March 2021 favorites

March 2021

The March stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Lorry Raja’ by Madhuri Vijay
  2. ‘The Child’s Return’ by Rabindraneth Tagore
  3. ‘The Log’ by Guy de Maupassant
  4. ‘Alyosha The Pot’ by Leo Tolstoy
  5. ‘A Horse And Two Goats’ by R.K. Narayan
  6. ‘The Fashion Plate’ by Rhys Davies
  7. ‘Oysters’ by Anton Chekhov
  8. ‘The Tryst’ by Ivan Turgenev
  9. ‘A Russian Beauty’ by Vladimir Nabokov
  10. ‘Extraordinary Little Cough’ by Dylan Thomas
  11. ‘Roman Spring’ by Leslie Norris
  12. ‘The Golden Pony’ by Glyn Jones
  13. ‘His Excellency’ by Indro Montanelli
  14. ‘Madame de Luzy’ by Anatole France
  15. ‘A Small Sacrifice For An Enormous Happiness’ by Jai Chakrabarti
  16. ‘The State Of Nature’ by Camille Bordas
  17. ‘The Gentle Libertine’ by Colette
  18. ‘Love Far From Home’ by Italo Calvino
  19. ‘Jewellery’ by Alberto Moravia

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3 thoughts on “March 2021 favorites

  1. The only two I could say with certainty that I’ve read (and reread) are Russian Beauty and Extraordinary Little Cough. I’m always dipping back into Nabokov and D.Thomas. There’s plenty else here to look at. Thanks!

    I always have a peek on SSMT. Keep up the good work!

      • I particularly like Who Do You Wish Was With Us? which seems to set around an afternoon quite similar to Extraordinary Little Cough – a boyish adventure out of the town and to the seaside. He writes such sad and beautiful little stories that really sing-a-long when read aloud. I was only familiar with Under Milk Wood until last year when I picked up Collected Short Stories and it has been a joy! Another that stands out is After The Fair, which is short and dreamlike. The short stories made an immediate impression on me and his poetry clearly chimes within his prose wonderfully.

        What you got lined up for April? (I should just wait and see, I guess!). I’ve got some A. Munro shorts – so far, so good.

        How about Frances Bellerby? She’s not so well known, but her (life) story is amazing and her poetry and prose is imbued with such an ethereal quality: she sets strange and strangely un/recognisable childhood scenes. Exquisite & ghostly. The Carol is perhaps my favourite ghost story ever. She does this simple and so amazing trick where the final sentence is separated by a double spacing and within that space it seems, to me, so much is revealed.

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