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The Colonel's daughter enters with coffee and sweet biscuits. This is a welcome distraction. She makes small talk not merely possible but. Start by marking “The Colonel’s Daughter” as Want to Read: The conspirators sit smoking thoughtfully, sipping brandy, around the fire in the Colonel’s den. Emulating his father, Coover edited and wrote for various school newspapers under the nom-de-plume “Scoop.”.
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These short stories from Rose Tremain intrigued me, given her talent with novels. I wasn't disappointed, as most of the stories kept me in thrall. You think you know how it's going to go, but that doesn't happen. A blind father marries again, much to the chagrin of his children.
A gifted chef, known for his creative dishes, is unable to contemplate everyday life without his boyfriend. By contrast, a couple of many years of marriage and devoted to the chef's dishes, may not be as happy together as others think. None of this turns out the way the reader might expect. Just loved this story. Oh my.
Again, not what you think. The husband is gung-ho, while the wife is not so enthusiastic about the time away. But when they get there, everything changes. This was my absolute fav story of the collection as it rang so true. Just perfect. We won't go back to England with all that we carried with us to America.
There's a part of me which has been replaced. How about a theme park? Never liked the winter. Gets dark too early. Sherry keeps me going. Top me up, will you? He has ignored the children and is jealous of his ex's new life, writing novels. Maturity seems to elude some folks. Happy with his little roof garden and occasional restaurant meals, he must endure a new film and a dazzling co-star actor. View 1 comment. Apr 03, David rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in In the brilliant, action-packed, title story of this collection, Rose Tremain single-handedly renews our faith in the potential of the short story form.
By writing a story in which - heaven forfend - something actually happens , she reclaims the form from those crafty vampires who try to hold it hostage. You know the type - those pallid, anemic 'writers', who hide behind the claim that the short story is all about the 'craft' of writing, even as they exsanguinate the form, bleeding it dry as t In the brilliant, action-packed, title story of this collection, Rose Tremain single-handedly renews our faith in the potential of the short story form.
You know the type - those pallid, anemic 'writers', who hide behind the claim that the short story is all about the 'craft' of writing, even as they exsanguinate the form, bleeding it dry as they distract us with their pretty adjectives and limp, solipsistic navel-gazing. I don't want to exaggerate. This collection of stories is far from perfect. But the vigor and imagination that Tremain brings to her writing are a welcome development, and deserve to be acknowledged. This short collection hardly represents the final conquest of the forces of mediocrity that plague modern writing.
But, in writing these vibrant stories, Tremain reminds us readers that we have a right to expect more from a short story than the anemic navel-gazing of a Deborah Eisenberg or Rick Moody character.
In doing so, she puts a stake through the collective heart of the crafty vampires , and puts a major dent in their efforts to leech the life out of the short story form. A minor victory, perhaps, but a significant one, for which Rose Tremain deserves our acknowledgement and our thanks Dec 02, Kiran rated it it was ok. I read this soon after having read another collection of short stories by Rose Tremain - "The Garden of the Villa Mollini". These stories were slightly longer and I did find most of them quite engaging. But overall, I think I prefer the novels that she has written.
Jun 30, Ruth Jalfon rated it liked it. Collection of vivid short stories. Beautifully written and engaging but pretty depressing in their portrayal of human relationships. While I've always had an irrational hatred of short stories, I liked Rose Tremain's full length novels and thought I'd give this a collection a try Jan 13, Ant Koplowitz rated it really liked it Shelves: Ten short stories comprise Rose Tremain's The Colonel's Daughter, most of which seem to have been published originally in the s.
The collection is a readable mix of then contemporary tales, most of which concern some form of dramatic life event in the life of one or more main characters. Tremain's a stylish writer with the knack of creating believable characters, although the notion of 'plot' is pretty limited most of the time, with little in the way of denouement or clarifying revelation. T Ten short stories comprise Rose Tremain's The Colonel's Daughter, most of which seem to have been published originally in the s.
That said, the world she creates has a sort of momentum all of its own, meaning that for the most part, I wasn't left feeling disappointed in any way. My least favourite was the first story, The Colonel's Daughter of the book's title. It's not a bad story, but I have an in-built prejudice for the over used stylistic 'present tense' narrative.
Fortunately, most of the others were told in the first person and these worked well. Apr 10, Gemma Williams rated it liked it. An enjoyable collection of stories by Rose Tremain. In my opinion a bit mixed. There were a couple of other stories I found eiher a bit pretentious in tone or just not completely convincing, but there's nothing here that's not worth reading. I love most of her novels - it's just unfortunate that the two things I've read since I started using facebook haven't been as good. Dec 26, Caroline rated it liked it.
I was attracted to the book as I enjoy the quality of Tremain's writing and of course her skill does not disappoint. This collection of short stories is widely diverse and doesn't seem to come together well. All populated by strange relationships and strange people who we are persuaded to accept as normal.
There is little fun or joy to be found in any of the stories. There is however a rather dark, heavy commentary on human weakness. Feb 01, Carlton rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories. Another excellent and varied early collection of short stories from the versatile Ms Tremain. Set mainly in England, with one holidaying English couple in Florida and another story of English folk in France, these stories are full of emotion and there are good contrasts.
I especially enjoyed the bleak but powerful story, Words with Marigold, which may have been bravura, but it worked for me. Brilliant, says David G. A must-read for me then.