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This collection includes five stories by influential women writers from the close of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.


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This collection includes five stories by influential women writers from the close of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.

30 review for Classic Womens Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    da AL

    Katherine Mansfield, a New Zealander, is credited as the mother of modern short story structure with good reason. The best story in this collection is her, "The Garden Party," succinctly paints a rich and profound tale of a young girl's eyes opening during a time when the European class system was also learning to see.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I really enjoyed this small anthology. I had never read any works by these authors so I really didn't know what to expect. I think The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield was my favourite but the others were good also. The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield 5/5 an absolutely perfect story. All in 1 afternoon. Daughters of the Late Colonel by Katherine Mansfield 3.5/5 2 genteel spinster sisters trying to deal with life after years of their domineering father. Lilacs by Kate Chopin 5/5 Ma'ame Pela I really enjoyed this small anthology. I had never read any works by these authors so I really didn't know what to expect. I think The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield was my favourite but the others were good also. The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield 5/5 an absolutely perfect story. All in 1 afternoon. Daughters of the Late Colonel by Katherine Mansfield 3.5/5 2 genteel spinster sisters trying to deal with life after years of their domineering father. Lilacs by Kate Chopin 5/5 Ma'ame Pelagie by Kate Chopin. 3/5 Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf. 3.5/5 I would say if I reread this one it's star rating would go up, Woolf needs more than one read. I listened it to twice and my rating went from 3 stars to 3.5 as I understood a little more where she was going with the story. I thought the story was about perception but then again, I could have read it wrong :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    The best story out of this collection is Virginia Woolf's "The Mark on the Wall." Amazing use of stream-of-consciousness. The Katherine Mansfield's stories were also good, but for some reason, I had trouble with Chopin's stories. I love The Awakening, but these two short stories of hers seemed inaccessible to me at this moment in my life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: Classic Women’s Short Stories Author: Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf Read by: Carole Boyd, Lisa Ross, Teresa Gallagher Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Length: 2 hours, 41 minutes Source: MP3 Audio through Wisconsin Public Library Consortium – Overdrive on my Droid This digital audiobook contained four short stories that were nicely bracketed by classical music. Honestly my favorite of the four stories was “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield. A well-to do family in the early Title: Classic Women’s Short Stories Author: Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf Read by: Carole Boyd, Lisa Ross, Teresa Gallagher Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Length: 2 hours, 41 minutes Source: MP3 Audio through Wisconsin Public Library Consortium – Overdrive on my Droid This digital audiobook contained four short stories that were nicely bracketed by classical music. Honestly my favorite of the four stories was “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield. A well-to do family in the early twentieth century is preparing for a garden party when they hear that a workman was killed in front of their house the very morning of the party. Daughter Laura suddenly becomes socially aware of the world outside of her family and its garden party and wants to cancel the event out of respect. “The Mark on the Wall” by Virginia Woolf is one woman’s stream of consciousness thought on a mark her wall and the meaning behind it. It was different, but I didn’t find it that compelling. “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” by Katherine Mansfield is the story of two middle-aged women without the ruling influence of their domineering father and at a loss on how to proceed. It was interesting. Kate Chopin's "Ma'ame Pelagie” is about two daughters in the south not being able to let go of their dreams of their family grander coming back after the Civil War as the years melt by and they become old women. I was not inspired by the tale. I wanted to smack the women and tell them to buck up and move on with their lives. The narrators were all good and I especially loved the classical music between the stories. Overall these Classic Women’s Short Stories were all interesting, but I especially enjoyed The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield. This review was originally posted on my blog at: http://www.lauragerold.blogspot.com/2...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather S. Jones

    i love katherine mansfield's writing and her whole connection (friendship) to d.h. lawrence, which is how i discovered her. (i'm a d.h. disciple -- though i have not yet read _lady chatterly's lover_!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mboconnor31

    Five short stories. Ahhh. Short stories written by women. Double ahhh. Like bookends, the opening piece “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield, a New Zealand writer born in 1988, is well done and reflective of the time period with the “gentility” of British colonialism; While, the closing piece by the British author Virginia Wolfe, born in 1882 in South London, “The Mark on the Wall,” is the book’s raison d’etre. It sublimely enchants as it cleverly unfolds from routine banality to a cry for Five short stories. Ahhh. Short stories written by women. Double ahhh. Like bookends, the opening piece “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield, a New Zealand writer born in 1988, is well done and reflective of the time period with the “gentility” of British colonialism; While, the closing piece by the British author Virginia Wolfe, born in 1882 in South London, “The Mark on the Wall,” is the book’s raison d’etre. It sublimely enchants as it cleverly unfolds from routine banality to a cry for the day male supremacy will be like dust to be cleaned away, one emergent hypothesis as to the mystery of the mark on the wall. “Could it be dust? ... Certainly, the dust on my mantel reveals my housekeeping skills.” Suddenly and quietly we are brought from the poignancy of women being tamped down to a calmness, as the protagonist purposely refocuses onto something totally anomalous, such as the mark on the wall, making the moments that much more bearable. The stories are subtle and cannot be further expounded upon for fear of being the total spoiler. —- Surprises are to be saved as your treat. In the middle of the bookends are two short stories by Kate Chopin, born in 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri, known for her depictions of American Catholicism in the south, particularly in Louisiana. All of the short stories reflect the perfume of feminism as you can feel society transforming before you from the Victorian era to the beyond. Class consciousness also is a variant in the verses. I highly recommend the audio version. The readers of the stories capture the writers nuances in their often lilting syncopation which perfectly lulls one into their webs beautifully.

  7. 4 out of 5

    A.M.

    1. The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield The clearly wealthy family is bustling about organising a garden party for their mother but the youngest daughter Laura hears of the death of a cart man whose family lives nearby. The family note that the slum houses ruin their view. One suggests he was probably drunk but she is genuinely concerned about holding a party the mourning family can probably hear. Her family talk her fears down, then after the party her mother suggests she take the leftover foo 1. The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield The clearly wealthy family is bustling about organising a garden party for their mother but the youngest daughter Laura hears of the death of a cart man whose family lives nearby. The family note that the slum houses ruin their view. One suggests he was probably drunk but she is genuinely concerned about holding a party the mourning family can probably hear. Her family talk her fears down, then after the party her mother suggests she take the leftover food to them. She sees the dead man and says ‘forgive me for my hat’. She’s still wearing the large decorated hat her mother insisted she wear. 2. Daughters of the late colonel by Katherine Mansfield The spinster daughters find the world a very different place with their father dead. But sadly, most of their lives have passed them by while they were waiting for their freedom. 3. Lilacs by Kate Chopin Each year when the lilacs flower a woman comes to the convent for a two week stay. She donates a valuable present to them each time. But somehow, the convent discover she is a performer and they refuse her entry the next year. [not so Christian of them, eh?] 4. Ma'ame Pelagie by Kate Chopin Two sisters have saved their money to rebuild their plantation home, burnt during the Civil War. But when the choice is to build a new smaller home to keep their young niece with them, or keep hanging onto the memories of the old house, which will Pelagie choose? 5. A Mark on the Wall - Virginia Woolf A woman sits and notices a mark on the wall. The stream of conscious writing so characteristic of Woolf. 4 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jami Good

    I liked these short stories okay. There were points of view that I enjoyed hearing, and some intriguing twists of stories. And then, there were some parts that seemed to meander or were just thought experiments where we were pulled along for fun. This is what writing is, often, and that's okay.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cole T.R. Krueger

    Virginia Woolf and Kate Chopin were my favorite parts of this collection. Both Lilacs and The Mark on the Wall were wonderful pieces.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Renee M

    A thought-provoking collection of short stories about the lives of women from youth to age. All show familial relationships with a few focusing on sisters. I found each satisfying in different ways.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    Enjoyable short stories that were all new to me and went very quickly. It seems they all have a little twist or extra bite at the end. Ma'am Pelagie is my favorite.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    A collection of fine stories of subtlety and nuance. Read these in a quiet and thoughtful mood.

  13. 4 out of 5

    A

    A wonderful rumination by Virginia Woolf ends this collection.

  14. 5 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

    These wonderful stories were (surprisingly) soothingly narrated. I could listen to Teresa Gallagher, in particular, for hours.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer M. Hartsock

    In the beginning of the short story, our narrator thinks: “…it’s curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry… Suppose the looking glass smashes, the image disappears, and the romantic figure… is there no longer, but only that shell of a person which is seen by other people…” What this does to enhance the story is display how malleable the mind can be. Each thought (what is the mark on the wall, the reflections people see, and the analogy of the tree) brings about a n In the beginning of the short story, our narrator thinks: “…it’s curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry… Suppose the looking glass smashes, the image disappears, and the romantic figure… is there no longer, but only that shell of a person which is seen by other people…” What this does to enhance the story is display how malleable the mind can be. Each thought (what is the mark on the wall, the reflections people see, and the analogy of the tree) brings about a new view of the world (the world can be seen in many ways). It is difficult at points to understand her message because the story is not set up in a point-to-next-point fashion. Nonetheless, this is not a downfall in the story, but a challenge for the reader.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I personally enjoyed The Garden Party the most of these four short stories - but I thought all were well written. I listened to them on audio and they had some wonderful voices doing the reading - which definitely added even more goodness.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Wonderful audio CD of stories by authors of 19 th & early 20 th century. I was unaware that Kate Chopin died in 1904. She was really ahead of her time. Wonderful audio CD of stories by authors of 19 th & early 20 th century. I was unaware that Kate Chopin died in 1904. She was really ahead of her time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I had never read any of these authors previously. I really enjoyed the Virginia Wolfe short story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauri

    Like any anthology of short stories, I'd like some selections more than others. I listened to this book and will say that the reader was absolutely excellent.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Mechinus

    Boring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    These were just okay. I much preferred Best of Women's Short Stories 1 and 2.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori Tian Sailiata

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey James

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liza

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Layla

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woofter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Soniya Mathew

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