Stories by Foreign Authors: Spanish
By: Various Authors
Format/Source: eBook; my copy
Stories by Foreign Authors: Spanish was published in 1898. This collection gives an excellent look into the writers in Spain at the time. Included in this collection are:
- THE TALL WOMAN by Pedro Antonio De Alarcon
- THE WHITE BUTTERFLY by Jose Selgas
- THE ORGANIST by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
- MOORS AND CHRISTIANS. by Pedro Antonio De Alarcon
- BREAD CAST UPON THE WATERS by Fernan Caballero.
So here’s the thing: I’m in a bit of a reading slump at the moment (which you probably couldn’t tell a few days ago with the 5 books listed under GoodReads that I was reading =P). I find that one way to get out of the reading slump is by reading short stories 🙂 So I decided to read this title, which I picked up on a whim during my many browsings on the Gutenberg Project. This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.
I was pleasantly surprised by this collection. On the one hand, it was fairly eclectic in that the first three stories are short and more supernatural/Gothic in theme while the last two are more historical fiction in nature. The first three were far more interesting for me because of the Gothic theme, the mystery and the strange occurrences happening. The Tall Woman was rather creepy while The White Butterfly was quite eerie but with an interesting twist/message at the end. My favourite story was The Organist; while short, it had just the right amount of small-town interest and a truly Gothic twist. The other two stories were interesting enough and more novella-like in length.
Overall, this collection was an intriguing one with some really great stories. I recommend it, especially if you’re looking for some stories written by Spanish authors 🙂