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That Glimpse Of Truth: 100 Of The Finest Short Stories Ever Written
In the face of overwhelming evidence that long novels remain both ubiquitous and extremely popular, the short story is repeatedly lauded as the form best suited to our busy and distractible times. It is, they say, the ideal duration for a commute and easily readable on a phone in a free moment. This prevalent idea does a disservice to a rich and varied form which is often much denser and more demanding than a novel. That Glimpse of Truth makes a strong case for the short story as both a vibrant and substantial form. This heavy hardback is handsomely designed and clearly intended as a cherished object rather than a convenient read. The content is so consistently good that it is almost beyond criticism. This is a rich premise but its execution is, perhaps inevitably, slightly flawed.
This is often true, sometimes not. Be that as it may, they often seem to suppose that there is a market for a short story anthology. It weighs in at just under 4lb on our kitchen scales, is too heavy to hold comfortably, and therefore not a book to read in bed. The contrast between its bulk and the light and airy quality of many of the stories within it is comical. Nobody will agree with the choices made by any anthologist.
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Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise: the short story is capable of almost anything. Featuring an all-star cast of authors, including Kate Atkinson, Julian Barnes, Angela Carter, Anton Chekhov, Richmal Crompton, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Penelope Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert.
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