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A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman

The Collected Stories

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

4.5
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 256 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0141196041 | Isbn-13: 9780141196046 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
Novelist, critic and biographer, Margaret Drabble is one of the major literary figures of her generation. This collection shows her to be a leading practitioner of the art of the short story, presenting her complete short fiction for the first time in a single volume, spanning four decades, from 1964 to 2000. Several of the stories, like 'The Dower House at Kellynch', are set in Somerset and Dorset and reflect their author's intimate knowledge of the land and flora there, but their settings also range as far as Elba and Cappadocia. Taken as a whole, the stories reflect the social changes of the past forty years, by showing the English at home and abroad. In 'The Gifts of War', peace-protesting students clash with a mother buying a toy for her son, with tragic consequences. An Englishman on honeymoon has a brief but significant epiphany, finding a shared humanity with a Moroccan crowd in 'Hassan's Tower'. Their protagonists are men and women, husbands and lovers, television presenters and housewives, all subtly and precisely captured as products of their time and place.
In his introduction, Spanish scholar Jose Francisco Fernandez celebrates the 'pure and simple pleasure to be found in reading these survivalist, questioning, belligerently intense short stories'.
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    Great book for the commute

    I really enjoyed reading Drabble's "The Millstone" so I when I saw that a collection of her short stories was being published I was keen to read it. The stories are perfect for reading too and from work, with a 30 minute commute I could usually finish one in the morning and one in the evening. I ...continue

    I really enjoyed reading Drabble's "The Millstone" so I when I saw that a collection of her short stories was being published I was keen to read it. The stories are perfect for reading too and from work, with a 30 minute commute I could usually finish one in the morning and one in the evening. I loved how they are ordered according to the date they were written, Drabble's consistency throughout her writing career is remarkable. When I got to a story which mentioned "Waterstones" I knew I was reading a more recent one but other than that the stories are timeless.

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