Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.The Hill Bachelors a remarkable collection of stories from the master storyteller William Trevor There is no better short story writer in the English speaking world The Wall Street JournalThe Hill Bachelors is a stunning meditation on men and women and the heartbreak of missed opportunities three peoLibrarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.The Hill Bachelors a remarkable collection of stories from the master storyteller William Trevor There is no better short story writer in the English speaking world The Wall Street JournalThe Hill Bachelors is a stunning meditation on men and women and the heartbreak of missed opportunities three people are frozen in a conspiracy of silence that prevents love s consummation a nine year old dreams that a movie part will heal her fragmented family life a brother and sister forge a new life amid the terrible beauty of Ireland after the Rebellion and in the title story, a young man chooses between his longtime love and a life of solitude on the family farm These twelve beautifully rendered tales reveal Trevor s unrivalled compassion for the human condition His tight, perfected short stories each an astonishing performance in which melodramatic situations are turned, by acute psychological insight, into classic drama make him the greatest living writer in English Weekly StandardReaders of The Story of Lucy Gault and Love and Summer will adore The Hill Bachelors It will also be cherished by readers of Colm Toibin and William Boyd.William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime s literary achievement In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature His books in Penguin are After Rain A Bit on the Side Bodily Secrets Cheating at Canasta The Children of Dynmouth The Collected Stories Volumes One and Two Death in Summer Felicia s Journey Fools of Fortune The Hill Bachelors Love and Summer The Mark 2 Wife Selected Stories The Story of Lucy Gault and Two Lives.
The Hill Bachelors Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here The Hill Bachelors a remarkable collection of stories from the master storyteller William Trevor There is no better short story wri
re-posting this because the great man has died. RIP William Trevor. It's sad to think there will be no more stories's a short essay I wrote about this book for a series on writing (for beginners) for a local newspaper:Because of space some feel stories should be relentless, single minded in their plots, marching irrevocably to resolution. However this can lead to stories being too dependent on plotting, twists in the tale and too glib a resolution. Stories like that can be well written, exciting [...]
Trevor is a superb craftsman. I feel like I am reading an old friend, a familiar voice. These stories, like all Trevor, speak truths. He makes me nod my head; makes me smile. Of these stories, in particular I would recommend The Death of a Professor, which tells the story of an obituary of an academic, placed in the papers by an anonymous practical joker. The reactions of friends, colleagues, a spouse and the 'deceased' are all priceless. Le Visiteur, likewise, will stay with me forever.
Every one of these short stories is nothing short of perfection. I've never been a great lover of this genre but William Trevor is a master. Every story is poignant and haunting and I find myself thinking about the people in them all the time. Each is a snapshot of people's lives and the thread is the way in which life can often trap us, sometimes because we choose a certain path, sometimes through a sense of duty, and sometimes due to circumstances outwith our control. For me, and I think I've [...]
Incredible shifts in focus from the perspective of one character to another. You begin a story with the unspoken reflections of one character, bound in some kind of intimacy with another. It's like the intimacy between the characters is not made explicit, never stated, but it's there in their silences. You read the words and the connection is made somewhere in the spaces between the words, and it moves me when I intuitively infer the truth of the relationships.
This is my first time reading William Trevor and it certainly won’t be my last. Trevor, born in Cork in 1928, wrote (to the best of my knowledge) 14 novels and was nominated for the Booker Prize 5 times. Aside from his novels, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest short story writers in contemporary English, and being Irish I thought it was about time I read his work!~~~~.~~~~.~~~~This collection of 12 stories quietly details the lives of men and women, without high drama or fireworks. [...]
More than one reviewer has called William Trevor the greatest writer of short fiction in the English-speaking world and I heartily agree. His simple, soft, un-dramatic prose belies a depth of feeling and intensity that few others can match. Trevor's world is confined to the two islands he has called home, the Britain of his choosing and the Ireland of his birth. The twelve stories here are set in country towns and London suburbs, Munster farms and Ulster villages. It is populated with aged widow [...]
This is a collection of short stories set either in the author's native Ireland, or else in England, his later home, with one set in France. He is regarded as a master of the short story, and it's true that each is a little masterpiece of prose, with a skillfully drawn set of characters, an intriguing scenario gradually revealed and a little twist at the end. Each one is a perfect vignette of lives at a moment in time. The stories themselves are often full of pathos, with enough subtleties and u [...]
William Trevor is in my top five favorite authors. The Hill Bachelors contains the short story "Of the Cloth" which tells the story about a country area in Ireland. The Catholic priest visits an elderly rector and they share their memories, feelings of failure and age. A very special, typical elegiac story with Trevor's sure, light touch."Of the Cloth" is also a penetrating tale of the impact a small act of kindness has over the years. Work like this reveals a perfectly crafted story as one of t [...]
THE HILL BACHELORS. (1997-2000). William Trevor. ****.A collection of short stories from Trevor is a cause for celebration. Although these twelve stories are kind of related in theme, each can well stand on its own. If you haven’t read any of Trevor’s short stories, you are in for a treat. You will probably be disappointed in the title story, since I thought it was one of the weakest in the collection. With the others, you will likely pause after each one and hesitate going on to the next on [...]
William Trevor's short stories are excellent - he captures character, hesitation, and doubt beautifully.
I made this book last, treasuring each story.
This man is a sensational short story author, perhaps one of times immortals.
Short stories steeped in the Irish psyche and landscape. I first encountered William Trevor a few months back in the break room at work, via his short story "The Women" in The New Yorker. Like that one, these stories are intense, focused, acutely observant, and often with some sort of secret or unspoken event at their core. Excellent examples of subtlety and keenness, though more often melancholy than happy.
Read somewhere that, in that critic's opinion, William Trevor and Alice Munro would be the short story writers most highly esteemed by future generations. I've read all of Alice Munro, a favorite, and had only read a couple of Trevor's stories. Now I'm catching up. Both writers are very good with shadings of character and quirky relationships. William Trevor seems a little darker than Alice Munro.
These are very "literary" poignant short stories set in England and Ireland. Deal with some heart-breaking scenarios. Pretty Heavy reading, to tell you the truth. I suspect I would have enjoyed it much more had I not used it as my lunch-time reading, which made for a very interrupted experience. Certainly not this fine author's fault, but mine. Need to stick to readin the newspaper during my very abbreviated lunch periods
This is the second William Trevor short story collection I read this year, the first being 'Angels at the Ritz,' and it's staying with me in a way the earlier did not. I'm still trying to understand the broader context of 'The Telephone Game,' while I'm still walking around the characters in 'The Virgin's Gift,' 'Three People' and 'The Hill Bachelors.' 'Death of a Professor' took two reads for me to understand the Roald Dahl trickery of the false obit.
La delicatezza è l'elemento caratterizzante di questi quattro racconti. Le trame prendono vita negli occhi del lettore merito di un'attenta descrizione degli ambienti , i personaggi sono ben definiti. "a whiter shade of pale" come sottofondo e l'umidità delle campagne irlandesi contribuiscono a una certa malinconia diffusa.
The 2nd of his collections that I've read, so I'm a bit used to his mastery of the short story, and a bit jaded by the depressing situations and characters. But, I think, still better than almost anything else.
This the first collection that I read this summer that made me reconsider my aversion to short stories (Interpreter of Maladies was the other).It definitely made me want to read more from William Trevor. Wonderful prose, rich characters.
An astounding collection of stories froma current master of the form. I was utterly blown away by the quiet majesty of these stories about dead ends, missed opportunities and in some cases pathways to grace.
These stories are well written but not all of them captured my interest. Some just plodded along. They also tended very much towards melancholy -- which while sort of an Irish thing is not where I want to be right now. Glad to be moving on to something new.
This book was a very slow read for me. Some of the stories, especially the first few, really didn't draw me in. Others were quite good and left me wanting more. So for me, this book is a toss-up. I probably wouldn't recommend it.
Cheating at Canasta was a better collection. His writing doesn't really do it for me. There's too much distance between the reader and the characters. With the exception of a few stories.I could leave or take Mr. Trevor.
Wonderful short stories! Pay attention because the author does not waste one word, in any story! Brilliant! Each story is unique, and transported me with the words and characters.
Not as consistently great as After Rain, but Of the Cloth, A Friend in Trade and the Hill Bachelors stand out for me. Heartbreak, melancholy, pensiveness, and frankness pervade his stories.
So carefully humane. Both male and female characters so convincing
Addictive short stories by one of the best! He leaves no human condition untold.
Mournful, yet somehow hopeful, perfectly crafted short stories.
Love him. Can't wait to read more!