I thought there were some really outstanding stories in this collection. Unfortunately, most of the stories collected were originally published in THE NEW YORKER magazine; thus, they were of a type, alike. I was agreeably surprised by James Alan Macpherson's entry. The usually collected Raymond Carver, is here, the usual Faulkner is too. I found a couple of stories seemingly inspired by Tolstoy's IVAN ILLYCH: well done! The story narrated by a feline, about some priests of the cat's acquaintance, did not impress me at all. Flannery O'Connor is here, that is always good to see in an anthology of fiction---from whatever century. Nabokov is contained within these covers, also.

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