Mavis Gallant’s “In Plain Sight”

2020-09-18T14:25:32-05:00

How can I explain how pleased I was to find Henri Grippes in one of the final stories in the Paris collection? It’s not as though we’re friends, but I’ve been wondering how he’s been keeping. And now, with just a few of Mavis Gallant’s stories left to read

Mavis Gallant’s “In Plain Sight”2020-09-18T14:25:32-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Overhead in a Balloon” (1984)

2019-06-11T15:16:00-05:00

We have to assume that Speck came first, with “Speck’s Idea” published in 1979. “Overhead in a Balloon” was published five years later (both stories in the pages of “The New Yorker”, where the majority of Mavis Gallant’s stories appeared before they were bound into collections). So we have

Mavis Gallant’s “Overhead in a Balloon” (1984)2019-06-11T15:16:00-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Señor Pinedo”

2017-03-26T13:02:21-05:00

Set in a Madrid pension, after the Spanish Civil War, "Señor Pinedo" has an ensemble cast. But, like many of the other tales in this colleciton, the story is told in the first person, from the perspective of a young woman who shares a wall with the Pinedo family. Imagining

Mavis Gallant’s “Señor Pinedo”2017-03-26T13:02:21-05:00

January 2015, In My Reading Log

2015-02-02T11:50:59-05:00

Ater a year of new-new-new, January has been filled with the familiar, the known. It's not been about making new-shiny-library-residing friends, but about becoming better acquainted with long-time residents of my own bookshelves, remembering what drew particular authors onto my MRE (MustReadEverything) list and particular books onto my shelves. Have

January 2015, In My Reading Log2015-02-02T11:50:59-05:00

Dutch Lit Weekend: A Belated Celebration

2014-07-11T16:20:26-05:00

So Iris' Dutch Lit month was in June, right? Many of you likely participated during June. Which, of course, was the point: a shared celebration of Dutch Lit. I was planning to do that too. And I did have my copy of Hella S. Haasse's The Tea Lords well ahead

Dutch Lit Weekend: A Belated Celebration2014-07-11T16:20:26-05:00
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