The Little Black Book Of Stories

The Little Black Book Of Stories A new collection of stories from A S Byatt is always a winner and this one takes an unexpected turn bringing shivers as well as delights Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood two middle aged women

  • Title: The Little Black Book Of Stories
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9780099429951
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • A new collection of stories from A S Byatt is always a winner, and this one takes an unexpected turn, bringing shivers as well as delights Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood two middle aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their fears and memories and the strange thing they saw in their childhood or thought they saw so lonA new collection of stories from A S Byatt is always a winner, and this one takes an unexpected turn, bringing shivers as well as delights Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood two middle aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their fears and memories and the strange thing they saw in their childhood or thought they saw so long ago A distinguished obstetrician and young woman artist find they have sharply contrasting ideas about body parts, birth and death an innocent member of an evening class harbours unexpected view on raw material The stories in this marvellous collection are by turns funny, spooky, sparkling and haunting The Little Black Book of Stories holds its secrets, adding a dark quality to Byatt s famous skill in mixing folk and fairy tale with everyday life.

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  • A.S. Byatt

    A.S Byatt Antonia Susan Byatt is internationally known for her novels and short stories Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999ATT, Dame Antonia Susan , Dame Antonia Duffy , DBE 1999 CBE 1990 FRSL 1983 Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France , 2003 , writer born 24 Aug 1936 Daughter of His Honour John Frederick Drabble, QC and late Kathleen Marie BloorByatt has famously been engaged in a long running feud with her novelist sister, Margaret Drabble, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.Married1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved 1969 one daughter one son deceased 2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy two daughters.EducationSheffield High School The Mount School, York Newnham College, Cambridge BA Hons Hon Fellow 1999 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA Somerville College, Oxford.Academic Honours Hon Fellow, London Inst 2000 Fellow UCL, 2004Hon DLitt Bradford, 1987 DUniv York, 1991 Durham, 1991 Nottingham, 1992 Liverpool, 1993 Portsmouth, 1994 London, 1995 Sheffield, 2000 Kent 2004 Hon LittD Cambridge, 1999PrizesThe PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize, 1986 for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize, 1990, for POSSESSIONIrish Times Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, 1990 for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize, 1991 for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte, Capri, 1995 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, California, 1998 for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE S EYEShakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, 2002 Publications The Shadow of the Sun, 1964 Degrees of Freedom, 1965 reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch, 1994 The Game, 1967 Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1970 reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1989 Iris Murdoch 1976The Virgin in the Garden, 1978 GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings , 1979 editor Still Life, 1985Sugar and Other Stories, 1987 George Eliot selected essays, 1989 editor Possession a romance, 1990Robert Browning s Dramatic Monologues, 1990 editor Passions of the Mind, essays , 1991 Angels and Insects novellae ,1992The Matisse Stories short stories ,1993 The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye five fairy stories, 1994Imagining Characters, 1995 joint editor New Writing 4, 1995 joint editor Babel Tower, 1996 New Writing 6, 1997 joint editor The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, 1998 editor Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories , 1998 The Biographer s Tale, 2000 On Histories and Stories essays , 2000 Portraits in Fiction, 2001 The Bird Hand Book, 2001 Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt A Whistling Woman, 2002Little

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  • Beguiling perplexity.This is what Byatt’s five tales provoke in the spellbound reader.But why are they black?Byatt’s writing brims over with multichromatic imagination, but among the seemingly disparate storylines there is a common theme that binds them together: the imminent presence of death, lurking ominously around every corner, changing shapes and costumes, appearing as a blind, slimy monster from the depths of a forest during WWII, a walking metamorphosis from flesh to stone or in the [...]


  • One of the reasons I adored this short story collection was Byatt's ability to describe things so well. Her descriptions of nature and colour were especially wonderful. I think it's safe to say I have never read any short stories quite like these, they were all unusual and came with twists. My favourite story was "Stone Woman" in which a woman finds herself turning to stone. As a geology-lover, her descriptions of the different rock formations and minerals resonated with me and I had to read tha [...]


  • Why black? Because black absorbs and radiates? Because the subjects are full of pain? Because the black book contains our connections? Because the dark is where we paint our fears and hopes?I am cursed with this line-seeking mind. I abandoned Ariadne. Why will this story not lie flat and hand me the thread? Literature, why do you merely intrigue me, draw me deeper, without ever solving the labyrinth?When I read Byatt I argue with my inexplicable sense that this is the only literature: be calm ch [...]


  • The Thing in the Forest ****Body Art ***** (lovely)A Stone Woman ***** (exquisite)Raw Material ***The Pink Ribbon ****ONCE UPON A TIME there was magic immersed in real life. Magic! And magic was palpable…just like in fairy tales and people believed in it. When exactly in the evolution of humanity did we lose the ability to believe in what we could not see? When did we forget that there are things which cannot be explained by science, that our world is not only populated by visible beings, but [...]


  • Hikayeler korku ögeleri taşısada ürkütmekten ziyade tuhaf hissettiriyor. Hepsini beğenerek okudum diyemem ama yazarın tarzı hoşuma gitti, diğer kitaplarını da okumak istiyorum.


  • Rather wonderful. Beautifully written, adult stories which mix a little fantasy with a deep understanding of the human condition. These are long short stories - some really novellas. Intelligent writing showing that the best reading experience is best when less is explained. I liked all the stories, but the last two - Raw Material and The Pink Ribbon were particularly fine.


  • From what others have said, Byatt has the sort of background where I know I'm missing quite a bit when I read anything she writes, not even catching a stray ripple. That first story, whuh? Even the other four, where I caught my breath or found myself with a sore back from unconsciously hunching as I became enrapt with the stories, I wonder what I'm missing. Still, those four, thumbs up. My take on them may be the obvious take, but they dance on my mind. Loss and parenthood, grief and geology (li [...]


  • Having heard good things about A.S. Byatt's mastery of the short story, I was anxious to read this book. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed. Byatt certainly knows how to begin a story. The first offering in this collection is "The Thing in the Forest" and it begins, simply and intriguingly, with this sentence: "There were once two little girls who saw, or believed they saw, a thing in the forest." Note the deliberate phrasing here with the word 'believed'. It is pivotal to the whole stor [...]


  • I love Byatt's ability to take a simple idea and create a lovely story with a strong theme.In "The Thing" she uses echoes of Hansel and Gretel with a modern twist. We are reminded that the wounds of our childhoods scar and shape us for the rest of our lives. Each person has to figure out how to cope with her Thing from the forest in order to survive. Setting this story in WWII is a stroke of genius. The children being evacuated from London during the war are vulnerable before they go into the fo [...]


  • Second time trying Byatt, looks like this time her stories fared marginally nicer, but stillmething about her writing just doesn't sing for me. I was able to appreciate it more now, see the beauty of it, but these modern fairy tales (with exception of the first one maybe) lacked the magic and fun and all those other fairy tale prerequisites that make them so delightful. Quick read, but unengaging and unmemorable. Probably an acquired taste sort of thing, judging by the author's popularity.


  • A good story makes me want to read the next one; a great one makes me close the book, almost involuntarily. I want to read the next one, but not yet, not yet. There were several such stories in this little volume of five short stories.Byatt, here, is inventive and unexpected. She brings characters rapidly to life and into their strange fates, and captures moments of vivid humanity. The stories are both dark and luminous. The least strong, in my opinion, is "Body Art," which seemed slightly contr [...]


  • Wow!Incredibly good stories.Each story was so different and each story felt like a novel.They were so complete and beautifully written.You can see A.S Byatt really loves words.lusite,ignimbrite,omphacite,uvarovite,glaucophane,schist,shale,gneiss,tuff.Sounds so cool!"A Stone Woman" really stands out to me as an exceptional short story.But all the stories are awesome in different ways.Another 5 star's.


  • Sono pochi i libri che ho voglia di rileggere interamente. Questo l'ho riletto. Penso sia una delle raccolte di racconti più attraenti che abbia letto negli ultimi tempi. Devo assolutamente recuperare tutto quello che ha scritto!


  • Il "sapiente intreccio di elementi fantastici e di realtà quotidiana, di paure ancestrali e spaventi domestici, di emozioni e di sogno" (quarta di copertina) proprio non mi ha preso, in nessuno dei cinque racconti di questa raccolta.


  • Feminist fairytales by a living master. She is to England what Ursula K. Le Guin is to the US, what Margaret Atwood is to Canada--but she might be my current favorite of the three because it is clear that the real, old, weird, hard tales of magic are in her blood. To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I wanted to eat it for all three meals of the day and sleep with it under my pillow. It's that good.


  • I first discovered A.S. Byatt's work a few years ago when I picked up this book, quite honestly because the cover was pretty. This little volume hooked me into her style right away, and I've devoured all of her other works since.Her short stories have a quality that is so unique - many of them are set in the real world that we know, but have that one element of fantasy, mystery, or horror that tips them over the edge and makes for fascinating writing. "A Stone Woman" is my favorite in this colle [...]


  • I love the way that she writes- it's restrained and beautiful. I also love the way she twists stories halfway through every time- like, maybe now there should be a monster! Or, now a young woman should show up in the old man's life and we'll see what happens. She establishes characters and setting so well, then changes them pretty boldly, in ways that honestly surprise me. And work. Ultimately though I feel like she does an "I'm an old lady and I don't believe in wrapping stories up neatly" thin [...]


  • This is the first of Byatt's work I have read and I must say I did rather enjoy these stories. Each one has a darkly Gothic feel combining tragedy and horror with a human element to stop the story becoming unfeeling and flat. My two particular favourites were The Thing in the Forest and A Stone Woman both of which combined strong women in somewhat unusual circumstances where they have to dig deep and find their own strength to face their demons. Definitely an author I will look out for in future [...]


  • I have enjoyed this collection of short stories more than any that I have read in quite a while. This is my first experience reading Byatt and I was very impressed. She is a beautiful writer. My favorite story was "Stone Woman." It was absolutely amazing. It may be my favorite short story of all time. That story is a must read for anyone who is a lover of nature. Her descriptions in that story are incredible and beautiful.


  • Five astonishing stories. I was utterly engrossed for a week in which I did little else than read them.I got this for ten pence from the local library sale. More evidence if it were needed that what is most valuable in life costs next to nothing.


  • This review originally ran in the San Jose Mercury News on May 2, 2004: Look at -- no, better yet, listen to the way this story begins: ''There were once two little girls who saw, or believed they saw, a thing in a forest.'' How can you not read that story? As that sentence delicately steps from naive to sinister, it evokes the shivery delights of campfire tales. Which is precisely what A.S. Byatt intends it to do. The first of the five stories in her slim but extraordinary new collection, ''Lit [...]


  • The Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt is a collection of short stories in which the characters and settings are slightly twisted. Tales of wonder and the bizarre that masquerade as reality for the rest of the world. There are five tales in all and range from the amazing to the tragic."The two little girls looked at each other, and took each other's hand. Speechlessly and instinctively they crouched down behind a fallen tree-trunk, and trembled, as the thing came into view" In The Thing [...]


  • Beautiful. Brutal. Macabre. I just loved this. The stories are all very different, but feel linked in that they are about women; women's relationships, women's bodies, the shape of women's lives. And the prose is just dazzling. She's so damned good. The Thing in the Forest is a horror story about two little girls sent to the country to escape the bombings during WWII who see something unspeakable. The story is about how differently they react, and how differently their lives turn out. It is genu [...]


  • Byatt no es una mujer fácil. Esto es , así que muchos -¿todos?- los que estamos aquí conocemos ese meme: “La mayoría de las personas no sabe cómo reaccionar cuando una frase no acaba del modo en que ella salchicha”. Así me he quedado yo con algunos de los relatos de este libro. Bien escritos hasta el punto de querer leerlos en V.O. y tanto como para agradecer su labor al traductor, inteligentes, ágiles y removedores. De los que se te pegan a las arterias, como el colesterol malo. Y s [...]


  • I've read several of Byatt's books - mostly because the covers tend to be irresistible. Until now, I've always found them to be good, but not amazing. This slim book of short stories is definitely my favorite of her work that I've read so far - perhaps I should go out of my way to find more of her short work!Although advertised as 'fairy tales' these works are more 'inspired by' fairy tales than actual fairy tales. Well. Kinda sorta. I would recommend this to people who enjoyed Angela Carter's ' [...]


  • I love the first story in this wee book, and like the others as well -- fans of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry or Byatt's own Possession will really enjoy the tingling dread of the first gorgeously mannered story, and the others are a good balance to the luxurious, building horror of the first story.I bought the hard copy, and the design of the jacket and the book as a whole is so beautiful. It captures the dark and unnerving spirit of the stories, which are slightly shifted from real [...]


  • This would be a 2.5, but I'll bump it up to 3 for writing quality alone. Not sure how I feel about this one. Honestly, the reviews on the back of the book blew it so out of proportion that I felt I should feel underwhelmed, so the fact that I am is all the more disappointing. Ms. Byatt certainly knows how to turn a phrase, but her stories never found the niche I desired. Were they intended to be creepy? Insightful? Mesmerizing? One cannot know. I think I hold short stories to a higher standard b [...]


  • Harva kirjailija on hyvä sekä pitkissä romaaneissa että lyhyissä novelleissa, mutta Byatt selvästikin on juuri sellainen kirjailija. Kokoelman kaikki kuusi novellia ovat tunnelmaltaan ja teemoiltaan hyvin erilaisia ja moniäänisiä. Upeimpina kohtina mieleen jäivät Kivinainen sekä rouva Foxin kertomukset Materiaalia-novellissa. Myös Kehotaidetta oli oikein hyvä, mutta Olio metsässä sekä erityisesti Pinkki nauha eivät oikein auenneet. Ehkä en ollut tarpeeksi skarppinaKokoelman ni [...]


  • Some of Byatt's best stories (this is the fourth collection I've read), and among the best short stories I've read in recent memory (most of which have been Byatt's). Each of these tales is dense with emotionally resonant characters, sharp prose, palpable aesthetics, and interesting, considered thematic connections running throughout. Many of them are fantasy tales. Perhaps the thing I like best about her work in general is how she shows time and again that a mature perspective can find a lot of [...]


  • I would have given it a solid four stars if I didn't already rank Byatt as one of my favorite contemporary writers, because this is most certainly a well-written and imaginative little collection of dark tales. However, I do think it lacks the thoughtful and poetic quality of much of her other work, so consider this a three and a half star review. Of the five stories, "A Stone Woman" and "The Thing in the Forest" were the most successful at displaying Byatt's talent for blending the magical with [...]


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