All Days and Nights
Book Summary of All Days and Nights
"William Maxwell's tales, long and short, have the elusive ability to reveal us to ourselves"
Erica Wagner, The Times
Spanning more than 50 years, the stories in this collection encompass the life's work of one of America's best-loved and most acclaimed writers.
In setting the range from small town Illinois to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, these stories are distinguished by Maxwell's inimitable wisdom and kindness, his sense of the small details that make up a life, the nuances of joy and sadness that change its direction. Whether describing the reunion of two brothers who will never agree, the furniture of the apartment that becomes everything to a childless couple, the search for the perfect French meal or the life of a ne'er-do-well uncle, Maxwell's stories capture responses that are recognisable in us all.
"However different their settings the sensibility remains constant. It is decorous, highly civilised and deeply thoughtful"
Anthony Quinn, Observer
"All of them share the effect of a brilliant view - as though a window were opened on a contained and vivid scene...There is a rare clarity and economy here - along with that wise measured humanity"
Penelope Lively, Spectator
Details of Book: All Days and Nights (BSID:8726)
|Book||All Days and Nights|
|Number of Pages||432|
|Dimensions||7.76 x 5.16 x 1.06 inches|
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Collected stories spanning more than 40 years by the former fiction editor of the New Yorker. Maxwell grew up in a small town in Illinois and returns there in many of his pieces. Much of his fiction is quasi memoir (perhaps more than quasi). According to the back cover, his primary aim was "a Fla...
PRE-READ:I bought this a couple of years ago because I had never heard of William Maxwell and because my mother's family are the Mad and Mighty Maxwells. These collected stories range over the period from 1939 to 1992, so it will be interesting to note any consistencies or changes in whatever are...
The first story in this collection, "Over the River" is a must-read. Much of the story takes place at night, which is fascinating, what happens in public spaces and domestic spheres while most of the world is sleeping. Maxwell seems to have no restrictions, no strict rules, about point of view, a...
I almost gave this four stars, based solely on the 21 fables at the end of the book. But then, by the end, I fell in love with the fables too. As for the other stories in the book, they are quintessential 20th century American fiction, my favorite period/cultural source of literature.
Stories where nothing much happens aren't very interesting.
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