By Margaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble's novels have illuminated the earlier fifty years, specifically the altering lives of girls, like no others. but her brief fiction has its personal distinctive brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of personality and position, her wide-ranging interest, her experience of irony—all are on exhibit right here, in tales that discover marriage, lady friendships, the English vacationer in a foreign country, amorous affairs with homes, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural television courses; in tales which are perceptive, sharp, and humorous. An creation through the Spanish educational José Fernández locations the tales within the context of her lifestyles and her novels. This assortment is an excellent recapitulation of a masterly occupation.
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