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Writer: Mike Mignola, Mike Mignola, Josh Dysart
Be the first to ask a question about The Complete Short Stories. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. So many delightfully wicked poisonous little bonbons in here. OF course the stories are uneven - any "complete" collection runs that risk. But all three readers are extraordinarily talented, and the sharp tart perspicuity of Spark's delicious voice comes through.
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Probably wasn't the most conventional way to introduce myself to Spark's work as I literally had no idea what to expect. But highly recommended if you already like her.
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As for me, I'm moving on to the novels. Sep 26, Thom Dunn rated it it was amazing Shelves: british , fiction , a-own-hardcover , fiction-short , british-modern. How's this for an endorsement : "Our best living fiction writer--Muriel Spark's diamond-sharp prose illuminates stories which are always original and funny, and frequently profound"-- John Mortimer. Mar 27, Matthew Talamini rated it really liked it.
I think Muriel Spark is one of those writers who needs an entire novel to tell a story. That's based on most of the really good stories being the longer ones. The shorter stories are more like long jokes, or very artful anecdotes. Still good, though, and there are a few that really shine. The best story is Come Along, Marjorie, although I doubt very many people will agree with me. There's a story that seems to have been constructed for the sole purpose of leaving a character, at the end, certain t I think Muriel Spark is one of those writers who needs an entire novel to tell a story.
There's a story that seems to have been constructed for the sole purpose of leaving a character, at the end, certain that there was a deep and fatal mystery in one of his most important relationships, and giving him good reason for that certainty; but the narrator knows there was no mystery at all, that it was literally just a case of mistaken identity.
To Faulkner, and to a devoted readership in the s, Wolfe was the finest American writer of his time. To later generations of writers and critics he was, often as not, a verbose, formless writer concerned solely with the limited trajectory of his own life.
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In these stories, one finds ample supporting evidence for both sides of the controversy. Wolfe the redundant, philosophizing egocentric is here in full, vexing force. Wolfe the redundant, philosophizing egocentric is here in full, vexing force. Yet so is the frequent wholeness of vision, the fusion of lyricism with prodigious observation that made him the envy of a William Faulkner.
These are not short stories in the current minimalist fashion, nor, for that matter, in any contemporary sense. Almost all of them were not written as short stories; rather, they were published under that guise in books or magazines, excerpted from manuscripts Wolfe intended as novels.