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Opulent music carries us into the world of wealth in Wellington, New Zealand. Katherine Mansfield's short story follows the Sheridan family's preparation for their fancy garden party. When a working-class neighbor dies, the family decides the party must go on, to the frustration of daughter Laura, who wonders if all of these class distinctions are very silly after all. Teresa Gallagher's light voice, clear as a bell, suits the story's luxurious tone. Her pacing varies effortlessly and, combined with her skilled enunciation, Gallagher keeps listeners entertained for the story's just-over-half-hour length.

Summary

This is a story from the Classic Women's Short Stories collection....

Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.

New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. "The Garden Party" is one of her most famous, while "Daughters of the Late Colonel" shows a wonderful sense of wit.

Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. "Lilacs" and "Ma'ame Pelagie" are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas.

Woolf's "A Mark on the Wall" shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels.

Public Domain (P)2001 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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  • 02-10-20

Coming of age for the Upper Crust

For me, this story illimuninates the gradual awakening of empathy from the upper class. it is very detailed and leaves me wondering what would come next. I hope to read it again with a book club so we can all share our interpretation of Laura's last words, "life is so....."