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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (May 25 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140102396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140102390
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 245 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,420,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Lively's complete short stories (they're all here) showcase how well she writes.
Lively is especially adept at illustrating how a person comes to change (change one's mind, change one's attitude, fall out of love, grow up, et cetera). Lucky for the reader, many if not all of these stories work with the theme of how a person does change. Again and again, we see that she is remarkably good at constructing the feelings and thoughts of adolescents, and this reviewer suspects it is partly because Lively has indelible memories of her own amazing childhood; read also her Oleander, Jacaranda autobiographical work, hinted at in the marvelous short story about an English girl returning from a childhood in colonial India.
Lively is purely talented as a wordsmith, with amazing economy and clever, rather elegantly composed dialogue. The book is excellent from start to finish.
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In this collection of short stories, Penelope Lively conjurs up worlds and characters and prose that touch the heart and often bring laughter and tears. The deftness of the writing is astonishing. This book is a perfect bedside companion for all seasons.
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This is one of the best collections of short stories I have ever read! Penelope Lively is right on target in terms of believable settings and trenchant characterization with one story in particular, "Nothing But the Samovar", being one of the most memorable.
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Sensitive Writer with Consistent Style Aug. 17 2002
By Renee Thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lively's complete short stories (they're all here) showcase how well she writes.
Lively is especially adept at illustrating how a person comes to change (change one's mind, change one's attitude, fall out of love, grow up, et cetera). Lucky for the reader, many if not all of these stories work with the theme of how a person does change. Again and again, we see that she is remarkably good at constructing the feelings and thoughts of adolescents, and this reviewer suspects it is partly because Lively has indelible memories of her own amazing childhood; read also her Oleander, Jacaranda autobiographical work, hinted at in the marvelous short story about an English girl returning from a childhood in colonial India.
Lively is purely talented as a wordsmith, with amazing economy and clever, rather elegantly composed dialogue. The book is excellent from start to finish.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Absolute & Delightful Perfection! Jan. 24 2000
By Tom O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this collection of short stories, Penelope Lively conjurs up worlds and characters and prose that touch the heart and often bring laughter and tears. The deftness of the writing is astonishing. This book is a perfect bedside companion for all seasons.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not all great, but a few gems May 16 2013
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
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A book of short stories, not all of them memorable, but two of them stuck in my mind. One was "A Long Night at Abu Simbel," in which a group of sniffy, older English travelers are stranded at the airport in Abu Simbel, Egypt, when their youthful tour guide gets so fed up with them that she abandons the group while they're still visiting the temples, and escapes in the company of another tour group. (How she's able to do this is never made clear.) The rest of the story consists of the efforts of the abandoned group to survive the night in this rudimentary airport: their in-group conflicts, confrontations with indifferent Egyptian airport personnel, nearly non-existent sanitary facilities, etc.

The best story is "The French Exchange," which deals with an appallingly dumb, awkward, self-absorbed and ignorant teenage English girl named Anna who is given the task of keeping a male French exchange student company on a picnic that involves several English families. At first the girl feels superior to the French student, who has pimples and, in the girl's opinion, a hopelessly bad haircut and even worse shoes. But in the course of a trying afternoon, the girl slowly realizes that the French boy is not at all ill at ease; he's smart, thoughtful and poised, and he finds the English amusing and rather ridiculous. To her horror, she becomes aware that it's HE who feels superior to HER.

Lively is an excellent writer who is particularly good at conveying subtle nuances of feeling and interrelations among individuals.

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