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Gathering forty important short stories in a portable and economical format, the second edition includes even more of the fiction instructors want to teach and more of the help student readers need.


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Gathering forty important short stories in a portable and economical format, the second edition includes even more of the fiction instructors want to teach and more of the help student readers need.

30 review for 40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manik Sukoco

    Wonderful book! A solid collection of short stories, representing a wide range of short stories, a very clear awareness of cultural diversity. The selection of short stories might be good enough but the literary terms at the end of the book is too elementary, not to mention faulty . There isn't any question or exercise at the end of each story to dig deeper. There is also no details about the writer included in each story. If you want to read it just for fun then the book is fine. But I don't re Wonderful book! A solid collection of short stories, representing a wide range of short stories, a very clear awareness of cultural diversity. The selection of short stories might be good enough but the literary terms at the end of the book is too elementary, not to mention faulty . There isn't any question or exercise at the end of each story to dig deeper. There is also no details about the writer included in each story. If you want to read it just for fun then the book is fine. But I don't recommend it for a literature class or writing class text book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Staci Miller

    This anthology is a very nice balance of canon and not quite canon, male and female authors, and a very clear awareness of cultural diversity. Of course, an anthology is only as good as the person teaching it however, and I was disappointed in the Genre: Short Story class I took and the professor's insistence on supplementing the anthology with outside works and ignoring many of the less expected works which I was happy to see in this anthology. This anthology is a very nice balance of canon and not quite canon, male and female authors, and a very clear awareness of cultural diversity. Of course, an anthology is only as good as the person teaching it however, and I was disappointed in the Genre: Short Story class I took and the professor's insistence on supplementing the anthology with outside works and ignoring many of the less expected works which I was happy to see in this anthology.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I forgot how gratifying short stories can be!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason Orendorff

    If you are looking for perfect stories in the style of O. Henry—incredibly finely crafted, clever, with the snap of a brilliant plot reveal, like biting into a hot sausage—look elsewhere. There is a classic Poe story in this volume, and a few others suggestive of that style. But most of the stories here are gut punches of reality. They are stories of the lives of black people, women, the poor, the aged, the troubled, the powerless. Some are hard to take. A few mini-reviews: - “The Jilting of Grann If you are looking for perfect stories in the style of O. Henry—incredibly finely crafted, clever, with the snap of a brilliant plot reveal, like biting into a hot sausage—look elsewhere. There is a classic Poe story in this volume, and a few others suggestive of that style. But most of the stories here are gut punches of reality. They are stories of the lives of black people, women, the poor, the aged, the troubled, the powerless. Some are hard to take. A few mini-reviews: - “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Ann Porter. Portrays dementia from the inside. It is devastating. - “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin. A man's brother goes to prison, then comes home, then tries to make himself understood. I read this in two sittings. After reading the first, painful part, I figured I knew what kind of story it was—a story about anguish and doom—and couldn't take the rest, and set it aside. I was wrong. It is one of the best things I’ve ever read, full of charm, on its way to someplace beautiful. - “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro. There is a girl. A man drifts into town. Easy, sweet, wonderful. Slightly Southern, in a way that rings true—this is rare. - "Woman From America" by Bessie Head. Extremely short and admiring of some aspects of the American spirit in a dreamy old sort of way. I of course love this. Many others are about as good as these. Some, it’s hard to express what’s good about them. Some, I don’t know what’s good about them. It’s a good collection. A bit of a hodge-podge. I think wasn’t meant to be read it from cover to cover like I did, but it is a rewarding journey.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I haven't spent a lot of time with short stories in the last 40 years or so, but this college textbook collection offers a nifty batch of famous and not famous ones with which to catch up. Authors include Margaret Atwood, Nathaniel Hawhtorne, Alice Walker, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cynthia Ozick, Willa Cather, and Joyce Carol Oates, to name a few. The devil appears, people turn into insects, a little boy picks winners of horse races by rocking on his toy horse, a town draws lots t I haven't spent a lot of time with short stories in the last 40 years or so, but this college textbook collection offers a nifty batch of famous and not famous ones with which to catch up. Authors include Margaret Atwood, Nathaniel Hawhtorne, Alice Walker, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cynthia Ozick, Willa Cather, and Joyce Carol Oates, to name a few. The devil appears, people turn into insects, a little boy picks winners of horse races by rocking on his toy horse, a town draws lots to decide who will be stoned to death each year, a Chinese man learns about homosexuality, and a group of African-American youths are forced to fight amongst themselves for the entertainment of whites. At least seven out of forty stories end with the sudden death of the protagonist from whose point of view the story is told. I didn't universally love every story here, but none were dull, and I enjoyed the opportunity to read a wide variety of styles and viewpoints in one book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    A very good read. Each one thought provoking.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul Colver

    A top of the line short story anthology. Stories from distant past to near present.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    An excellent collection of some classic short stories. I enjoyed them all!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    hard to pick, but my top 5: The Lady with the Dog - Anton Chekhov Hills Like White Elephants - Ernest Hemingway Sonny’s Blues - James Baldwin Cathedral - Raymond Carver The Lesson - Toni Cade Bambara

  10. 5 out of 5

    j.e.rodriguez

    "'Ghost,' she said sharply, 'who you be the ghost of? For I have heard of nary death close by.'" "'Ghost,' she said sharply, 'who you be the ghost of? For I have heard of nary death close by.'"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenée Duran

    Read this for a class in college and kept it because I really enjoyed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Belle

    There were some good stories in here that I’d like to look up and read the full version of it. That being said, I absolutely hated the class I took that I needed this book for.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky Everhart

    I don't really remember where I got this book (most likely at school somewhere or a yard sale), but I've had it a few years. Since then the stories hae become good friends. I read some stories over and over, but I will admit there are a few I have yet to take on. It's like the long and lovely process of getting to know someone. Out of the stories, I would highly recommend "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, "Bartelby, the I don't really remember where I got this book (most likely at school somewhere or a yard sale), but I've had it a few years. Since then the stories hae become good friends. I read some stories over and over, but I will admit there are a few I have yet to take on. It's like the long and lovely process of getting to know someone. Out of the stories, I would highly recommend "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, "Bartelby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, and "Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood. This is a diverse selection made up of some of my all-time favorites. Also, they are quite useful reads, since many high school and college courses will at least mention them at some point, if not for sheer literary merit and style, for the ways they can be utilized in a classroom setting. I am unsure if the collection is widely available, although it has several editions, but if you find it is not within your reach, I would suggest getting the table of contents, because I believe there is a little something for everyone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anh Thuy

    This collection is certainly not as good as "The sincerest form - writing fiction by imitation" by Nicholas Delbanco. The selection of short stories might be good enough but the literary terms at the end of the book is too elementary, not to mention faulty . There isn't any question or exercise at the end of each story to dig deeper. There is also no details about the writer included in each story. If you want to read it just for fun then the book is fine. But using it for a literature class or w This collection is certainly not as good as "The sincerest form - writing fiction by imitation" by Nicholas Delbanco. The selection of short stories might be good enough but the literary terms at the end of the book is too elementary, not to mention faulty . There isn't any question or exercise at the end of each story to dig deeper. There is also no details about the writer included in each story. If you want to read it just for fun then the book is fine. But using it for a literature class or writing class text book is a bad idea.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie McClure

    Some of the best short stories ever composed are compiled in this gem of a book. My all time favorite "Yong Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a must read. Also included: "Bartleby, the Scivener" by Herman Melville, "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck, "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oats, the list goes on. Some of the best short stories ever composed are compiled in this gem of a book. My all time favorite "Yong Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a must read. Also included: "Bartleby, the Scivener" by Herman Melville, "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck, "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oats, the list goes on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krizia

    I loved most of the short stories. I read this a couple semesters ago at my college and we didn't get to go through all of the stories. I rented the book as soon as the class began, so I wasn't able to keep it when the class was over. My favorite stories were "Where are You Going, Where Have you Been" and "A & P." I loved most of the short stories. I read this a couple semesters ago at my college and we didn't get to go through all of the stories. I rented the book as soon as the class began, so I wasn't able to keep it when the class was over. My favorite stories were "Where are You Going, Where Have you Been" and "A & P."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    I love how portable it is. I used it for my Intro to Lit. class and will use it again because it has all the stories in common anthologies without the huge anthology. However, I'd like a little more information about each text and also discussion questions etc. It's great for what you get, just wish it had more. I love how portable it is. I used it for my Intro to Lit. class and will use it again because it has all the stories in common anthologies without the huge anthology. However, I'd like a little more information about each text and also discussion questions etc. It's great for what you get, just wish it had more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sean Blevins

    Good resource for teachers looking for short stories to use in class. A good introduction to the format as well. Nice historical coverage and a diverse assembly of authors. Great collection. As a teacher, I wish it included analysis questions like Bedford St. Martin's outstanding 50 Essays Portable Anthology, but you can't have everything... Good resource for teachers looking for short stories to use in class. A good introduction to the format as well. Nice historical coverage and a diverse assembly of authors. Great collection. As a teacher, I wish it included analysis questions like Bedford St. Martin's outstanding 50 Essays Portable Anthology, but you can't have everything...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    American Short Stories from some of the finest authors our country has to offer. Short stories are a great accompaniment to the stack of books on your nightstand; quick to read, but the messages permeate.

  20. 4 out of 5

    loverofbooks

    Lots of good short stories in here! Favorites were: Yellow Wallpaper by Gillman, Hills like White Elephants by Hemingway, and Battle Royal by Ellison. This was my textbook for my short story/novel class. Now to move on to the novel part of the class.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Intro to Fiction Writing textbook--a good, basic collection

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    A good, standard short fiction anthology.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aletha

    Tons of great stories! Many I have read, many I really should've read. Tons of great stories! Many I have read, many I really should've read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine Taylor

    One of my favorite short story collections. It's pretty bare bones, but the stories chosen by the editor are wonderful. One of my favorite short story collections. It's pretty bare bones, but the stories chosen by the editor are wonderful.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linden A.

    Read in August/September 2009

  26. 4 out of 5

    Armani clare

    Had to read pretty much all of these stories in the last 2 semesters in school -___- Some were pretty good. But this wasn't a "fun" read. Lol. Had to read pretty much all of these stories in the last 2 semesters in school -___- Some were pretty good. But this wasn't a "fun" read. Lol.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    5 stars because it is what it is: a collection of short stories, most of which are well known.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Elizabeth

    Each stories are excellent and enrapturing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Nice to read some old favorites, but I couldn't get into most of them. Nice to read some old favorites, but I couldn't get into most of them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol Westcamp

    A solid collection of short stories, representing a wide range of short stories.

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