• Title: The Closed Door and Other Stories
  • Author: Dorothy Whipple
  • ISBN: 9781903155646
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Closed Door and Other Stories The ten short stories in The Closed Door and Other Stories are a selection from the three volumes of stories that Dorothy Whipple published in her lifetime On Approval in After Tea and Other Sto
    The ten short stories in The Closed Door and Other Stories are a selection from the three volumes of stories that Dorothy Whipple published in her lifetime On Approval in 1935, After Tea and Other Stories in 1941 and Wednesday and Other Stories in 1961 Dorothy Whipple s key theme is Live and Let Live And what she describes throughout her short stories are peopThe ten short stories in The Closed Door and Other Stories are a selection from the three volumes of stories that Dorothy Whipple published in her lifetime On Approval in 1935, After Tea and Other Stories in 1941 and Wednesday and Other Stories in 1961 Dorothy Whipple s key theme is Live and Let Live And what she describes throughout her short stories are people, and particularly parents, who defy this maxim For this reason her work is timeless, like all great writing It is irrelevant that Dorothy Whipple s novels were set in an era when middle class women expected to have a maid when fish knives were used for eating fish when children did what they were told The moral universe she creates has not changed there are bullies in every part of society people try their best but often fail they would like to be unselfish but sometimes are greedy.

    One Reply to “The Closed Door and Other Stories”

    1. This is a wonderful book. It is in the style of its time - careful, measured, thoughtful and effective. The short stories centre on relationships, most of which involve a person experiencing considerable pain. But there's wit there too and something life-enhancing in the sense of the author -- the person who comes through. She must have been wise, but also humorous. She likes peopleIf you come across anyone who tells you how things used to be in the good old days, when nobody got divorced and ev [...]

    2. Short stories are a funny genre – they seem to either loved or loathed – I sort of fall somewhere in between. I generally find modern short stories a disappointment – that is probably a bit of a generalisation I am sure there would be some I enjoy – however I do tend to steer clear of them. So many short stories written today seem to be a bit too clever by half, and suffering a bit of style over substance, the endings so often, leave me at least, with a vague feeling of dissatisfaction. [...]

    3. I came across Dorothy Whipple after reading 'High Wages' [which comes highly recommended]. This led me to read all her back catalogue of titles published by Persephone Books. Dorothy's books are cosy and snug, a bit like wearing a pair of winceyette pyjamas clutching a hot water bottle! You really know what your getting with a 'Dorothy Whipple'! This is the first time I have read any of her short stories. Again, they include many of the themes found in her novels [middle class boredom, lonelines [...]

    4. This book has what my other favourite Persephone books has -- the weak, the over-shadowed, the dull, the plain and worn out getting justified revenge or their happy-ending, over-coming selfishness, material circumstance and ill-will with dignity and quiet perseverance. They're mordern fairy-tales, or were when they were written, and if they are unlikely they are heartening, witty and satisfying. And then the last four, the author suddenly sticks the knife in and you discover that she has deadly [...]

    5. “Family Crisis” was probably my favorite story in this collection. The stories were little melodramas for the most part, but, as always, Whipple knows how to keep you turning the pages. Many were Cinderella stories about downtrodden young women forced to take on the burdens of housekeeping in the parental home instead of being allowed to get an education or go out to work. Many of the mothers are tyrants, although in “Family Crisis” it’s the father who’s tyrannical and the mother who [...]

    6. I did enjoy these stories but not as much as I had expected. I found that the first one (which is very long) rather dragged, and then the same theme of daughters trying to escape from tyrannical parents seemed to repeat over and over again. They were not all the same by any means - there were also some stories about infidelity and those seemed much more original to me. I liked the gentle prose and some of the stories had great twists. If I was rating individual stories then there would be a few [...]

    7. I listened to one of the stories from this book (summer holiday) on radio 4 and now I must get hold of the book and read the rest.Afternoon Reading - The Closed Door - 5. Summer HolidaySeries of stories by Dorothy Whipple, an often neglected writer of the interwar years who was described by JB Priestley as 'the Jane Austen of her age'.A child's innocent remark has devastating consequences for a favourite nursemaid.Read by Patience Tomlinson. Broadcast on:BBC Radio 4, 7:45pm Sunday 28th June 2009 [...]

    8. I allowed myself one or two a week so as to hang around in Whipple world longer. Her witty moral indignation and her sense of the weight of daily things light up these stories. It's wonderful to watch her wave her fairy godmother's wand over a frustrated, disappointed life, whether she is coming to the rescue or burning a tragedy into the reader's memory.

    9. Highly recommended. Loved the stories. Sometimes I was sad a story ended as I wanted to know more, though

    10. Dorothy Whipple turns her sharp eye on poor parenting, amongst other things, and doesn't hold back.

    11. Investigating the everydayness of life in all its beauty and unseemliness, Dorothy Whipple creates a tour de force in her short stories. THE CLOSED DOOR AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of 10 short stories, collected and republished by Persephone Books. In each of the stories, the author confronts the realities of life in the first half of the twentieth century. There is sadness and beauty in each of the stories. There are infidelities between spouses, misunderstandings, romances squashed or sq [...]

    12. I was recently introduced to Dorothy Whipple's work by a bookseller at Persephone Books. Whipple's work is quiet but hard hitting. She explores relationships, parent and child, husbands and wives, withing the setting of pre and post WWII. All the social constraints and gender roles of the period are on display yet the situations remain timeless ; how people use one another, guilt and the longing for self-expression. Lest this make the stories sound depressing there are wonderful elements of sly [...]

    13. I love reading Dorothy Whipple, I love her plain yet distinctive authorial voice. When I reached the story that may have been my favorite in this book, “Summer Holiday,” I had to start it over again to figure out what felt so disarming, then realized that was because it was in the first person (in fact, mostly first-person plural), unlike everything else I’ve read by her. Several of these tales read like sketches for mini-novels, broadly drawn tales on familiar Whipple themes, but I didn [...]

    14. There are few authors that I can say never disappoint me, that every work I read by them is as good or better than the last. Dorothy Whipple is one of those treasured authors. I just finished this short story collection and it was brilliant. If you've never read her before, this would be a fine introduction and if you have read her novels, you will feel right at home.The entire collection is phenomenal but standouts include; "The Closed Door", "The Handbag" and my favorite was "Family Crisis" wh [...]

    15. I enjoyed all these stories but -- the one story that really moved me was "Wednesdays." This really resonated with me from personal experience. The jilted wife visiting her children (husbands always got custody in England before WW2.) Her sense of unreality and deep loss was just -- unspeakably powerful to me. Coincidentally, I have also written a poem called Wednesdays. This just rang so many bells for me. Excellent.

    16. Persephone have republished several works by Dorothy Whipple, and she is their highest-selling author. This collection of short stories shows why that is the case. Her protagonists here are all women in less than ideal domestic settings, portrayed with compassion and even affection. The writing is witty and often with a twist in the tale, as seen in my favourites in the collection - The Handbag and After Tea.

    17. I loved this superb collection of tales of domestic life, set mostly between the two wars. Stifling dull marriages, bullied, repressed unmarried daughters, domineering mothers, and a sad divorced mother forced to be separated from her children, and many more. Faultless and brilliant. If it were possible to give it more than 5 stars I would!

    18. First book by Dorothy Whipple that I have read. I wanted to see what she is like as an author. This is a collection of short stories so there was some sameness to some of the stories. But there were also some definite twists. Most stories are concerned with the position of young women in post-WWII Britain.

    19. BEGADS and QUELLE HORREUR - looksee underneath, that there Libbeth has been here before me and marked up a 5*hahahahaxxIf Whipple was the interwar year Austen, then Alan Bennett must be the present day Austen d'ya'fink!?

    20. Loved these short stories of 1930s/1940s.autifully crafted stories about, largely, repressed and compliant daughters seeking a way outDifferent solutions are reached. Hard to believe that this sort of family situation where daughters do as parents command, is so, relatively recent. Just love Dorothy Whipplewant to read more

    21. This was my first Persephone read and I loved it, was transported to a different time, different society with such different expectations and opportunities. The text is clear, measured and precise, just perfect for the subject matter.

    22. Quite interesting stories with believable characters. Most involve the meaness that can be inflicted on others who are too young or weak to fend for themselves. But, most of them come right in the end. Very well done.

    23. I prefer Whipple's novels to these short stories. I didn't get to spend enough time with the characters. One of my favorite parts of a Dorothy Whipple novel is the slow unraveling.

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