: But, in my view, short stories can be enjoyed in their
: own league, as glimpses into the lives of the
: characters, as compressed plots that carry a surprise
: or a message or a sensation, and some of them are
: simply masterful. Are there any particular short
: stories or short-stories writer you have enjoyed? It
: would be interesting to know what short stories
: attracted someone who is in general not an admirer of
: the genre.
Let me say that I regard it as my loss. I'm sure that I'm missing out on some wonderful reading experiences by mostly avoiding short stories.
That said, in answer to your question, I have the very highest regard for the short stories of Chekhov. I also admire Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and Flannery O'Connor. As full books, I think highly of Joyce's Dubliners and Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.
More might come to mind if I thought about it longer.
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