Katherine Mansfield’s story ‘Prelude’ is seventh on my reading list but I decided to read it first because it’s a short story. Now for those of you who haven’t read it, what have you been doing? I first came across Katherine Mansfield while I was trying to find books by Virginia Woolf on Google. Google suggested to me similar authors and this is exactly how I came across Mansfield.
After doing some research about Mansfield I came across The Global Life of New Zealanders and found that Woolf was jealous of Mansfield’s work. If the very talented Virginia Woolf was jealous well then there must have been a very good reason.
Now after reading the Prelude I can understand why Woolf was jealous and experienced a little something of the green-eyed monster myself. Mansfields story captures the characters emotions and portrays them through beautiful writing. She makes the story relatable to what we’ve all experienced in our own lives. I particularly enjoyed the opening of Chapter 5, “Dawn came sharp and chill with red clouds on a faint green sky and drops of water on every leaf and blade” (p.24). I also found most of the story quite funny as well. In particular later on in the story when we learn about the truth about Beryls’ affection for Stanley.
A lot of the story will make you laugh and I definitely recommend that you take out time to read it because I’ll definetly be reading it again.
Information about the book discussed:
Mansfield, K. (2001) The Collected Stories. London: Penguin Books. Pp.11-60.