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  • Author:
    Roger B. Goodman
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    0613033329
  • ISBN13:
    978-0613033329
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    Bt Bound (October 1999)
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This item:75 Short Masterpieces by Roger Goodman Mass Market . Around 1960, Roger Goodman brought together some of literature's finest authors and presented some of their most interesting pieces.

Only 18 left in stock (more on the way). Were Mr. Goodman still with us, I would have liked to ask him to point to the words in these 31 of the 75 stories in the book that made him conclude that they are "masterpieces": Kong at the Beach, The Three Veterans, The Hollow of the Three Hills, Fard, The Exact Science of Matrimony, The Butterfly, The Ghosts, Fear, The Test, Game.

75 short masterpieces. stories from the world's literature. Published 1961 by Bantam Books in New York.

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The seventy-five short masterpieces of fiction in this volume represent the finest .

The seventy-five short masterpieces of fiction in this volume represent the finest accomplishments in a difficult and special art form  . Each creates a microcosm in which the very compactness of the story gives it power and emotional impact much more dramatic than could have been achieved in a longer or more explicit work. Proof Positive by Graham Greene in spine-chilling, Leo Tolstoy’s The Three Hermits has a beauty which is moving and spiritual, John Collier’s The Chaser is shocking and hilarious. Selected from the literature of the world, and including writers from Boccaccio through Sylvia Townsend Warner, this volume is a classic anthology of great stories. Stay informed about books like 75 Short Masterpieces and more from Penguin Random House. More from Roger Goodman. 75 Short Masterpieces.

75 Short Short Stories. The familiar story of Narcissus, but from the pool's point of view. If I were to preach any doctrine to the world it would be love of change, or at least lack of fear of i. A Handful of Clay by Henry van Dyke. Stories to enjoy when you have five minutes to spare, grouped by category to suit your mood: Witty Stories, Introspective Stories, Morality Tales, Other-Worldly Stories, Feel-Good/Love Stories, Dramatic Stories, and Political Farce Stories. The Fable of the Preacher Who Flew His Kite.


Fearlessdweller
Good quality.
Miromice
I'm not a big fan of the great novel - I prefer the short stories, hands down. This book has many very good shorts and I'm pleased that I added it to my own library.
JoldGold
Good Reads for a plane trip
Steelrunner
I was not impressed with this book. I struggled with many of the stories... and I would not call them masterpieces.
SARAND
One of the best story collections ever! These are short-shorts, none more than three pages. They are all classics, from Tolstoy to Bradbury. fwiw, this is a great bathroom book.
Vijora
"Masterpiece"--"work done with extraordinary skill, esp. a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement" says a dictionary.

Were Mr. Goodman still with us, I would have liked to ask him to point to the words in these 31 of the 75 stories in the book that made him conclude that they are "masterpieces":
Kong at the Beach, The Three Veterans, The Hollow of the Three Hills, Fard, The Exact Science of Matrimony, The Butterfly, The Ghosts, Fear, The Test, Game of Billiards, The Upturned Face, A Wicked Boy, Houseparty, How Light Belief Bringeth Damage, I See You Never, Nefile's Story, Luck, The Wild Duck's Nest, A Toast to Captain Jerk, Germans at Meat, Born of Man and Woman, How the Devil Lost His Poncho, The Oval Portrait, Tom Varnish, The Foreigner, The Shepherd's Daughter, Reginald's Choir Treat, A Dangerous Guy Indeed, An Attempt at Reform, Over the Hill, Slipping Beauty, God.

Then there are the 9 in the "grim" group. I can appreciate the art in the suspense and/or surprise endings in most of them, but (and this is my bias) I don't want to feel crappy when I finish reading a story. Each of these made me feel sad and/or angry. Each of them feature bad things happening to good people. The theme of each of them could be "Life sucks." Perhaps Aristotle's theory of catharsis works for you i.e. a work of art can rid you of your negative emotions and you feel better. I've never felt better when a work pissed me off. See how you feel after reading these: The Pearl of Toledo, The Doctor's Heroism, The Beggar Woman of Locarno, The Riddle, Daughter, The Lottery Ticket, The Father, The Heavenly Christmas Tree, The Scoop

So that's 40 reasons not to buy the book. Do the 35 remaining stories outweigh those 40?

If you're looking for humor and you can find much in this book, you're a better man than I, Gunga Din. Or your sense of humor is much more broad than mine. In my opinion, there are 2, count them, 2 funny lines. From Señor Payroll: " . . . and Ayala, who had shamelessly become Smith." From The Kiss: " . . . her eyes turned from above and stared into his."

My favorites, stories that had clever premises, surprise endings, and left me feeling good are: Señor Payroll, The Bedchamber Mystery, The Wife, The Fiddler, Truth and Consequences, The Guardian Angel, He Swung and Missed, If Not Higher, Virtuoso

While not "feel good" stories, Moonlight Sonata and The Crime on Calle de la Persequida are noteworthy for their suspense and surprise endings.

I think Her Lover is the most poignant story in the book. It's not feel good in a happy sense, but it's inspiring how a woman finds a way to deal with her unhappiness.

Finally, the most intriguing story for me is The Jewels of M. Lantin. ". . . I can't really remake myself, can I?" the wife asks, apparently referring only to her fondness for jewels. But is it something else about herself that she can't change?

Does one like his favorite flavor of ice cream any less when he indulges in another flavor?

I suspect that those who answer this question differently will feel differently about the wife.

So that's 13 noteworthy stories out of 75. Along with the remaining 22 so-so stories.

3 stars is about right.
Realistic
Around 1960, Roger Goodman brought together some of literature's finest authors and presented some of their most interesting pieces. They may have not been their signature works, but they were interesting enough to be included. If you're looking for time to read, but can only read small amounts in a period of time, these novel are at an average under five pages long. Chances are that you'll be able to select your favorites fairly easily. Here are some of mine...

"The Lottery Ticket" by Ventura Garcia Calderon, which features a man discriminated by his own country and his response to winning a contest that is oh so valuable to the citizens of his homeland.

"A Wicked Boy" by Anton Chekhov, which has to do with a nosy little boy who likes to eavesdrop on his sister and her boyfriend, and shows a less common work in Chekhov's successful lineup of short stories.

"The Chaser" by John Collier, the highly intriguing short story about a man selling a love potion in order to garner the attention of his wife.

"The Boy Who Drew Cats" by Lafcadio Hearn, a story about how everyone is useful, regardless how ridiculous their use is.

"Charles" by Shirley Jackson, an excellent, witty story about a kindergartner who tells his mother stories about things that happened at school and how a boy named Charles is causing all of these problems.

"The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe, a less common work of Poe's that has to do with a man's love for a picture of his wife over the very woman herself.

There are several works of world literature in this novel that are incredible. You'll surely have your favorites.
I had bought and read some of this book years ago but work and college got in the way of reading it completely. That accomplished, it really is a treasure trove of tight tales. The short story is perhaps under-rated for it's impact. In this collection, The Heavenly Christmas Tree stands apart and will grip you instantly and your eyes will be "leaking" before you finish it--a tragic story of a freezing homeless child in a frigid and uncharitable Russian winter. Both times I read it I was feeling the same strong emotions. Some stories left me puzzled but most were good to very good.