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Ons the dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it resulting in a book that co This collection of short stories contains the underlying themes of fear futility and the uncertainty of life As always Byatt's prose is beautiful to read but this collection leaves one with a sense of unease The Sea Lion Festival dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it resulting in a book that co This collection of short stories contains the underlying themes of fear futility and the uncertainty of life As always Byatt's prose is beautiful to read but this collection leaves one with a sense of unease

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Sugar and Other Stories

Mpels us to inhabit other lives and returns us to our own with new knowledge compassion and a sense of wonder This is one of those books that makes me wish it were possible to use half stars in rating it It's a very uneven collection certainly not a four star book but the best stories in it are good enough that three stars seems a bit paltry Byatt's command of language is as always excellent and I can only admire the way she seems to ignore all rules about story making and to write only to please herself and work out her own ideas about fiction The narrators of these stories are almost all intensely self conscious; sometimes this self consciousness works but in other stories it's tedious

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AS Byatt's short fictions collected in paperback for the first time explore the fragile ties between generati It is always a little sad to reach the point where there is no fiction to read by a favourite writer let's hope she still has to come This was Byatt's first collection of stories the last book she published before Possession and although it lacks the thematic unity of most of her later story collections it still contains some fine writing There are some recurring themes death two of the stories involve ghosts and how real life inspires the writing processThe first story Racine and the Tablecloth is a moving tale of a clever girl who is bullied at school and feels antagonised by her teacher Like some of the other stories here this one is a little elliptical For me the least convincing piece was The Dried Witch a rather macabre story set in a primitive village which is interesting because its style presages some of her later fairy storiesOn the Day that EM Forster Died is a story of a writer that must be at least partly autobiographical she has a number of disparate ideas for her next novel and while sitting in the British Library she sees that they would be powerful as part of a single larger work and feels that the shadow cast by Forster has been lifted those who have read the Frederica uartet The Virgin in the Garden Still Life Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman might recognise this description For me this uartet and Possession are Byatt's most complex and rewarding works The story then moves off on a tangent to a decidedly odd encounter with an old acuaintance who tries to involve her in a bizarre conspiracyThe penultimate story Precipice Uncurled is a curious story of a talented young painter falling in love with a friend of Robert Browning and his death in a fall from a mountain in the Apennines where he is trying to capture the light I suspect my ignorance led me to miss some of the resonances and context for this one but it is interesting because it was probably written when she was already thinking about PossessionThe final story Sugar gives the collection its title Sugar is about family history and the way stories are filtered and changed by the teller the narrator compares her parents' conflicting memories of her grandfather the owner of a boiled sweet factory and the stories of her aunts and unclesAs always with Byatt there are plenty of ideas here and this is a rewarding read but perhaps not the best starting point for someone new to her work