Search Results: "William Trevor"


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LOVE AND SUMMER by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2009

"An archetypal Irish love story and a perfect novel—sweet, desperate, sad, unforgettable."
The poignancy of life worn down at the elbows, Trevor's signature note, gently animates another masterpiece. 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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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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THE LOVE DEPARTMENT by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1967

"Nevertheless Mr. Trevor has wit, talent, and a claque."
...is run by the inimitable Lady Dolores Bourhardie who is a firm believer in the sacred matrimonial institution. Read full book review >

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FOOLS OF FORTUNE by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1983

"Like the story 'Matilda's England' in Lovers of Their Time: a masterly tracing of the shadow of violence through time, muted but never canceled out by love—in a restrained, elegant, austerely affecting family-tale."
Again, as in many of his recent short stories, Trevor devotes this immaculate new novel to the insidious legacy, the spreading stain, of random acts of violence—specifically those rooted in Ireland's "continuing battleground." Read full book review >

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THE HILL BACHELORS by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Here and there the fabric shows signs of wear, yet the workmanship remains as exquisite, as sure and strong, as ever."
A solid ninth collection of 12 varied, moving stories by the Anglo-Irish master (most recently, the novel Death in Summer, 1998). Read full book review >

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AFTER RAIN by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dependably brilliant work from one of Chekhov's most accomplished disciples."
A wonderfully affecting new collection of 12 stories by the Anglo-Irish master (Felicia's Journey, 1995, etc.), whose sympathetic portrayals of lonely, betrayed, and self-betraying people are unsurpassed by any of his contemporaries. 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 >

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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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MRS ECKDORF IN O'NEILLS HOTEL by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1969

"Not Trevor's best—there's just not enough leaven for the lunatic vision—but it's a full house of believable, likable rogues and rabble, with an unexpected joker."
Mr. Trevor beams in his morality tale this time through a corrosive, middle-aged female photographer among some three-penny urban misfits in Dublin. Mrs. Eckdorf, divorced twice and brash as a blue-jay, explodes into the seedy confines of O'Neill's Hotel, its occupants and satellites placidly revolving around the silent world of its ninety-two-year-old owner, the deaf-mute Mrs. Sinnott. Read full book review >

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NIGHTS AT THE ALEXANDRA by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"Trevor tales—but exquisitely detailed, perfectly modulated in its bittersweet tone, and quietly, leanly, expertly told."
A 15-year-old small-town lad in WW II Ireland expands his social horizons, and develops a romantic obsession—in this fine, characteristic Trevor story, one of the slightest (if purest) entries in the Harper Short Novel Series thus far. 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 >