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Love Stories-Catherine Cookson, Colette, Rosamunde Pilcher, Lynn Curtis

  • Title: Love Stories
  • Author: Catherine Cookson, Colette, Rosamunde Pilcher, Lynn Curtis
  • Released: 1996-02-15
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  • Pages: 324
  • ISBN: 0312957564
  • ISBN13: 978-0312957568
  • ASIN: 0312957564

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From Publishers Weekly Previously published in Great Britain in 1990, this collection of 18 stories about love and its many guises represents an uneven gathering of authors, from Stella Whitelaw to Ivan Turgenev, Jilly Cooper to John Updike. But whether written by a literary heavyweight or a popular romance writer, the stories share a simplicity of narrative and rather dramatic tone. Typical of the more romantic tales are Catherine Cookson's "Miss Geraldine Parkington," about a spinster from a well-to-do English family who proposes marriage to her longtime gardener, and Pilcher's "Lalla," in which a plain girl relates how her beautiful older sister gave up a dashing fiance and modeling career to return to her childhood sweetheart. Updike's "A Constellation of Events," a housewife's account of the beginning of an affair, stands out for its author's familiar ability to shade and alter narrative with a telling glance, or through tone of voice. Unfortunately, despite the presence of other major writers (Daphne du Maurier, Guy de Maupassant, H.E. Bates, Colette), such subtlety and craftsmanship are rare in this volume, which proves satisfying without being challenging, interesting without being memorable.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal Authors ranging from Guy de Maupassant to John Updike are represented in this collection, first published in Great Britain in 1990. Many of the stories have little to do with love in the traditional sense, and even fewer display any romance, so that readers looking for happy endings might be disappointed. Infatuation, self-sacrificing adoration, comfort and companionship, brief affairs, love betrayed, and even destructive and dangerous relationships are among the themes. Those interested in more complex relationships can find some thought-provoking stories. Unfortunately, the selection is uneven and some of the stories are simply old-fashioned. A marginal purchase for most collections.
Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
 
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