Friday, November 9, 2018

Classic Short Stories - Book Review

The collection was too good to let go so I bought it from Anjali;'s book stall at the Diwali mela. The writers - Saki, O'Henry, James Joyce, Chekov, Maupassant, Kipling, Stevenson, Tolstoy, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Katherine Mansfield, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dickens, Hardy and Wilde.

'The Open Window' by Saki stayed in mind. 'The Last Leaf' by O'Henry is always in my mind. 'The Lottery Ticket' by Chekov is unforgettable. 'The Useless Beauty' by Maupassant is diabolical - one of the seven children is not yours! 'The Distinguished Stranger' by Stevenson is superbly satirical - the stranger prefers vegetables to humans. 'The Lighthouse Keeper' by Sienkiewicz stays with you for its visual and its haunting quality. Doyle's 'Red Headed League' is a fine read. 'The Three Strangers' by Thomas Hardy stays because of the danger and the drama. 'The Selfish Giant' by Wilde is a nice little children's tale.

Loved reading the short stories. Some of them, for the nth time. Superb collection by Reader's Digest. How can I ever thank RD for opening my mind to so much.

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