The Complete Fiction

In his than eighty years, Francis Wyndham has published very little one novella and two collections of stories but his is one of the most individual and compelling bodies of work by a contemporary English writer As Alan Hollinghurst has said, Wyndham s fiction stands in the tradition of social comedy that goes back through Henry James to Jane Austen, with this differIn his than eighty years, Francis Wyndham has published very little one novella and two collections of stories but his is one of the most individual and compelling bodies of work by a contemporary English writer As Alan Hollinghurst has said, Wyndham s fiction stands in the tradition of social comedy that goes back through Henry James to Jane Austen, with this difference Wyndham writes about the lives of privileged and even titled people, but he is drawn to outcasts and odd ducks, adolescents, lonely women, addicts, eccentrics, and idlers.The earliest stories here, gathered under the title Out of the War, are brilliant vignettes of deprivation and desire written during World War II The later Mrs Henderson and Other Stories, by contrast, offers scrupulously observed tragicomic pictures of the vagaries of upper class English family life Finally, in the Whitbread Prize winning short novel The Other Garden, a shy teenage boy living in the country strikes up an unlikely friendship with Kay, the thirty something daughter of neighbors, sister to a famous actor, and black sheep of her family Kay, with her whims and crazes and boyfriends, is unable to hold her own against her family s disapproval, and the narrator watches with helpless fascination as her small but very real tragedy is played out against the background of the Second World War.
The Complete Fiction In his than eighty years Francis Wyndham has published very little one novella and two collections of stories but his is one of the most individual and compelling bodies of work by a contemporary Eng

  • Title: The Complete Fiction
  • Author: Francis Wyndham Alan Hollinghurst
  • ISBN: 9781590173121
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Complete Fiction”

    1. Stories about more or less ordinary people living around the peripheries of the two world wars. Subtle stories, well-observed and not without their own quirks. The later collection of short stories, MRS HENDERSON AND OTHER STORIES and the novella THE OTHER GARDEN are solid gold; the earlier short stories, OUT OF THE WAR are not all equally good, but very much of a piece with the later works in overall tone and emphasis. The later short story collection shows a far wider range, encompassing picar [...]

    2. I usually don't enjoy short stories that much, since just as I'm settling in and getting to know the characters, the story ends. I never felt that way about the stories in this collection, for two reasons: first, my interest was immediately piqued by the first page of each story, and second, the characters often reappear in other stories, so the feeling of "I wonder what happened after that" is diminished. Wyndham's portrayal of complicated, quirky, and often lonely women is quite sympathetic.

    3. This is a beautiful collection of stories. Some are absolute knockouts. 'The Other Garden' is heartbreakingly beautiful. I really liked 'The Half Brother' as well. A number of the stories are interconnected, through people, events and villages. I still felt like I could have read more about the characters. I wanted to know how it all played out.

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