Sunday, June 5

Book Review: Xingu and Other Stories

Title: Xingu and Other Stories

Author: Edith Wharton

Pages: EBook

Collection of short stories and one novella.

Coming Home
Autres Temps
The Long Run
The Triumph of Night
The Choice
The Bunner Sisters

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I never knew this book existed, until I saw it on the list of someone also participating in the A - Z challenge, and when I found there was this in a short story collection, I had to find it. I mean an "X" title is rare! I had to read it in ebook form, as there doesn't appear to be many print available, and even in Ebook, the quality wasn't the best, as it's been scanned in. A rare book, the title story was worth the trouble.

Xingu, is by far the best short story in the collection, it was witty and well written, and showed a very interesting example of snobby, posh women who are pretending they are up with what's "in". I loved at the end, how it was all explained, and overall made for a pleasurable read. Not to mention, Wharton's writing, is lovely.

Kenfol, which was a bit of a ghost story was my second favourite, and was easy to read and kept my interest. I also enjoyed The Bunner Sisters, although it was a bit of a depressing story, it was well written, and the plot was interesting enough.

Unfortunately, like with most collections of short stories some just didn't work. The Long Run, Autres Temps and most of Coming Home, passed through me. I read them there was a story there, but none left any memorable impression there. The Choice and The Triumph of Night were good, but there wasn't anything special about them to give them that extra push.

All of the stories were well written, I really enjoy Wharton's style of writing, she's inbetween the late 19th century and early 20th century style of writing, yet still as her on unique qualities to it. This book has me looking forward to reading, Age of Innocence. Which is good, as the first book I read by her "Glimpses of the Moon, wasn't my favourite out there.

Would I recommend it to read: I'd definitely recommend short story Xingu. It was witty, well written, and a very fun story to read. If you enjoy early 20th century writing, then I'd recommend all the short stories in this collection, if not, than just Xingu.

What to read next: Age of Innocence and other works by the author

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge

And yes! I got a book whose title starts with the letter X!


  1. I have only read one book by Wharton, and like you, had no idea that this book was even out there. It sounds intriguing to me, and like something that I might have to check out.

  2. Zibilee - at least read Xingu! You can find copies of it all over the internet. is a good place to read it (and other stories by her)