Laura (laura0218) wrote,

It's Tuesday: The Garden Party and Other Stories

TEASER TUESDAYS, hosted by MizB at Should be Reading asks you to:
  • Grab your current read and let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page
  • Share the title of the book the “teaser” comes from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!
My two sentences:
And as he walked, taking his time, he kept up a very soft light whistling, an airy, far-away fluting that sounded mournful and tender. The old dog cut an ancient caper or two and then drew up sharp, ashamed of his levity, and walked a few dignified paces by his master's side.
page 213,"At the Bay," The Garden Party and Other Stories, by Katherine Mansfield


I've been reading The Garden Party and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction by New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield.  Most of the stories have taken me to England and New Zealand at the turn of the twentieth century.  "At the Bay" is a story of a family on summer holiday; the passage about the man and his dog is part of a 2-1/2 page stage-setting at the very beginning.  Mansfield paints an evocative picture of the bay and surrounding landscape, including a shepherd with his dog and sheep, and then focuses in on the family's bungalow and little details like the birds singing in the early morning, and the family cat who presides over all.  Each of these stories is similarly descriptive, with incredible attention to detail.  I've enjoyed this collection very much.
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