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The Resource Across the bridge, stories by Mavis Gallant

Across the bridge, stories by Mavis Gallant

Label
Across the bridge
Title
Across the bridge
Statement of responsibility
stories by Mavis Gallant
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The first four of the eleven stories in this book are connected, following the fortunes of the Carette family. In "1933" their widowed mother teaches Berthe and Marie to conceal the fact that she was a seamstress, and to say instead that she was "clever with her hands." In "The Chosen Husband" the luckless suitor, Louis, has to undergo the front-parlor scrutiny of Marie's mother and sister: "But then Louis began to cough and had to cover his mouth. He was in trouble with a caramel. The Carettes looked away, so that he could strangle unobserved. 'How dark it is, ' said Berthe, to let him think that he could not be seen." Almost all of the other stories take place in the Paris Mavis Gallant knows so well. "Across the Bridge," the title story, begins with the narrator's mother throwing her reluctant daughter's wedding invitations into the Seine. "I watched the envelopes fall in a slow shower and land on the dark water and float apart. Strangers leaned on the parapet and stared, too, but nobody spoke." A master of contemporary prose - elegant, concise, finely textured - Mavis Gallant never relaxes the tension between detachment and compassion, understanding and mystery, memory and truth. She constantly surprises the reader with her quicksilver perceptions of the moments when people's illusions are revealed and their lives change irrevocably as they form new, necessary illusions. With irony and an unfailing eye for the telling detail, she weaves stories of such intricate simplicity and spare complexity that critics have rightly compared her with Henry James and Anton Chekhov. Across the Bridge is a vintage collection by one of the best short-story writers in the world
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DLC
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Gallant, Mavis
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Paris (France)
Label
Across the bridge, stories by Mavis Gallant
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A state of affairs
  • Mlle. Dias de Corta
  • The Fenton child
  • 1933
  • The chosen husband
  • From cloud to cloud
  • Florida
  • Dédé
  • Kingdom come
  • Across the bridge
  • Forain
Control code
26722978
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 198 pages
Isbn
9780679422136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1591098
Label
Across the bridge, stories by Mavis Gallant
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A state of affairs
  • Mlle. Dias de Corta
  • The Fenton child
  • 1933
  • The chosen husband
  • From cloud to cloud
  • Florida
  • Dédé
  • Kingdom come
  • Across the bridge
  • Forain
Control code
26722978
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 198 pages
Isbn
9780679422136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1591098

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