Short Stories

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Short Stories


19. THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF JORGE LUIS BORGES If you can only take magical realism in short doses, then Borges is your man. In one story, a map is as large as the world it depicts. Borges's stories are like vivid dreams in which, in a flash, the world is reduced and explained, and all in a couple of pages.

20. HENRY JAMES'S SHORT STORIES It has been said of Henry James that he chews more than he bites off. Some people find his more monumental novels like Portrait Of A Lady or The Golden Bowl too wordy and effortful. But his short stories have a greater sense of purpose and perhaps, as a result, linger longer in the memory.

21. THE COMPLETE STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES There are, of course, mysteries galore in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Why is a job advertised only for applicants with red hair? Who stole a document from the dispatch box of the secretary of state for European affairs? Needless to say, each has a satisfying solution. But the central mystery - and the one that has kept readers glued since they were published - is the mystery of Sherlock Holmes himself. He tantalises. The more we yearn to know about him, the less his creator reveals. Therein lies his magnetic pull.

22. THE COLLECTED STORIES OF WILLIAM TREVOR A typical short story by Cork writer William Trevor will end with a character's sudden comprehension of an essential truth about herself or some event in the past that has shaped her life. …

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