Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Honeymoon" By Katherine Mansfield

"Honeymoon" by Katherine Mansfield, (1922, 10 pages)

"Honeymoon" by Katherine Mansfield (1888 to 1923-New Zealand) appears to be the second from the last story Mansfield completed.     It included in the collection of her work, The Doves' Nest and Other Stories,  published by her husband, after her death, in 1923.   

"Honeymoon" is a wonderfully done story that in a few pages describes a few hours on the Mediterranean sea coast honeymoon of George and Fanny (it is interesting how names used in a work can sometimes date it).     In the delicate pages of this story we are projected a life time but only if we give ourselves over to the mastery of Mansfield.   I wondered as I read this how one partner's ability to see beauty where the other sees nothing will shape the future of the couple.   We sense their union is permanent.   

"Honeymoon" can be read online here

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Suko said...

Interesting sounding story. I wonder which partner perceives beauty? Thanks for another short story link.

Anonymous said...

A high fidelity work, I would advise to carefully follow the rhythm of the story before judging any plot thereof. KM was far from writing fiction