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He is excellent. I haven't read this but a few of his other short books and some stories and they are always so, so good.
I actually bought his collected stories not too long ago. You put me in the mood to read him again.


I think that there are a lot of similarities between William Trevor and Elizabeth Taylor as they are both very quiet, unfussy writers. But Trevor is also very Irish in the way he writes and I see a lot of similarities to Clare Keegan and Mary Costello too.
Your review makes me want to read the book all over again!


Lovely review Danielle of a lovely story. One of the books 'to keep and reread' on my shelf.


Sounds like a lovely story. And it sounds like small towns around the world have their similarities. Also, hooray for books at the right moment!


I read Felicity's Journey a really long time ago and of course now remember nothing of the story but I knew I liked him. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get back to him. I bought this in hardcover when it first came out, but it was worth the wait. I don't think I have any of his story collections curiously since I like short stories so much. I will have to look for them now, too!


Yes, they are quite similar and I think I like them both very much for that exact reason you mention. They both are such great storytellers, but their writing is so sophisticated yet so pared down. He is definitely an author worthy of many reads. And now I should pick up Mary Costello's story collection, which I Had to have--I have one of her novels and the story collection you mentioned. Now if I could just have the extra time in which to read them....


Thanks, Cath. I knew you mentioned you read and liked this book and I can see why. He's such a lovely soryteller. I'll be keeping my copy as well. I can easily see his books as being worthy of rereads!


I always hate it when I buy a book in hardcover and then don't get to it until years and years later--likely the paperback has come out and in some cases, then the book has even gone out of print. Sheesh. But I think William Trevor is someone who easily stands the test of time. I am not sure if I have read an Irish author whose work I didn't like! And small towns are so interesting--you'd think they would be boring, but not at all (and I still need to write about Peyton Place!).


I STILL can't find the Ta!ylor stories but my latest attempt to find it has turned up both William Trevor's Collected Short Stories and Walk the Blue Fields so guess where my reading journey will be taking me now?
Do try and make time for Mary Costello - she really is worth it!


Hah. Sometimes I want to find a book I know I own that I have been thinking about, but then I try and talk myself out of going to look as I KNOW that I will end up dragging a whole different pile of books back upstairs to my bedroom. There is this constant flow of books back and forth. It is crazy really. Now you are going to make me grab the Costello, which happily IS in my bedroom and close at hand. Who says I can't read TWO short stories this weekend? I think I am now past the halfway mark of the Taylor collection. And curiously I don't own any of Trevor's story collections--only a few of his novels. Must rectify that.... Not sure what I did with my copy of Blue Fields, but then, if I pick up the Costello, I can put off looking for the other book!

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