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Rhapsody

Rhapsody

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Published by Parthian Books
Extremely controlled studies of constrained desire, loneliness, and incomplete relationships, these tales fostered Edwards' development of a nonrealist world of imagery and symbolism in her own language. The ten stories of Rhapsody, together with the three previously uncollected pieces added to this edition, are utterly distinctive in voice and sensibility. At least three of the Rhapsody stories—"A Country House," "Days," and the brilliant, enigmatic "A Garland of Earth"—are small masterpieces sure to by enjoyed by a whole new generation.
Extremely controlled studies of constrained desire, loneliness, and incomplete relationships, these tales fostered Edwards' development of a nonrealist world of imagery and symbolism in her own language. The ten stories of Rhapsody, together with the three previously uncollected pieces added to this edition, are utterly distinctive in voice and sensibility. At least three of the Rhapsody stories—"A Country House," "Days," and the brilliant, enigmatic "A Garland of Earth"—are small masterpieces sure to by enjoyed by a whole new generation.

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Publish date: Oct 1, 2007
Added to Scribd: Aug 21, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781908946447
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shanaqui_1 reviewed this
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"I am killing myself because I have never sincerely loved any human being all my life. I have accepted kindness and friendship, and even love, without gratitude and given nothing in return." -- The suicide note of Dorothy Edwards, and the thing that caught my eye.

I read 'The Conquered' for class, and then decided to read more of her work. This is one writer I don't think you can truly understand without understanding that that was lying behind all her work -- a coldness, a holding back, an inability to give of herself... Many, most, all? of the characters of these short stories are this way. The stories are very perfectly formed; they make me think of sculptures very carefully and deliberately carved in ice. I think they will haunt me. They require thought, and unpacking, and even several reads, before you understand them. And they are well worth it.

I didn't enjoy them, as I usually do, by connecting with the characters -- Dorothy Edwards' work didn't lend itself to that. It was the ice sculpture perfection that intrigued me; the ideas that will haunt me, not the characters.
startingover_1 reviewed this
There's a real sense of desolation in the stories - people having social conversations but never really talking to each other. The stories are charming but with a tough core of loneliness. The theme of music is threaded through all the stories. The introduction makes mention of her style sometimes slipping a bit close to the Daisy Ashford "Young Visiters" style, but personally I'm a sucker for the faux-naif (usually not so naive, since most writers are considerably older than Daisy Ashford, lol). Disturbing to know that Edwards committed suicide at the age of 31, though... [April 2003]
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