A lovely LOVELY collection! Though it has been well over a month since I read this, I can still recall the wit and deep meaning wrapped up into interesting little stories. I can see why Virginia Woolf would admire her writing; they were in the same ‘set’ of modernist writers so says Wikipedia. I must finally get to my bio of Woolf so I can find out more. I really didn’t know anything about Katherine Mansfield before researching books for the Classics Challenge and seeing this on the list of Books To Read Before I Die.
The Garden Party was my favorite of the stories – masterful! A wealthy family plans a picnic when a poor neighbor suffers a tragedy. The debate begins of whether or not it is proper to continue with the party. Well, of course it is. Right? No answers, just interesting thoughts and contrasts on sensitivity of youth and propriety. Complex and insightful; very easy to read.
Recommended. FREE eBooks available.
Read for the Classics Challenge – Woman Author Category.
“Laurie put his arm round her shoulder. “Don’t cry,” he said in his warm, loving voice. “Was it awful?”
“No,” sobbed Laura. “It was simply marvellous. But Laurie—” She stopped, she looked at her brother. “Isn’t life,” she stammered, “isn’t life— ” But what life was she couldn’t explain. No matter. He quite understood.
“Isn’t it, darling?” said Laurie.