- Reading level: 8 - 12 years
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (2 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129147386
- ISBN-13: 978-8129147387
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Best Stories from Around the World Paperback – Import, 2 Jun 2017
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About the Author
Author, poet and translator, Deepa Agarwal writes for both children and adults and has about fifty published books to her credit. She has received several awards for her work. Her picture book, Ashok’s New Friends, was awarded the National Award for Children’s Literature by the National Council of Educational Research and Training while the historical fiction Caravan to Tibet featured in the International Board on Books for Young People Honor List of 2008. Five of her titles have also been listed in the White Raven Catalogue of the International Youth Library, Munich.
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*About the Anthology
The anthology contains stories from well known authors like Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, Saki, H. G. Wells and Jerry Pinto among others. The stories featured in this anthology are of varied lengths. A few are 5-6 pages long, the one by Arthur Conan Doyle is 30 pages long, while most of them are 10-15 pages long.
The collection is remarkable for introducing to the reader, the authors who write in languages other than English. A few translated stories have also been included in this collection.
The anthology begins with an Introduction by the Editor, in which she writes about the genre called short stories, the difficulties she faced in compiling this collection & finally, gives a brief into to every story. And then begins a journey that transports us to different places as we move through the stories.
The editor says that these stories are the ones that she liked the most among the umpteen stories that she has read throughout the years. Now the question arises that whether her favorite stories prove to be the best ones or not. For me, the answer is no. I’ve read many other stories, which are the best for me.
But one should not expect the stories in this collection to be the best ones. Because our taste varies from one another. Calling some work of art, the best, is entirely subjective. Nevertheless, the experience that this anthology provides is a memorable one. These stories will stay with me for a really long time.
Amongst the 15 stories, I was unable to read one story- Brother Rabbit’s Cradle by Joel Chandler Harris. It was owing to the dialect of a character, that I failed to understand, despite 3 attempts.
This particular character is present till the ending, so I didn’t read this story.Besides this particular story, others were all worth a read. My favorite ones from the collection are: The Gift of the Magi, The Brave Tin Soldier, Freedom, A Minkin Eared Ewe and Saritha Kamakshi Makes a Mistake.
Despite the diverse nature of all the stories, there are about 6 stories that are more suitable for children. This may be attributed to the fact that the editor has written most books for children only. But still, even an adult reader can enjoy those stories. But a part of my heart craved for some better stories in place of those stories.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading stories. This book is indeed, a must have.
My Rating: **** (4/5)
The stories are timeless and have a characteristic style of the writer that time and again reminds you of their other stories previously read. This book is good to introduce you to the authors if you haven’t read many or missed few. I came to know about authors I had never come across of their work before and also give me the opportunity to read few greatest authors I have heard but never get a chance to read. The book is an award for the one who loves reading more than anything.
The open window in particular reminded me of the fun I had when I read the story for the first time.
Gift of the Magi is a poignant tale and somehow I always end-up feeling sorry for the protagonists.
I had read the Red Headed League and somehow I felt they were one of the best stories and I am glad the editor included the story.
Some of the stories like Freedom and Valia, The Last Ticket, The Dare set in Africa were new to me but nonetheless enchanting and thought provoking.
I like that the editor has encompassed several cultures across the stories and each has a different mood and theme to it.
I find it easy to read and narrate to the children except the really longish stories but altogether it is a good reading experience.