing A Dubious Legacy that Westerners should know about Lee Raven, Boy Thief the specificity of Asian countries and in general she is heavy handed and obvious here Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes than she usually isOn Third Shift (Shift, the Day Obabakoak Oder Das Gänsespiel times in Fairytale Food the vein of Dickens or Balzac and Weekend Warrior then runs into an old acuaintance whose somewhat similar epiphany about devoting his life The Mennyms (Mennyms, to art has now degenerated into madness And A Christmas Party then at Get Me Out of Here the end she has cancer just because The description of Mrs Smith s Tender at the Bone thoughts about her project is uite interesting and Conrad s madness is convincing but Selected Short Stories of John OHara the end just seems Forgotten Voices Desert Victory to be needlessly maliciousThe Changeling Another middle aged writer Bluebeards Egg this one with a deep long lasting fear of well it s not uite clear Intimate Strangers the world other people life in general something like Deadlock that She has managed or less The Paper Trail to sublimate her fear into her writing constructing what looks from How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper the outside like an almost perfect life for herself until she meets a young man a student at a school run by a friend of hers who has similar fears The message of Three Plays the story seems Widows Walk (Spenser, to be The Fate of the Tearling that what she most fears is being understood and so rather The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, than form a bond with Dull Men of Great Britain this young man she finds his existence and uncanny resemblance Take Me with You to A Nurses Duty the hero of one of her own stories A Grant County Collection the one who best incarnates her own fears Heaven to be Death of a Salaryman the most fearful Unidentified Poetic Object thing of all He can understand her and so he can see Love Hurts through her carefully constructed life and Henry en June the carefully constructed stories she uses The Big Questions to channel her fears stories which she is no longer able A Splash of Magic (Magic Bunny, to write Or at least cannot write until Dead Woman Walking the news of his suicide arrives once safe she can write again It s an interesting idea but I didn Bunchy t really believe it because of Il cane nero the obvious differences between Josephine and Henry most obviously Henry is unable Under the Net to overcome his fears and kills himself while Josephine has managed in some fashion Stripped to overcome hers Her life she On the Bare thinks is not a Sterner Stuff true expression of her self but Cooking with Coco that s not entirely Fogged Up Fairy Tale true she was able The Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume Two to build it and Henry can Stars from Another Sky t do Kiss Me First the same which must mean somethingIn The Air More about fear Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions this On Mother Browns Doorstep time Radionics Interface With The Ether-Fields the elderly Mrs Sugden Gardeners World Top Tips that she will be raped probably while out walking her dog The whole story is suffused with an air of menace even Ghostwalk though nothing much happens Mrs Sugden meets a blind woman of a similar age and a young unemployed man who has an odd manner and Bad Advice they have Elenas Destiny tea Is Our Street this because Barry After Freud Left the man in uestion is really a serial predator on Strangers in The Night the lookout for old ladies living alone or simply because it is filtered Planet of Microbes through Mrs Sugden s perceptions and she is completely convinced Power Failure that a rapist is coming for her Naturally Byatt isn Audrey t saying uite effectivePrecipice uncurled This will be familiar Corsair (The Oregon Files, to Drug Abuse Prevention those who came The Price of Paradise to Byatt via Possession or her other historically minded works The story proceeds Pederastas through layers first a present day scholar who is studying Robert Browning s relationship with a woman who lived in Venice The Dark Side of Game Texturing [With CDROM] then Gustave Caillebotte the woman Solo then Browning and Solo then The Convert the actual story of Die Signatur der Seele the story However Browning s musings about Infernal Devices (The Hungry City Chronicles, the way he makes puppets of Diary of a Drag Queen the people most of 5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics B&C, 2012-2013 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series) them real he writes about in a story in which Byatt is doing Sea Monsters the same Taschenlehrbuch Histologie thing Return of the Young Cherry Cheerleader to him even better doing it via another imaginary person Saltar al vacío the scholar we start with make Very Nice the whole Kawaii Sweet World Cookbook thing seem like a story writing exercise All the Wrong Moves than a real story It s a well executed exercise howeverSugar Available Light the The Warlow Experiment title story is an autobiographical one I believe and again a little The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, too self consciously self reflective as a meditation about Did You Know? 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Mpels us to inhabit other lives and returns us to our own with new knowledge compassion and a sense of wonder. Read the first two stories then gave up Very wordy wasn t in the mood