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AS Byatt's short fictions collected in paperback for the first time explore the fragile ties between generat. It is always a little sad to reach the point where there is no fiction to read by a favourite writer let s hope she still has to come This was Byatt s first collection of stories the last book she published before Possession and although it lacks the thematic unity of most of her later story collections it still contains some fine writing There are some recurring themes death two of the stories involve ghosts and how real life inspires the writing processThe first story Racine and the Tablecloth is a moving tale of a clever girl who is bullied at school and feels antagonised by her teacher Like some of the other stories here this one is a little elliptical For me the least convincing piece was The Dried Witch a rather macabre story set in a primitive village which is interesting because its style presages some of her later fairy storiesOn the Day that EM Forster Died is a story of a writer that must be at least partly autobiographical she has a number of disparate ideas for her next novel and while sitting in the British Library she sees that they would be powerful as part of a single larger work and feels that the shadow cast by Forster has been lifted those who have read the Frederica uartet The Virgin in the Garden Still Life Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman might recognise this description For me this uartet and Possession are Byatt s most complex and rewarding works The story then moves off on a tangent to a decidedly odd encounter with an old acuaintance who tries to involve her in a bizarre conspiracyThe penultimate story Precipice Uncurled is a curious story of a talented young painter falling in love with a friend of Robert Browning and his death in a fall from a mountain in the Apennines where he is trying to capture the light I suspect my ignorance led me to miss some of the resonances and context for this one but it is interesting because it was probably written when she was already thinking about PossessionThe final story Sugar gives the collection its title Sugar is about family history and the way stories are filtered and changed by the teller the narrator compares her parents conflicting memories of her grandfather the owner of a boiled sweet factory and the stories of her aunts and unclesAs always with Byatt there are plenty of ideas here and this is a rewarding read but perhaps not the best starting point for someone new to her work Night Owl Loonette paperback for the first time explore the fragile ties between generat. It is always a little sad to reach the Deadshifted (Edie Spence, point where there is no fiction to read by a favourite writer let s hope she still has to come This was Byatt s first collection of stories the last book she El agujero del infierno published before Possession and although it lacks the thematic unity of most of her later story collections it still contains some fine writing There are some recurring themes death two of the stories involve ghosts and how real life inspires the writing The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) processThe first story Racine and the Tablecloth is a moving tale of a clever girl who is bullied at school and feels antagonised by her teacher Like some of the other stories here this one is a little elliptical For me the least convincing Teddy piece was The Dried Witch a rather macabre story set in a Calling Me Home primitive village which is interesting because its style Mr. Francis Wife partly autobiographical she has a number of disparate ideas for her next novel and while sitting in the British Library she sees that they would be The Shadow People powerful as Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels painter falling in love with a friend of Robert Browning and his death in a fall from a mountain in the Apennines where he is trying to capture the light I suspect my ignorance led me to miss some of the resonances and context for this one but it is interesting because it was The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook probably written when she was already thinking about PossessionThe final story Sugar gives the collection its title Sugar is about family history and the way stories are filtered and changed by the teller the narrator compares her Vietnam Perkasie parents conflicting memories of her grandfather the owner of a boiled sweet factory and the stories of her aunts and unclesAs always with Byatt there are Losing Strength and Dexterity perhaps not the best starting Afghanistan point for someone new to her work

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Ompels us to inhabit other lives and returns us to our own with new knowledge compassion and a sense of wonde. Every time I read Byatt I find myself choosing my words carefully for the hour or two after I put the book down Her word choice is always so precise and her tone so controlled yet revealing I especially loved the title story and the line None of these words none of these things recall him The gold winged fire haired figure in the doorway is and was myth though he did come back he was there at that time and I did make that leap Perhaps my favorite description of the futility and necessity of words The Line put the book down Her word choice is always so Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy precise and her tone so controlled yet revealing I especially loved the title story and the line None of these words none of these things recall him The gold winged fire haired figure in the doorway is and was myth though he did come back he was there at that time and I did make that leap Perhaps my favorite description of the futility and necessity of words

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Ions the dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it resulting in a book that c. This collection of short stories contains the underlying themes of fear futility and the uncertainty of life As always Byatt s prose is beautiful to read but this collection leaves one with a sense of unease


10 thoughts on “Sugar and Other Stories

  1. says:

    It is always a little sad to reach the point where there is no fiction to read by a favourite writer let's hope she still has to come This was Byatt's first collection of stories the last book she published before Possession and although it lacks the thematic unity of most of her later story collections it still contains some fine writing There are some recurring themes death two of the stories involve ghosts

  2. says:

    I felt very conflicted about this book The majority of stories in it were extremely unpleasant and several The Dried Witch In the Air so painful I couldn't read them in full Byatt is not at all in her best in the realistic short story medium; her plots stop short in that maddening manner so common to modern short story authors so it's as if the last third of the story itself remains unwritten and only a few times at t

  3. says:

    I must admit to being completely in awe of AS Byatt I am always struck by her ualities of great luminous intelligence her keen eye her amazing sense for detail especially emotional detail I wonder what it's like to be her

  4. says:

    Racine and the Tablecloth This is such a deeply felt story that it’s hard to avoid wondering if the central conflict between Emily an awkward unpopular bookish girl who writes brilliantly and the headmistress of her school who patronizingl

  5. says:

    This collection of short stories contains the underlying themes of fear futility and the uncertainty of life As always Byatt's prose is beautiful to read but this collection leaves one with a sense of unease

  6. says:

    Complex and beautifully worded this was a very uneven read for me I enjoyed the first Racine and the Tablecloth and last Sugar most with On the Day that EM Forster Died coming in third I loathed The Dried Witch I prefer her long narratives much and look forward to getting to those I've missed

  7. says:

    Read the first two stories then gave up Very wordy wasn't in the mood

  8. says:

    This is one of those books that makes me wish it were possible to use half stars in rating it It's a very uneven collection certainly not a four star book but the best stories in it are good enough that three stars seems a bit paltry Byatt's command of language is as always excellent and I can only admire the way she seems to ignore all rules about story making and to write only to please herself and work out her own ideas about fiction

  9. says:

    Every time I read Byatt I find myself choosing my words carefully for the hour or two after I put the book down Her word choice is always so precise and her tone so controlled yet revealing I especially loved the title story

  10. says:

    My favorite story in this collection is The July Ghost a poignant ghost story It's not a genre that one associates with AS Byatt but she's superb at rendering atmosphere so it should really come as no surprise that she succeeds so well Someone I forget who once said that all ghost stories are about loss Case in point

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