New York Stories is a sophisticated, stunning book published last October by Dover Publications about New York City picking up 14 prestigious writers for telling to the readers "their" New York City. The book is edited by Bob Blaisdell.
We will meet Herman Melville in a short-tale Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street able to let us show again and another time where possible all his writing abilities; a sophisticated Edith Warthon, while I found absolutely
wonderful P.G. Wodehouse in a wonderful, so smiling, funny, hilarious adventure of Bertie, his
friend Rocky and Jeeves, Bertie's precious butler.
This time the
problem is this one: Rocky's aunt (in most cases it's an aunt's problem
in P.G.Wodehouse's adventures) wants to leave all her money to her
affectionate nephew Rocky, but Rocky is desperate when one day in the
late morning visits Bertie, still to bed. Bertie had still to drink his
first cup of tea, eating his bread with butter and jam, you know and he
was in a bad mood because of the unexpected arrival of his friend.
Rocky appears desperate: the dear relative asks him to go to NYC, all expenses paid by the lady
plus the extras, enjoying the wonderful cosmopolitan life of the city, asking him
just to reporting her all the latest novelties from the Big Apple via
Now: Rocky writes a poem every several months published somewhere, what he loves to do the most is spending his time to bed in pajamas since at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, in his beloved British rural countryside. Affording to NYC, from UK appears like a sacrilege.
He wouldn't have proper dresses, he
doesn't want to have anything to do after all with the mundane life of
Someone must do this
sacrifice for him: Jeeves and Bertie accept all happy and cheerful to afford to
New York City for this unusual and unexpected vacation reporting to Rocky what they are seeing and
what they are enjoying. Rocky writes beautiful letters in the while to
the aunt. So beauty that at a certain point Rocky's aunt will appear to NYC destroying in part their plans.
I just can tell you I laughed from the beginning to the end.
In the book also a short tale of Francis Scott Fitzgerald, O. Henry, Stephen Crane, and many more!
I surely thank NetGalley and Dover for this ebook!
Anna Maria Polidori