William Trevor has long been hailed as the master of the short story. His new collection, The Hill Bachelors, is an elegant, heartbreaking book about men and women and their missed opportunities. Here we meet three people in a small suburban house whose lives are frozen in a conspiracy of silence that precludes love's consummation: a nine-year-old who harbors a dream that a movie part will win her the greatest trophy of all--an end to her fragmented family life; a brother and sister who must forge a new life amid the terrible beauty of Ireland after the rebellion; and in the title story, a young man who must choose between a life with his longtime love and a life of solitude--wedded only to the family farm.
Much like his bestselling collection, After Rain, these twelve beautifully rendered tales once again prove Trevor's unrivaled sympathy for the human condition.
"There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world."--The Wall Street Journal
"With his exquisite control of language and unsparing vision, Trevor serves up the pain of ordinary life with such precision that it feels like a physical ache to comprehend it." --The Boston Sunday Globe
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And the marvelous title story depicts the passive resignation of a rural family’s youngest son, who renounces his chances for happiness, returning to serve his widowed mother’s needs, knowing that “the hills had waited for him, claiming one of their own.” Here and there the fabric shows signs of...| Read Full Review of The Hill Bachelors
With the recent death of V.S. Pritchett, Trevor is arguably the best short story writer working in the English language, and these stories are up to his own highest standards. Trevor simply knows so mOct 02 2000 | Read Full Review of The Hill Bachelors
The Hill Bachelors William Trevor 256pp, Viking £15.99 Buy it at BOL In his complete control of the short-story form, William Trevor follows in the tradition of Chekhov, but his material often swerves towards Dostoevskian lower depths: murder, paedophilia and terrorism, as well as ...Oct 28 2000 | Read Full Review of The Hill Bachelors
The author captures his mostly Irish characters as they pass from place to place, like the monk journeying to an abandoned childhood home in ''The Virgin's Gift.'' The rest of Trevor's people lead lives full of silence and sorrow, among them the girl who hopes her small part in a movie will ...Nov 03 2000 | Read Full Review of The Hill Bachelors
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There's an echoing sadness in missed opportunities, and William Trevor captures every nuance of it in The Hill Bachelors, his latest collection of short stories.Dec 15 2000 | Read Full Review of The Hill Bachelors
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