Search Results: "William Trevor"


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THE CHILDREN OF DYNMOUTH by William Trevor
Released: March 1, 1977

"Another illumination from an author only recently recognized here."
In his "unspoilt" English coastal village Trevor has planted the most insidious of bad seeds—an adolescent of a curious, arrested innocence who focuses the ache of the castaway child he was into a terrible revenge. Read full book review >

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Released: March 17, 1984

"Some fine raw material—seemingly thrown together."
An attractively illustrated coffee-table doodad, billed by novelist Trevor as "a writer's journey, a tour of places which other writers have felt affection for also, or have known excitement or alarm in"—but mostly a string of excerpts from Irish literature, from the Tain to the present, having vaguely to do with the landscape. Read full book review >

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A BIT ON THE SIDE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"There's nothing mechanical about the simple humility and compassion that make the best of Trevor's stories so moving."
Tenth collection from the Irish-born Trevor, a dozen wise and beautifully crafted pieces from a master. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF LUCY GAULT by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Trevor's thirthieth—and one of his best. Though faintly mannered and stiff in the telling, it's a beautiful story of history, grief, and forgiveness."
A moving tale of history gone wrong and tragedy redeemed, by renowned Irish novelist Trevor (The Hill Bachelors, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOVERS OF THEIR TIME AND OTHER STORIES by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 1979

"These and other memorable portraits of good people tainted by hard times: the art of William Trevor, in an exemplary collection."
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ELIZABETH ALONE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1974

"And as a story — it's irresistible."
"Men and women do tend to hurt each other" — but in Trevor's convocations of the unprepossessing, no one is really devastated — only gently deflected from dignity or coherence. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 1967

"Except for the moments when a surfeit of horror pops a seam (very few), these are masterworks all."
A dazzling display of the superb craft of this British writer, who miraculously catches the flint of irony, the shaft of horror, concealed in the doings of a variety of seedy beings, unaware in their inner isolation, of the terrors without. Mr. Trevor's subjects are, in general, middle-aged to elderly (the one exception, a beleaguered child, appears in the least successful story, all about the miserable child-victim's horrible revenge). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"An especially worthy reprinting."
In these days of $15.95 murder-mysteries and $7.95 paperback-romances, special note should be taken of this welcome bargain-omnibus: virtually all of Trevor's often-matchless stories, nearly 800 pages of them—containing the entire contents of the previously published The Day We Got Drunk on Cake, The Ballroom of Romance, Angels at the Ritz, Lovers of Their Time, and Beyond the Pale. Read full book review >

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THE BALLROOM OF ROMANCE by William Trevor
Released: Oct. 19, 1972

"Perhaps the regional flavor of Trevor's work has delayed his full recognition here — but possibly the Mary Lavin audience, for example, will join him."
An exemplary collection of short stories which matches Trevor's last (The Day We All Got Drunk on Cake, 1968) in the efficient delicacy with which he pinpricks moments of resignation in unprepossessing lives. Read full book review >

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FELICIA'S JOURNEY by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Trevor's combination of the pathological and the lyrical transcends mere genre fiction: He's a master still exploring the possibilities of his craft."
The Irish-born novelist and short-story writer (Two Lives, 1991, etc.) takes a surprising turn for the mysterious in this chilling portrait of a serial killer. Read full book review >

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Released: June 3, 1976

"Even Trevor's least imaginative pieces are neatly joined; he offers biting insights as well as the sad echo of the nightingale which once sang in Berkeley Square."
Here as in Trevor's other story collections, one spark of reality can shrivel the cocoons of quiet lives. Read full book review >

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THE NEWS FROM IRELAND by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1986

"As always, Trevor, the consummate storyteller, writes with skill and compassion as he scrupulously weighs the press and passions of time and event on restless lives straining after illusions—or held by the potency of an evil never fully understood."
Another Trevor collection of short stories is always good news, and here in these 12 tales (many previously published in The New Yorker), the author again attends to the usually sad, small defeats of victims caught in the consequences of distant searing events, betrayed by their own wrong turns or, worse, simple inadequacy. Read full book review >