Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Ten Great Short Stories...

...as listed by William Boyd in the Guardian:

"Spring at Fialta" by Vladimir Nabokov
"My Dream of Flying to Wake Island" by JG Ballard
"Funes, the Memorious" by JL Borges
"Prelude" by Katherine Mansfield
"The Dead" by James Joyce
"Mrs Bathhurst" by Rudyard Kipling
"Day of the Dying Rabbit" by John Updike
"In the Ravine" by Anton Chekhov
"Bang-Bang You're Dead" by Muriel Spark
"Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway

Should he have included others in the place of any of the above?

Check out the article. Boyd discusses the appeal of reading and writing short fiction, and describes his proposed seven subcategories of the short story.


litmaven said...

Boyd's "Any Human Heart" made my top ten books for 2003 and I'm looking forward to the upcoming publication of his new short story collection. I am a bit surprised by his choice of Chekhov's "In the Ravine." A "greater" choice would be "The Lady with the Dog," although much of Chekhov qualifies as great.

Canowine said...

And notice there's no Faulkner (That Evening Sun), and no Flannery O'Connor. It's a brave thing, to choose and proclaim your ten best. The hardest part would be eliminating those last few to whittle down to ten.