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Cheating at Canasta

Short Story Collection
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The publication of a new book by William Trevor is a true literary event. One of our finest chroniclers of the human condition, Trevor's precise and unflinching insights into the lives of ordinary people are evidenced once again in this stunning collection of twelve stories. Subtle yet powerful, these exquisitely nuanced tales of regret, deception, adultery, aging, and forgiveness are a rare pleasure, and they confirm Trevor's reputation as a master of the form. From a chance encounter between two childhood friends to memories of a newly widowed man to a family grappling with the sale of ancestral land, Trevor examines with grace and skill the tenuous bonds of our relationships, the strengths that hold us together, and the truths that threaten to separate us.

©2007 William Trevor (P)2014 Recorded Books

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  • Cariola
  • Chambersburg, PA USA
  • 05-28-14

Not Trevor's Best

While I did not appreciate this collection quite as much as I have others by Trevor, his usual skill in storytelling and style prevail. The twelve stories here are, if not exactly sad, wistful or regretful. Nearly all involve characters who have experienced the death of a loved one, the death of a relationship, or some other form of longing or loss, and the thin Irish melancholy pervades them all. Trevor is best writing about the 1960s and '70s, and the contemporary stories seem a bit lacking in truth. But, as always, Trevor is well worth the time. The various readers here are all quite good, however.

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  • M. B. Radford
  • 02-18-17

Excellent

Narrated by all with tender feeling. This is my first encounter with William Trevor's work. He came highly recommended and I understand why. His ability to create a picture and bring characters to life, is well drawn.

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  • Barbara
  • 12-08-18

Nothing now can ever come to any good

If you are feeling excessively cheerful and would like your high spirits dialled down a bit, here's the stuff for you. Beautifully written, wonderfully read and with twists and turns that hit you in the solar plexus, this is the kind of book your English teacher used to set in 4th year to get you ready for The Real World, where you will not win the lottery, marry the partner of your dreams and live happily ever after. The stories are wonderfully told with truly convincing characters and plots. I actually did end up laughing a few times because of the number of times things went so god-awfully wrong for people.