Ç Sugar and Other Stories ☆ Download by Ç A.S. Byatt My favorite story in this collection is The July Ghost, a poignant ghost story It s not a genre that one associates with A.
S Byatt, but she s superb at rendering atmosphere, so it should really come as no surprise that she succeeds so well Someone I forget who once said that all ghost stories are about loss Case in point.
This collection of short stories contains the underlying themes of fear, futility, and the uncertainty of life As always, Byatt s prose is beautiful to read, but this collection leaves one with a sense of unease.
AS Byatt S Short Fictions, Collected In Paperback For The First Time, Explore The Fragile Ties Between Generations, The Dizzying Abyss Of Loss And The Elaborate Memories We Construct Against It, Resulting In A Book That Compels Us To Inhabit Other Lives And Returns Us To Our Own With New Knowledge, Compassion, And A Sense Of Wonder Racine and the Tablecloth This is such a deeply felt story that it s hard to avoid wondering if the central conflict, between Emily, an awkward, unpopular, bookish girl who writes brilliantly, and the headmistress of her school, who patronizingly distrusts Emily s narrow focus on writing to the exclusion of traditional feminine virtues, is drawn at least in part from Byatt s own childhood Be that as it may, it s a story about women raging against all the things that trammel them in the tablecloth, in particular, represents the embroidery that Emily s aunt, who dreamed of traveling and learning, took refuge in towards the end of a life that turned out to be entirely devoted to caring for others, and included none of what she wanted Racine, on the other hand, is the teenage Emily s favorite playwright, and Phedre represents a similar s This is one of those books that makes me wish it were possible to use half stars in rating it It s a very uneven collection certainly not a four star book but the best stories in it are good enough that three stars seems a bit paltry Byatt s command of language is, as always, excellent, and I can only admire the way she seems to ignore all rules about story making and to write only to please herself and work out her own ideas about fiction The narrators of these stories are almost all intensely self conscious sometimes this self consciousness works, but in other stories it s tedious.
Complex and beautifully worded, this was a very uneven read for me I enjoyed the first, Racine and the Tablecloth, and last, Sugar, most, with On the Day that E.
M Forster Died coming in third I loathed The Dried Witch I prefer her long narratives much , and look forward to getting to those I ve missed.
Every time I read Byatt, I find myself choosing my words carefully for the hour or two after I put the book down Her word choice is always so precise, and her tone so controlled yet revealing I especially loved the title story, and the line None of these words, none of these things recall him The gold winged, fire haired figure in the doorway is and was myth, though he did come back, he was there, at that time, and I did make that leap Perhaps my favorite description of the futility and necessity of words.
Che scriva complessi ed esaltanti romanzi vittoriani, che scriva delicati racconti, la Byatt una scrittrice che rasenta la perfezione.
Nell uso del linguaggio, dove ogni parola non solo al suo posto, ma assolutamente necessaria nella delicata complessit delle trame, perfettamente equilibrate, vere, commoventi nella descrizione dei personaggi che sono a tutto tondo anche nei racconti pi brevi.
Una splendida lettura.
I felt very conflicted about this book The majority of stories in it were extremely unpleasant, and several The Dried Witch, In the Air so painful I couldn t read them in full Byatt is not at all in her best in the realistic short story medium her plots stop short in that maddening manner so common to modern short story authors, so it s as if the last third of the story itself remains unwritten, and only a few times at the end of On the Day that E.
M Forster Died, in parts of Racine and the Tablecloth does she achieve that true compression of theme and time which is necessary in the form of good short stories She also seems very preoccupied with death and the impossibility of an afterlife, to a distressing extent for the reader, if not for her The stories themselves lack the fine observation of characters over years which give depth to novels like Still Life and the rich I must admit to being completely in awe of AS Byatt I am always struck by her qualities of great, luminous intelligence, her keen eye, her amazing sense for detail, especially emotional detail I wonder what it s like to be her and just be seeing so much and understanding so much I get the sense of this incredibly rich inner life, so complex and layered and full of possibility Reading her makes the world seem bigger and denser and brighter and important This wonderful book of short stories demonstrates a wide range of styles and moods, from witty ghost stories to precise, intimate memoir, from savage fable to the terrors of daily life Byatt invests the smallest details with so much meaning that it points at living, and experiencing, in a deeper and completely human m