Tag Archives: Love Stories

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 […]

Love Stories: The Woman Who Came at Six O’clock by Gabriel GarcĂ­a Márquez

The Woman Who Came at Six O’clock is a story I’ve read before. Gabriel GarcĂ­a Márquez is one of my favorite authors all time, and I’ve read almost all his books except for his nonfiction. The Woman Who Came at Six O’clock is from his Collected Stories, but it has been a while since I […]

Love Stories: Mr. Botibol by Roald Dahl

I think I first came across Roald Dahl’s stories when I was around thirteen-years-old. Soon after reading Danny the Champion of the World; my first Roald Dahl book, I got my parents to buy me all of his books! I was a little too old for his books by then, yet his stories captivated me […]

Love Stories: The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D. H. Lawrence

The Horse Dealer’s Daughter didn’t make sense to me, but then again maybe it’s fitting because love is irrational. The Horse Dealer’s Daughter’s name is Mabel, a twenty-seven-year-old unmarried woman. Her father has passed away recently and at the time of his death, his business had been in trouble forcing Mabel and her three brothers […]

Love Stories: Armande by Colette

Next up in Love Stories is Armande by Nobel laureate Colette. It is a story that made me feel queasy, so I’m not going to waste a lot of words on it! Armande is an orphaned heiress in love with Maxime, a young doctor. Maxime too has been in love with Armande ever since they […]

Love Stories: Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The only novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I’ve read is The Great Gatsby which I loved. While I was reading Winter Dreams, it reminded me a lot of The Great Gatsby, and indeed Winter Dreams had been like a first draft idea of Gatsby. According to Matthew J. Bruccoli, an expert on Fitzgerald, Winter Dreams […]

Love Stories: Dead Mabelle by Elizabeth Bowen

The next story in Love Stories is Dead Mabelle by Elizabeth Bowen. Written in 1929, Dead Mabelle is my second story by Bowen, and given that Bowen didn’t make much of an impression on me last time, I was thankful for this second chance! William, Dead Mabelle‘s protagonist is a young bank clerk and a […]