Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: Love Quarrels from Anton Chekhov to ZZ Packer (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Love means never having to say you're sorry. No, love is in the air. No, love is the sweetest thing. No, it's soft as an easy chair. No, it's a stranger in an open car. No, it's a many-splendoured thing. No, it's the drug. No, it's like a butterfly. Oh, let's call the whole thing off. Love stories don't always involve hearts and flowers and walks in the park. This sparkling collection of the world's greatest love quarrels, from Chekhov to Colette, from D. H. Lawrence to Jhumpa Lahiri, features love stories for every mood and occasion. Here are new lovers testing the ground, cosy couples enjoying a quiet squabble before bedtime, and exes intent on picking up where they left off. Often love quarrels start with trivial matters, such as a bride's new hat in Dorothy Parker's "Here We Are" or a choice of bedtime book in Jackie Kay's "You Go When You Can No Longer Stay". But it doesn't usually take long for the stakes to be raised. Love is a risky business!

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Jhumpa Lahiri, a writer wonderfully attentive to the texture and eccentricity of everyday life, describes the early days of an arranged marriage in 'This Blessed House'. It perfectly captures those early-relationship quarrels, half-serious, that a couple have . . . Katherine Mansfield's 'Mr and Mrs Dove' -- about a botched proposal of marriage -- was among my very favourite . . . It's not all men and women, though. In the odd case it's men and men -- Harld Brodkey describes the souring of a friendship between two teenage boys; Joyce Carol Oates a turning-point quarrel between lovers in late middle age . . . What our anthologists seem to have set out to do, and have accomplished, is to gather stories that evince a sympathetic or a wittily exact sense of the actual mechanics of quarrelling: where it sits in a relationship, how it gets there, what it means, how it can be overcome or accommodated. It's not always . . . the opposite of sex but its secret sharer.

Refreshingly different . . . With a superb author list including literary greats like Virginia Woolf, William Trevor, Katharine Mansfield, DH Lawrence and Dorothy Parker, this sensitive collection of short stories cuts to the core of the lovers' quarrels that both blight and cement relationships . . . This lovers' collection is not about romantic walks in the park, or candlelit dinners for two. It's about the grief of leaving, the pain of staying, words that are said and words that are never uttered till too late. But it's also about forgiveness, acceptance, and the enduring quality of human relationships.

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'Fine, fractious stuff' -- BLAKE MORRISON, GUARDIAN

'Katherine Mansfield's "Mr And Mrs Dove" - about a botched proposal of marriage . . . is worth the price of admission alone' -- SAM LEITH, DAILY MAIL

'Refreshingly different' -- TRIBUNE

'Sparkling writing' -- THE SCOTSMAN

'Very enjoyable'
-- WENDY COPE

Diverting and unusual. -- SUNDAY HERALD (Alan Taylor)

Refreshingly different . . . With a superb author list including literary greats like Virginia Woolf, William Trevor, Katharine Mansfield, DH Lawrence and Dorothy Parker, this sensitive collection of short stories cuts to the core of the lovers' quarrels that both blight and cement relationships . . . This lovers' collection is not about romantic walks in the park, or candlelit dinners for two. It's about the grief of leaving, the pain of staying, words that are said and words that are never uttered till too late. But it's also about forgiveness, acceptance, and the enduring quality of human relationships.
-- SUNDAY TRIBUNE (June Edwards)

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