Tag Archives: Everyman’s Library

Cat Stories: Cats Will Be Cats by P. G. Wodehouse

Saki’s Tobermory is followed by another hilarious tale in Cat Stories. In Cats Will Be Cats, Webster is the name of Theodore’s cat. Before leaving for Africa to take up his new responsibilities as the Bishop at See of Bongo-Bongo, Theodore places his beloved cat under the care of Lancelot, his nephew who is an […]

Cat Stories: Tobermory by Saki

I haven’t read stories by Saki before, so Tobermory is my first. In Tobermory, Lady Blemley has invited Mr. Cornelius Appin for a house-party. Lady Blemley doesn’t personally know Appin – someone had told her he is a clever man, so that’s is how he ended up getting invited. But at the party, his cleverness […]

Cat Stories: An Old Woman and Her Cat by Doris Lessing

It was impossible for me to read An Old Woman and Her Cat without tearing up. I love Doris Lessing’s writing, but this is hands down one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read. The story’s old woman is Hetty. Hetty’s husband had died when he was middle-aged, and their four children – grownups by […]

Cat Stories: Lillian by Damon Runyon

Lillian is a brilliant story taken from Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls and Other Writings. According to Wikipedia, Damon Runyon is an American journalist “best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era.” I’ve not heard of Damon Runyon before, but he […]

Cat Stories: I See You, Bianca by Maeve Brennan

Next up in Cat Stories is I See You, Bianca taken from Maeve Brennan’s collection, The Rose Garden. Bianca is Nicholas cat. Although Bianca is not as playful as Pink in Alice Adams’ The Islands, she is quite lovable in her own way. For starters, Bianca takes her grooming very seriously – not even a […]

Cat Stories: The Islands by Alice Adams

A new short story collection to start the new month! 🙂 After rummaging through my Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics Series pile, I picked Cat Stories curated by Diana Secker Tesdell (who also put together Love Stories), as I adore cats. I owned cats growing up, although unfortunately, our current apartment policy doesn’t allow pets. So […]

Love Stories: May by Ali Smith

The final story in Love Stories is taken from Ali Smith’s collection; The Whole Story and Other Stories. May is one of the weird stories in Love Stories – it’s about a woman who falls in love with a tree belonging to one of the neighbors. So plot-wise it’s very unique, but at the same […]

Love Stories: Terrific Mother by Lorrie Moore

In Terrific Mother Adrienne, an unmarried woman of thirty-five, is our protagonist. Adrienne is at an age where she feels awkward around infants because she doesn’t have one of her own. Holding a baby was no longer natural – she was no longer natural – but a test of womanliness and earthly skills. She was […]

Love Stories: A Temporary Matter by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favourite authors all time. Possibly owing to her South Asian background I’ve always felt her stories are relatable and I’ve read all her books except for In Other Words, a collection of literary essays she published in 2017. Lahiri’s Pulitzer winning short story anthology Interpreter of Maladies is the […]

Love Stories: The Room by William Trevor

Even though I have not read any of William Trevor’s books, I’ve heard wonderful things about his writing over the years. So, naturally, I felt a bit nervous when I started reading The Room taken from his anthology Cheating at Canasta. I didn’t want to be disappointed. But as soon as I started reading The […]

Love Stories: ‘That In Aleppo Once…’ by Vladimir Nabokov

‘That In Aleppo Once…’ was another tough read for me. Written in the form of a letter composed by the unnamed narrator to one of his friends, ‘That In Aleppo Once…’ tells the story of the narrator’s bizarre marriage! The narrator had got married to his young wife just before the Germans invaded France during […]

Love Stories: Bluebeard’s Egg by Margaret Atwood

Bluebeard’s Egg is taken from Margaret Atwood’s collection of the same name, an anthology I haven’t read before. 🙂 In Bluebeard’s Egg Sally is the third wife of Ed, a successful cardiologist. Sally thinks Ed despite being a “heart man” is not conversant with the matters of the heart; hearts “symbolized by red satin surrounded […]

Love Stories: Lady’s Dream by Tobias Wolff

Next up in Love Stories is a story by an author I haven’t read before. In Lady’s Dream, Lady is a long suffocated wife. Her husband Robert is not the worst husband to have ever lived, but he is definitely no prize! For starters, Robert is so fixed in his ways. When they travel he […]

Love Stories: The Stranger by Katherine Mansfield

Last year I read a short story by Katherine Mansfield (The Black Cap) which made a great impression on me. During her short life, Mansfield wrote a number of short stories and her Collected Stories – a tome of 800+ pages has been on the top of my wish-list ever since I read The Black […]

Love Stories: Immortality by Yasunari Kawabata

Immortality is taken from Yasunari Kawabata’s anthology; Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. Kawabata was the first Japanese author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. He wrote over 140 shorts stories over his career and thought his shorts works expressed the essence of his art better than his longer works. Apparently, most stories in Palm-of-the-Hand Stories […]