Tag Archives: Short Story Collection

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 […]

Love Stories: Swept Away by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Next up in Love Stories is Blood, Sea by Italo Calvino. It is narrated by a blood cell (or maybe a blood drop!), so reading it requires attention which is not what I’m up for right now as I’m feeling under the weather. So I shelved it for later and read Swept Away by T. […]

Love Stories: Clair de Lune by Guy de Maupassant

Ever since I bought London Stories last year, I’ve been adding books from Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics Series to my collection. I wouldn’t say I loved London Stories, but books in that series have such gorgeous spines, so it is hard to resist buying them! 😀 Anyway, it’s not all bad. Thanks to my buying habits now […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: L’inconnu (The Unknown Soldier)

The Unknown Soldier is another favorite of mine in Dimanche and Other Stories. Set during WWII following the German invasion of Belgium, the story takes place at a railway station in France, where two French soldiers, Claude and Francois who had come home for their sister’s wedding are waiting to return to the front. While […]

Capital Crimes: London Mysteries [Edited by Martin Edwards]

After reading The Long Arm of the Law last month, I wanted to try another anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series. So this time around I picked Capital Crimes; a collection of London based crime stories put together by Martin Edwards, which as usual begins with Edward’s brilliant and informative introduction! Capital Crimes […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: La confidente (The Devoted Friend)

In The Devoted Friend, we have Roger Dange, a recent widow, and an esteemed singer visiting his late wife’s friend. We learn while Roger Dange was away performing in Mexico, his wife Florence met with an accident and succumbed to the injuries. Florence at the time had been staying with her childhood friend, Camille Cousin. At […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irene Nemirovsky: Monsieur Rose

Just like Hugo Grayer in The Onlooker, Monsieur Rose is an aloof, self-involved man. Sensing the impending war, Monsieur Rose had saved his wealth in time without suffering losses. However, unfortunately he had stayed in Paris until it’s too late to escape the city safely. So Monsieur Rose is about Rose’s exodus along with other […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Le Spectateur (The Onlooker)

The Onlooker is the story of a prosperous gentleman fleeing Paris in advance of the German soldiers during WWII. The gentleman in question is Hugo Grayer. Hugo was born in the United States to a Scandinavian father and an Italian mother. But Hugo had become a citizen of Uruguay where he possessed a considerable fortune. […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Le sortilège (The Spell)

Now this is a story I did not understand! In The Spell, we are presented with a first-person narrative, and according to Persephone’s suggestion, the story is based on a Ukranian family Némirovsky used to visit when she was eight. The family Némirovsky visited with her aunt and nursemaid was a very hospitable one. Day […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: La femme de don Juan (Wife to Don Juan)

Another winner from the collection Dimanche and Other Stories! I usually enjoy epistolary works and Wife to Don Juan which takes the form of one lengthy letter written by Clémence on her deathbed is to be sent to “Mademoiselle” Monique. Clémence was once a chambermaid to Monique’s parents, but it has been years since Clémence left […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Fraternité (Brotherhood)

In Fraternité, the main protagonist, Christian Rabinovitch is an old Jewish man. Although wealthy, he is a reserved man, and his wife’s death ten years ago has affected him profoundly. His marriage had brought him a “feeling of stability and peace in and around him,” and now without his wife as his anchor, he feels […]

The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories [Edited by Martin Edwards]

Before I started my vintage crime book per month project this year, the only Vintage Crime Classics I had read were Sherlock Holmes books. I remember thinking back when I was reading them how utterly helpless Inspector Lestrade would have been without the help of Holmes he received from time to time in solving crimes. […]