A Bit on the Side: Stories

Written by:
William Trevor
Narrated by:
Josephine Bailey , Simon Vance

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2004
6 hours 0 minutes
William Trevor is truly a Chekhov for our age, and a new collection of stories from him is always a cause for celebration. These twelve stories include:

The waiter who divulges his shocking life of crime to his ex-wife.
A woman repeats the story of her parents' unstable marriage after a horrible tragedy.
The schoolgirl who regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her.
A middle-aged couple meet in a theatre bar for a squalid blind date.
The disappointed priest who fears an innocent young girl may run away from home.
Two self-certain sisters visit a newly widowed local woman.
And, in the volume's title story, a middle-age accountant offers his reasons for ending a love affair.

From these slender moments Trevor creates whole lives, conjuring up characters marked by bitterness and loss. William Trevor's graceful prose is a wonder in itself, and as convincing when inhabiting the mind of a school lunchmaid, an adulterous Irish country librarian or a murderer on the London streets. And as is always the case with William Trevor, venom and tragedy are never far from the still surface of the stories.

At the heart of this stunning collection is Trevor's characteristic tenderness and unflinching eye for both the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and rural life.
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Sarah T.

William Trevor's writing is direct and evocative, like a collision of a young James Joyce and V.S. Naipaul. Many of the stories are more like vignettes, portraits of a moment that are full of character and mood rather than plot movement, so the collection is not light going, but is well worthwhile.

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I kept waiting for something to indicate why these stories were in the same book. They didn't flow from one to another in any way. Also there isn't enough indication that one story has ended and another is about to start, so if you weren't paying close attention, you miss both the conclusion of the last stoy and the opening of the current one. Also, I got confused as to why the current story doesn't seem to meld with the story in I had been following. I think that perhaps short stories work better for me on the page rather than on audio book.

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