Reply Wed 10 Nov, 2010 11:02 am
Read them both, dys. Enjoyed them both.
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Reply Wed 10 Nov, 2010 11:04 am
Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Reply Wed 10 Nov, 2010 11:55 am
I agree that age and experience can alter or even expand one's perspective. I too have had the experience of different perceptions on rereading works of literature at widely separated intervasls - but not with Kafka.
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Reply Wed 10 Nov, 2010 01:09 pm
Thurber has been one of my favorites for short stories. I love "University Days"
Reply Wed 10 Nov, 2010 02:57 pm
Yeah, and "The Night the Bed Fell".

Then there was Aunt Sarah Shoaf, who never went to bed at night
without the fear that a burglar was going to get in and blow chloroform
under her door through a tube. To avert this calamity -for she was in
greater dread of anesthetics than of losing her household goods-she
always piled her money, silverware, and other valuables in a neat stack
just outside her bedroom, with a note reading,: "This is all I have. Please
take it and do not use your chloroform, as this is all I have."
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Reply Sat 13 Nov, 2010 01:52 am
I like short stories and have read some of the mentioned stories and don´t know some of the mentioned authors.
Reading short stories in bed is a good thing. I have Scandinavian authors, who might not have been translated.
I have noticed that German authors don´t write as many short stories as Scandinavian or English speaking autors.
Now and then on a nasty fall night I like to take out M.R. James The Best Ghost Stories. I like his way of telling a story, the language and the old fashioned style he has.
I also like Dorothy Parker.
Should you ever get across a book by Judith Hermann - don´t even start to read her short stories.
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Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2010 03:12 pm
Love James Thurber. University Days was hilarious soccer George. All he could see was his eye in the microscope. Also like the dog that bit people.

Strange, I just did Beware of the Dog by Raold Dahl on the radio thread.

Also liked To Build a Fire by Jack London.

A Piece of String by Guy de Maupassant was sad but excellent.

I think I must have read every one of Poe's short stories.

Some of my favorites include The Cask of Amontillado
The Masque of the Red Death
The Fall of the House of Usher
Hop Frog.

I could go on and on.
Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2010 06:31 pm
Letty, I'm embarrassed I didn't think of Poe. Embarrassed

The Tell Tale Heart
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Reply Sun 14 Nov, 2010 06:38 pm
Roberta wrote:
The last time I read it, I was maybe forty. I thought it was the saddest story I'd ever read. It actually made me cry.

And yet Kafka was barely able to get through his first public reading of the Metamorphosis, because he couldn't stop laughing. Keeping this in mind might impact your experience next time you read it (such was the case with me), but perhaps it won't at all.

But while things end badly for Gregor, it's his family that undergoes a truly meaningful metamorphosis, which many people forget. Or perhaps they don't buy it. But the last few pages really are quite sunny.

Great thread. I'll be back.
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