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    But I opened my eyes too suddenly, for no reason at all, and the beach at East Hampton has vanished, along with Bluebell and the cats, all of them dead for years now The Turkish towel is in reality the white nubbly counterpane of the bed I am lying in, and the cool ocean breeze is being provided by the blessed air conditioner It is ninety three degrees outside a terrible day in New York City So much for my daydream of sand and sea and roses The daydream was, after all, only a mild attack o But I opened my eyes too suddenly, for no reason at all, and the beach at East Hampton has vanished, along with Bluebell and the cats, all of them dead for years now The Turkish towel is in reality the white nubbly counterpane of the bed I am lying in, and the cool ocean breeze is being provided by the blessed air conditioner It is ninety three degrees outside a terrible day in New York City So much for my daydream of sand and sea and roses The daydream was, after all, only a mild attack of homesickness The reason it was a mild attack instead of a fierce one is that there are a number of places I am homesick for East Hampton is only one of them.That quote is from Maeve Brennan s preface to this collection of short stories and it echoes the sadness to be found in several of them Her original family home in Dublin features as do other places she spent time in during her life as a columnist for The New Yorker Most of the stories are in the classic story mould, short and sharp with a twist in the tail A few arelight hearted, as, for example, those which feature Bluebell, her beloved labrador In all of them, the writing is a treat to read, no frills or flounces, just clarity and wit If you enjoy short stories as much as I do, this will be a beautiful addition to your collection


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    They were marked for life by their ravenous hopes, writes the sublime Brennan 1917 93 They had the glittering, exploring eyes of people who have never learned to control their dreams This most personal story The Bohemians details in 12 eloquent, restrained pages that would take most novelists 500 the story of a couple with one child who reflects as an adult, last line, Things had not turned out as he expected It is a hard thing for a person to be left alone in the world Brenna They were marked for life by their ravenous hopes, writes the sublime Brennan 1917 93 They had the glittering, exploring eyes of people who have never learned to control their dreams This most personal story The Bohemians details in 12 eloquent, restrained pages that would take most novelists 500 the story of a couple with one child who reflects as an adult, last line, Things had not turned out as he expected It is a hard thing for a person to be left alone in the world Brennan, hedlined today as the greatest Irish writer you never heard of, and she is, collides comedy and tragedy, hilarity and sorrow, along with loneliness and trivial snobbery, in her immaculate stories about disappointment Many of the stories here are set at Herbert s Retreat, a private enclave of homes up the Hudson river one hour from NYC Brennan uses the site known as Snedens Landing, which remains today private as ever b c there s no room for expansion, unlike the luckless Hamptons, which now attract rich rabble Her Retreat stories are linked w the same characters, notably Leona, a smart, adventurous woman whose husband is a bore but whose best friend, Charles, a culture critic for regional papers and who lives in a NYC hotel room, weekends there, always He tells Leona how to decorate, dress and constantly advises her on the changing dimensions of good taste She adores him Charles, for his part, sees her as a dear child, though he sometimes wished she might be a tiny bitintelligent In Brennan s The Stone Hot Water Bottle, Leona Charles have a crisis Having gifted him with this water bottle, she lets a guest borrow it and Charles is lividWho has his special water bottleLeona is in tears for offending darling Charles She finds a way to restore, and one up, the balance.Brennan s stories focus on the idiotic imperfections of life and people that can drive us crazy And the selfishness In The Servant s Dance, the Irish help at the Retreat find recourse to outsnob those richies who pay their salaries Here s a tale of funny, malicious spite A cat lover, Brennan s I See You, Bianca, centers on a beloved cat Bianca who is interested only in where she is, and what she can see and hope to touch with her nose and paws Then Brennan tenderly describes the yawning, stretching, sleeping of Bianca who, one day, is nowhere to be found There is no end to Bianca s story because no one knows what happened to her Her loss is accepted, just another disappointment and nothingcan be said Because Brennan knew Capote, many feel her personality influenced Holly Golightly and her cat.B in Ireland, her family was Irish Republican, Brennan came to the US in her late teens and settled here as a journalist Chic, worldly, sassy, she became a staffer for the New Yorker and briefly married one of its top alcoholic editors There were other romances, and she lived extravagantly Then, in the early 80s, she had a breakdownand even forgot she had been a writer admired by Updike and Albee A troubled genius, as she was once described, Brennan happily is being rediscovered For those who care about magical writing, in the company of Chekhov and Flaubert, says Albee, she s a blessed spirit Can you name others


  3. says:

    Lovely short stories I have never heard of Maeve Brennan before but look forward to readingof her work soon.


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    So good These past two months I would read one short story from the collection every time I got stuck in revisions or every time I was being lazy didn t feel like it was terrified I didn t actually know how to write and it would make me want to get back to work and learn to be a better.AND NOW I HAVE NO MORE MAEVE BRENNAN STORIES, HOW SHALL I HYPE MYSELF Ah well.Most of the stories are set in and around Manhattan in the 40 s and 50 s Some are set in Ireland Some are funny, bubbly, upp So good These past two months I would read one short story from the collection every time I got stuck in revisions or every time I was being lazy didn t feel like it was terrified I didn t actually know how to write and it would make me want to get back to work and learn to be a better.AND NOW I HAVE NO MORE MAEVE BRENNAN STORIES, HOW SHALL I HYPE MYSELF Ah well.Most of the stories are set in and around Manhattan in the 40 s and 50 s Some are set in Ireland Some are funny, bubbly, upper crust satire type things, some are so, so sad Actually, a lot of them are melancholy in one way or another, especially in the second half of the book Some lines seem almost throwaway, but then a second later you realise they re actually hilarious or wise.Am probably going to go search out everything else Maeve Brennan has written now


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    These stories were really wonderful I enjoyed this book muchthan the previous collection I read, Springs of Affection, in part because of the greater scope and greater opportunity for Brennan to express her talents The twenty stories are divided subtly four groups, geographic rather than chronologic The first are all centred around an enclave called Herbert s Retreat based on the real life Sneed s Landing in lower Westchester Co., some thirty miles north of New York City These are bi These stories were really wonderful I enjoyed this book muchthan the previous collection I read, Springs of Affection, in part because of the greater scope and greater opportunity for Brennan to express her talents The twenty stories are divided subtly four groups, geographic rather than chronologic The first are all centred around an enclave called Herbert s Retreat based on the real life Sneed s Landing in lower Westchester Co., some thirty miles north of New York City These are bitingly satirical upstairs downstairs stories of wealthy New Yorkers and their Irish maids, and frequently the tales twist on a certain glee in come upance The next group are set in Ireland, among quiet and simple people, what we would call the lower middle class or even perhaps the working poor We do go on about class, don t we Although in the States it s always based on income The few that follow the Irish stories are set in New York City, in a never land of Brennan s own particular experience but that s the case with all New York experiences, I suspect no two are exactly alike, yet all seem familiar.The final group take place on Long Island, in a country cottage attached to a big house, a sprawling shingle style summer resident of the Gilded Age These stories feature a black Labrador named Bluebell owned by the tenant of the cottage, Miss Whitty, and a gaggle of children who inhabit big house on the hill There s a certain wistfulness about the spinster and her animals and the children of other people.More than one story in this collection caused me to laugh out loud More than one left me in tears


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    I enjoyed the rich descriptions Example The little house was very quiet Buttoned up in its diamonds with its shingled roof pulled down about its ears and its left shoulder turned to the ocean, the house seemed to enjoy the summer sun cautiously, as though it knew it wasn t a summer house


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    She s abilious Katherine Mansfield and she s very very good.


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    I gave it four stars until I read the story I See You, Bianca, and it made me cry Then I gave it five stars.


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    A fierce and beautiful, melancholic collection of stories I was surprised at Brennan s capacity to surprise me, how she managed to combine an unsentimental understanding of her characters along with an ability to make me empathise with them.I love this collection, and I m going to read her earlier collection too.I had to pace myself while reading these stories.


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    Out of the twenty stories, there were only 3 4 that I didn t get into and they were all in the later half.


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The Rose Garden download The Rose Garden, read online The Rose Garden, kindle ebook The Rose Garden, The Rose Garden 54e717d24e9b Reading Maeve Brennan Is Like Watching A Master Jeweler Construct A Ticking Watch From An Array Of Tiny, Inanimate Parts Linda Barrett Osborne, New York Times Book ReviewSo Good That I Kept Putting The Book Down To Savor A Description Or Perfect Phrase, To Hug Myself With Malicious Joy, And To Put Off The Evil Hour When The Stories Would Be Done Katherine A Powers, Boston Sunday GlobeWhen The Springs Of Affection Was Published In , The Poet Eamon Grennan Called It A Classic, A Book That Placed Maeve Brennan Among The Best Irish Short Story Writers Since Joyce The Rose Garden Gathers The Rest Of Her Short Fiction, Some Of It Set In Her Native Dublin But Most Of It In And Around Her Adopted Manhattan The Riches Here Are Many, But The Collection S Centerpiece Is A Suite Of Satirical Scenes From Suburban Life, Stories A Little Meaner Than Cheever S, And Wittier Than Updike S Los Angeles Times Book Review