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Some of these stories were not for me Some of them were a little strange, some were a little boring A lot of them had really interesting endings that weren t really endings But most of them, I really enjoyed, and wantedof each David Miller chose a great selection of stories for this collection. I asked for this book for Christmas last year and I took the whole year to read it 100 of the finest short stories ever written you don t zip through that, you savor that a couple of stories a week As with any anthology, I liked some stories better than others Some of my favorites were Fitzgerald s Babylon Revisited and Cheever s The Swimmer, neither of which I had previously read even though they are classics Other well known classics included in this collection include Shirley Jackson s I asked for this book for Christmas last year and I took the whole year to read it 100 of the finest short stories ever written you don t zip through that, you savor that a couple of stories a week As with any anthology, I liked some stories better than others Some of my favorites were Fitzgerald s Babylon Revisited and Cheever s The Swimmer, neither of which I had previously read even though they are classics Other well known classics included in this collection include Shirley Jackson s The Lottery and Flannery O Connor s A Good Man is Hard to Find A lesser known andrecent story that really stuck with me was Ian McEwan s Butterflies You need strong nerve to even read it, but it is almost perfectly constructed, as the horror of what actually happened slowly occurs to you Like my reviews Check out my blog at #KINDLE ¼ That Glimpse of Truth à Every thing in this book is as good as it can get Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise the short story is capable of almost anything This collection of thefinest stories ever written ranges from the essential to the unexpected, the traditional to the surreal Wide in scope, both beautiful and vast, this is the perfect companion for any fiction loverHere are Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates, childhood favourites and neglected masters, twenty first century wits and national treasuresFeaturing an all star cast of authors, including Julian Barnes, Angela Carter, Anton Chekhov, Roald Dahl, Penelope Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, VS Pritchett, Thomas Pynchon and Muriel Spark, THAT GLIMPSE OF TRUTH is the biggest, most handsome collection of short fiction in print today See at Obviously, these are not really the 100 finest short stories ever written they are one person s selection Further, I note that David Miller works for a literary agent, and according to the credits a suspiciously high proportion of the contemporary authors are represented by his agency It s a global collection but inevitably biased towards the West But leaving those matters aside, there are some crackers here There are the obvious choices, like Chekhov, Munro, and Pritchett though I wouldn Obviously, these are not really the 100 finest short stories ever written they are one person s selection Further, I note that David Miller works for a literary agent, and according to the credits a suspiciously high proportion of the contemporary authors are represented by his agency It s a global collection but inevitably biased towards the West But leaving those matters aside, there are some crackers here There are the obvious choices, like Chekhov, Munro, and Pritchett though I wouldn t have chosen the stories he did but I most enjoyed discovering authors I hadn t read before I was especially taken by Sean O Faolain his How to write a short story is witty and superb Otherthan honourable mentions go to John Cheever s The Swimmer, Palm Court by the unknown to me James Salter, the brilliant Live Bait by also unknown Frank Tuohy I laughed aloud at Georgina Hammick s The Dying Room, which revolves around an argument between an upper class mother and her son about what to call specific rooms in the house the English class system meticulously skewered Elsewhere I laughed at Wodehouse s consummate comic turns In the case of Angus McAllister, why, going a step further, have made hum a human being at all All the ingredients of a first class mule simply thrown away Or, of a village fete There was only one man who could have coped adequately with the situation, and that was King Herod, who regrettably was not among those present Tim Winton s Boner McPharlin s Moll, Gita Mehta s Teacher s Story, Isaac Babel s My first fee there arethan I can mention here Well worth having if you love short stories keep it handy to dip into and I ll be looking forfrom the authors mentioned here great collection but print book format is too big and heavy to hold to read Fairly decent collection of stories As it was said in the preamble they are personal choices of the author I did like the stories in varying degrees, and I might choose some stories differently, but I do acknowledge that it is quite nice cut through the century of authors. I finally finally finished this, after years of reading it on and off I read it because of deciding to try to write some short stories, to see some of the finest examples of the form I kept getting stuck because I would come across a really bad story and then either struggle to want to finish it or expect the next one to be just like it, which it never was As you d expect with an anthology some of the stories in this collection are incredible Some are absolutely abysmal It s like the boo I finally finally finished this, after years of reading it on and off I read it because of deciding to try to write some short stories, to see some of the finest examples of the form I kept getting stuck because I would come across a really bad story and then either struggle to want to finish it or expect the next one to be just like it, which it never was As you d expect with an anthology some of the stories in this collection are incredible Some are absolutely abysmal It s like the book equivalent of a lucky dip or Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans Hence three stars, on average.My favourite stories, in ascending order of favouriteness, were Forgotten Dreams by Stefan ZweigI remember it was good, but I forget what it was about.Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote by Jorge Luis BorgesMore of a pretentious joke than a story, but I did find it funny Very clever.The Index by J.G BallardIngenious Tells a story through one explanatory note and a fictionalised index Funny.The Nose by GogolIt s really hard to picture what is going on, but that doesn t make it any less compelling perhapsWow.The Hare and The Tortoise by AesopGenius.A Cold Autumn by Ivan BuninA little jewel.A Little Ramble by Robert WalserMore of a journal entry note Flash fiction Poetic Poignant.The Toymaker and His Wife by Joanne HarrisMore flash fiction, but a clever and piercing fable.A Hunger Artist by Franz KafkaHow have I not read Kafka yet I really need to read Kafka.Radio Gannet by Shena MackayUnexpected and smile raising.Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend by P.G WodehouseI d never read any Wodehouse before and enjoyed this Funny and touching at the same time O Whistle and I ll Come to You, My Lad by M.R JamesBizarre Haunting Mesmerising.The Book of Jonah by anonymousA classic If you read it carefully, it s actually very very funny, especially at the end.Parson s Pleasure by Roald DahlAh good old Roald Dahl I only read a few of his grown up short stories when I was younger Perfect example of the twist or the trick at the end Need to readof these.Beauty s Sister by James BradleyNotable for contemporarising the fairy tale genre proficiently.The Deep by Anthony DoerrA powerful, life affirming, bittersweet story.The Lottery by Shirley JacksonChilling but supremely effective In a weird way a bit like a proto Hunger Games.Errand by Raymond CarverOk, I get why he is considered so good now.The Swimmer by John CheeverStunning, lyrical and eerie Leaves a strong taste in the mouth.The Wavemaker Falters by George SaundersA serendipitous discovery an arresting surprise a true hidden gem Never heard of this guy before but this darkly comic, vivid and evocative story made me laugh out loud and heave with silent giggles several times when I was reading it in bed and my wife had to ask me to be quiet I ll be looking him up in order to findthings he has written.A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O ConnorI d read this before, but reading it again here I was reminded of how beautiful and utterly powerful this story is It leaves a strong imprint on the memory AND it contains some interesting theological reflections placed in the mouth of its villain Gold standard I d love to write a story like this I can see why it is among the most anthologised of all short stories ever written in English Go and listen to the Sufjan Stevens song named after it too.My least favourite stories, in descending order of un favouriteness, were Solid Geometry by Ian McEwanSaw the trick coming miles off it was signposted far too heavy handedly by McEwan A chore.At The Beach by Bernard MacLavertyJust a bit gross, for me, in a few probably highly subjective ways.Lizzie s Tiger by Angela CarterI know Carter is really famous and groundbreaking and all, but I found the surprise hidden at the heart of this story just nasty and unpleasant gratuitous and virulent.Entropy by Thomas PynchonSelf indulgent pretentious bollocks.The Tangling Point by Tim ParksAgain, gross About an affair implies that an old man has sex with a dog.Mixed Breeding by Nicola BarkerA literal shaggy dog story Yuk What is it with these writers and dog sex A Real Doll by A.M HomesGraphic sex, this time with Barbie dolls Urgh Stopped reading and skipped ahead.Let Me Count the Times by Martin AmisAn absolutely disgusting, obscene and horrible story I m actually ashamed of myself that I finished reading this and didn t just skip over it It s clever in its own way, but simultaneously lurid and filthy I think Amis should be ashamed of himself for having written it.Some other things I noticed 1 Good short stories seemoften than not to have compelling characters painted with revealing details in a small space, feature interesting or unusual situations or people, and focus on precise, surprising observations.2 Somewhere around Alice Munro born in the 1930s , every story starts to involves or mention sex in some way Almost without fail They are not necessarily better for it.3 Short stories can be highly moving and profound, even as much as novels They re like little pearls or gemstones But they can also be total crap, so you re playing roulette whenever you read them, which can make them hard to want to read So VERY similar to Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans, then But hey, if you get a dud at least you won t waste as much time as with a novel And they re worth it for the gemstones that you do find I read only 38% of the stories or rather 28 of them.I found them on the whole slightly disappointing.Some were hard to understand Borges Pierre Menard and Pynchon s Entropy, one was just utterly boring MacLaverty s At the Beach.I liked Flaubert s a Simple Heart and Munro s story about the wife whose husband could only joke and whose parents didn t like her Also Barnes melancholic story of a recent widower on his Island holiday he had been to 20 times with his wife, was moving in its brevi I read only 38% of the stories or rather 28 of them.I found them on the whole slightly disappointing.Some were hard to understand Borges Pierre Menard and Pynchon s Entropy, one was just utterly boring MacLaverty s At the Beach.I liked Flaubert s a Simple Heart and Munro s story about the wife whose husband could only joke and whose parents didn t like her Also Barnes melancholic story of a recent widower on his Island holiday he had been to 20 times with his wife, was moving in its brevity and sustained feelings.I was amused by Martin Amis funny sory abut a calculator salesman s obsession with the frequency of his sex life Been dipping in and out of this for a few years It san historical narrative of the genre, rather than a Best 100 as the stories gradually move from old at the outset to contemporary by the end At least 30 are incredible stories, and the anthology is worth buying for these alone I thought another 40 or so strong, well strong according to my own personal taste and Miller deliberately provides a very varied selection here in terms of style and theme And there was roughly a quarter I d Been dipping in and out of this for a few years It san historical narrative of the genre, rather than a Best 100 as the stories gradually move from old at the outset to contemporary by the end At least 30 are incredible stories, and the anthology is worth buying for these alone I thought another 40 or so strong, well strong according to my own personal taste and Miller deliberately provides a very varied selection here in terms of style and theme And there was roughly a quarter I disliked not Miler s fault it s subjective I d highly recommend this anthology to lovers of prose, as well as lovers of the short story genre, along with anyone keen on seeing the short story s evolution via a reading journey The tales within Head of Zeus That Glimpse of Truth 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written have been selected and introduced by David Miller The book s blurb states, Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise the short story is capable of almost anything , and goes on to describe the way in which the stories range from the essential to the unexpected, the traditional to the surreal Here are childhood favourites and neglected masters, twenty first century wits and national treasures, Man Book The tales within Head of Zeus That Glimpse of Truth 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written have been selected and introduced by David Miller The book s blurb states, Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise the short story is capable of almost anything , and goes on to describe the way in which the stories range from the essential to the unexpected, the traditional to the surreal Here are childhood favourites and neglected masters, twenty first century wits and national treasures, Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates.In his witty introduction, in which he leads an informed discussion about the power of the short story, Miller writes of the Herculean task of selecting the one hundred best tales ever written I ve tried to remain dispassionate, searching for the finest, ending up being wholly and, I d argue, usefully passionate I have spent weeks, then months, quarrelling with myself and others and, now there is a result, some will complain I ve not included a or y, or h or z or given due attention to the burgeoning literary genre or scene in delete as appropriate He goes on to say that as a short story is already a distillation, it gives the writer a far harder task to achieve everything, not just any thing Every thing in this book is as good as it can get.So many wonderful authors have been included in this anthology just glancing at the full list on the back of the book before I began to read, I picked out Virginia Woolf, Anton Chekhov, Roald Dahl, William Maxwell, Ian McEwan and Flannery O Connor The range of contributors is diverse, particularly when one takes into account the wealth of original languages in which the tales were originally penned Primarily, those in That Glimpse of Truth are English, but there are stories translated from Danish, Yiddish and Vietnamese to name but three The stories have been ordered by the chronological date of birth of each author as, says Miller, that seemed easiest It is as good a way as any to organise a collection of tales, and there is consequently a marvellous progression from beginning to end.The book s title has been taken from a quote by Joseph Conrad, on why he chose to write within the short story form My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask That Glimpse of Truth begins with a story from The Book of Jonah , and encompasses, among others, the Brothers Grimm, Nikolai Gogol, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Stefan Zweig, Edith Pearlman and Lorrie Moore The format of the book makes it a perfect volume from which to read one or two stories per day So many themes, perspectives, characters and emotions have been encompassed There are stories within stories, and also those which ask wider questions That Glimpse of Truth has been beautifully designed The book itself is lovely a red hardback with a nicely designed dustjacket and ribbon bookmarks The only drawback is that there are rather a lot of mistakes within the majority of the stories, and it is a real shame that it was not better edited Regardless, at over 900 pages, That Glimpse of Truth is sure to keep every reader amused It is a marvellous collection, and has been thoughtfully put together, so much so that it is an absolute delight to read