387 Short Stories: Day 5: Story 5: The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

Title: The Garden Party
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Taken from: The Garden Party and Other Stories

the-garden-party and other stories

Today’s story selected by me was “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield. It is about The Sheridan family and the garden party they are about to host. Things of course go unplanned and create a riot. That in short is the plot of the short story. There is more, however, I cannot give that away.

At a very superficial level, it is also about the class system prevalent at that time – the story was written in 1922, when the class system was at its peak and the story also is centered on that. There are other themes that run along the entire story – death, life, reality, the surreal and the way human beings go through life.

The story is slow. It does not pick up pace and not meant for readers who like their stories to rush through. This one you have to think through. A stupendous work of fiction.

You can read the story here: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/mansfield/garden/garden.html#party

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