Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction and Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel and post Colonial Asian Fiction are some of my Literary Interests





Saturday, November 27, 2010

"A Bad Idea" by Katherine Mansfield

"A Bad Idea" by Katherine Mansfield (1923-5 pages)

"A  Bad Idea"   by Katherine Mansfield (1888 to 1923-New Zealand) is one of the 15 unfinished stories that Mansfield's husband,  John Middleton Murry, included in a collection of her work The Dove's Nest and other Stories that he published shortly after  her death in 1923.

"A Bad Idea" feels like a plotted story about 60 percent finished.    The story is told  through a male narrator who is concerned about the hard to understand health complaints of his wife.    I hate to say this but I think many married men have had such quandaries!      The story is, of course well written.   It seems to be leading up to something that will change the lives of the man and wife but we never find out what  that might be.    

I am keeping my posts on the unfinished stories to a minimal length.   

"A Bad Idea" can be read online at this link to a lot of her work

Two unfinished stories to go!

Mel u


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