New Zealand Stories

New Zealand Stories Katherine Mansfield is New Zealand s most celebrated writer and one of the key figures in the history of the short story in English Yet in this book the stories set in her own country have been colle

  • Title: New Zealand Stories
  • Author: Katherine Mansfield
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • Katherine Mansfield is New Zealand s most celebrated writer, and one of the key figures in the history of the short story in English Yet in this book the stories set in her own country have been collected and published in the order in which she wrote them for the first time The Mansfield who emerges from this fresh perspective is both familiar and unexpected This collecKatherine Mansfield is New Zealand s most celebrated writer, and one of the key figures in the history of the short story in English Yet in this book the stories set in her own country have been collected and published in the order in which she wrote them for the first time The Mansfield who emerges from this fresh perspective is both familiar and unexpected This collection confirms the detailed reality of her New Zealand, both its backblocks and its marginality, as well as the subtle family exchanges of the famous Wellington narratives Reading these stories in sequence and as a group brings into focus the sharp political dimension of Mansfield s fiction as well as the emphases that fall so differently from those in her English and European stories In this volume Mansfield is seen with new clarity as a colonial writer at the same time as she extends the boundaries of what modern short fiction could achieve.

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    1. Piogge sottili, tamburellanti, scrosciantiQuesta selezione di racconti è disposta in ordine cronologico e corredata da un’introduzione che fa notare l’evoluzione dell’autrice, dal soggetto coloniale a quello ben più intimo. I racconti cosiddetti coloniali della Mansfield sono comunque scritti benissimo e non si esauriscono certo nella letteratura di genere. L’introspezione psicologica dei suoi personaggi è sempre molto sottile. La sua cifra è in genere un’estrema freschezza di scri [...]

    2. Devo questa lettura a due persone: la prima è il protagonista del romanzo Nove settimane e mezzo, che ho letto da poco, in cui il protagonista maschile, erotomane dedito a discutibili pratiche di sottomissione della partner, nasconde anche un’anima sensibile e mansueta e legge a voce alta alla propria donna i Racconti di Katherine Mansfield, la seconda è Aprile, ottima vicina di Annobi, che a suo tempo e in un bellissimo fb, mi illuminò sul talento di questa scrittrice con note informative [...]

    3. "Non c'è crepuscolo nelle nostre giornate neozelanesi, ma una curiosa mezz'ora in cui tutto appare grottesco, spaventevole, come se lo spirito selvaggio di questa terra si aggirasse deridendo ciò che vede."Per quanto relegata ai confini del mondo e della letteratura, con la sua produzione essenzialmente novellistica e centrata, per lo più, sulla natia Nuova Zelanda, quello di Katherine Mansfield è un nome che si vede accostato a quelli di T.S. Elliott, Joyce, Woolf e Lawrence. Una sorpresa, [...]

    4. Le descrizioni della natura sono rese nei minimi dettagli, mentre le storie narrate fanno parte del quotidiano dando una visione della società neozelandese di fine ottocento.Bei racconti, ma da prendere a piccole dosi, altrimenti si rischia l'effetto dèjà vu.

    5. Mansfield's writing style is a bit antiquated, which is to be expected as this book is from a different time period. Nonetheless, her characters and plot lines are vivid and powerful. You will experience a different perspective on living in New Zealand than with, say, Witi Ihimaera's works. Her stories are told from the perspective of the European-descended residents and expatriates of New Zealand, and how the adjust to living in a different place than their former European homes. It's interesti [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this collection. It gave me a queer sort of sideways homesickness - there's much that Australia and New Zealand have in common, both culturally and landscapewise, but there's also much that is *different*. Sometimes those differences startled me - I had trouble, for instance, in 'The Woman at the Store', not picturing a dusty brown Australian environment instead of a green New Zealand bushland. At others, the sense of place, the sharp accuracy of *Wellington* in some of the stor [...]

    7. Katherine Mansfield is New Zealand's celebrated short story writer. Poor New Zealand if this is the best they have to offer! I found these pretty little writings were about children and puppies, servants laying the table and frustrated housewives. It was very dated and the only revelation about New Zealand was a few dated and quaint terms they used.

    8. Read a few of the stories. Wasn't captivated enough to continue. Thankfully, it hasn't captured the character of New Zealand for me. Then again, I live in a different era now. Can't really recommend.

    9. For class. Interesting short stories; good perspectives on racism and classism from 1920s New Zealand colonist.

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