A Careless Widow and Other Stories

  • by V. S. Pritchett
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson, Veida Dehmlow
  • 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is England's leading man of letters-as old as the century-at the height of his powers, the incomparable V. S. Pritchett, who’s brilliantly observed short stories have become classics in his own lifetime. In these six beautifully crafted stories-his latest effort-we see a master at work, casting his eye over the subjects he knows best, the ordinary men and women of England: studious 14-year-old Sarah, whose life is changed by a game of hide-and-seek; or Lionel Frazier, the hairdresser, who looks at a woman and sees only her head; or George Andrews, the salesman, for whom new floral carpeting is always an exciting omen. The genius of these stories is their familiarity-almost everyone will recognize a moment or a revelation of his own life in the experiences of Pritchett's utterly individual and incomparably real characters. Renowned in the United States and England, Pritchett celebrates his 89th birthday with the publication of these six masterpieces. V. S. Pritchett's admirers and those lucky enough to be discovering him for the first time will find in A Careless Widow the work of a major talent at its best.
Victor Sawdon Pritchett (1900-1997) was born over a toyshop in 1900 and, much to his everlasting distaste, was named after Queen Victoria. A writer and critic, his is widely reputed to be one of the best short story writers of all time, with the rare ability to capture the extraordinary strangeness of everyday life. He died in 1997.


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I have recommended this book to a friend, because I found Pritchett to be a masterful storyteller. I am surprised that I had not heard of him before. he was the best English short story writer of the 20th century. His stories should not be skipped.

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Pritchett's stories are so subtle and well structured that I listened to each story thrice to pick up details I had missed in my earlier listenings. His humor and insight into human nature impressed me. His stories are still fresh and relevant today. Short story writers today need to know Pritchett. If you are short on time in your hectic life to read a paper book, by all means purchase this handsomely produced audiobook and listen to stories by a master storyteller.

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- Andre "I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios