Selected Stories

Selected Stories Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada this magnificent collection brings together twenty eight stories by a writer of unpa

Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies anSpanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever To read these stories about a traveling salesman and his children on an impromptu journey an abandoned woman choosing between seduction and solitude is to succumb to the spell of a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves.Walker brothers cowboy Dance of the happy shades Postcard Images Something I ve been meaning to tell you The Ottawa Valley Material Royal beatings Wild swans The beggar maid Simon s luck Chaddeleys and Flemings Dulse The turkey season Labor Day dinner The moons of Jupiter The progress of love Lichen Miles City, Montana White dump Fits Friend of my youth Meneseteung Differently Carried away The Albanian virgin A wilderness station Vandals.

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  1. Alice Ann Munro, n e Laidlaw, is a Canadian short story writer who is widely considered one of the world s premier fiction writers Munro is a three time winner of Canada s Governor General s Award for fiction Her stories focus on human relationships looked at through the lens of daily life She has thus been referred to as the Canadian Chekhov She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature Arabic Persian Russian Cyrillic Ukrainian Cyrillic Bulgarian Cyrillic Slovak Alice Munroov Serbian Alis Manro

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  1. The complexity of things the things within things just seems to be endless I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple From short accounts of singular events to the sprawling history of a life or love affair, Alice Munro shows it is the little things that matter most These things within things the greater truth in the smallest of details, are the hearts and souls of her fiction Selected Stories is an excellent best of introduction to the author as it collects 28 stories from three decades of her p [...]

  2. The randomness of life, the fine line that separates tragedy from the quotidian, and the silent cracks that grow till they can t be mended after years of repressed grudges The desperation of a woman who knows her marriage is going to end and her prayers so that the story doesn t repeat with her two daughters As it is usual with Munro, there is no neat closure, just a fragmented glimpse into a life and a stolen glance into what might have been, out of sheer serendipity Merciless tragedy or simply [...]

  3. Before reading this collection, I d read one or two of Munro s stories in the New Yorker Deep Holes was good enough to tear out keep but I really didn t know what she was up to in general This collection of short stories will let the reader feel thoroughly familiar with, though never bored by, Munro s style There are certain things she almost always does once past her earliest works begin with a story that isn t the real story and doesn t even really illuminate the real story but is just as inte [...]

  4. She s just a genius This book came out a decade ago, and doesn t have some of her recent stuff like the wonderful Runaway but it s just amazing story after amazing story The stories have some of the surfaces of quieter, plainer fiction about rural, domestic life, but they re packed with insight and dramatic moment, and Munro is experimental than she s given credit for her leaps in time are jarring and amazing Especially in the stories that are connected by character and place, a collage like e [...]

  5. I bet Alice Munro is responsible for a lot of really bad writing These stories involve ordinary people living in unremarkable towns and cities Toronto small prairie towns doing pretty humdrum things many of these stories recount visits to old friends or family The language is so natural and the scenes so well drawn that the text requires no effort to read It is tempting to believe then that they took no effort or particular talent, or even much a subject matter, to write What I am left with is a [...]

  6. Alice Munro writes entirely in the medium of short stories While I don t mind the trend of ever elongating fiction in modern literature, this collection of Munro s selected shorts is nothing short of a thrill of economy Munro s stories are brief, but the impressions her characters and the events to which they are sewed leave with the reader are long lasting In White Dump, Munro gives us two characters, one a mother, the other her daughter, who move forward and back towards an event that does not [...]

  7. Alice Munro is one of the best contemporary short story writers I know this because everybody says so Some of them say she is the best.I love short stories but although I have read Munro before, I have never quite clicked with any of hers And I love that click that comes with the short story, that feeling as you get to the end that you intend to go right back to the beginning again, and that this will be a great pleasure, and that you will do it again and again and again.I ve been reading this S [...]

  8. This was our latest book club pick, and it was selected because many in the literary community think that Alice Munro should win the Pulitzer Prize it s reputed that the only reason she hasn t is that no author who exclusively writes short stories has ever won oh, literary politics Munro s writing style is clean, even sparse at times, but she has an ability to pack a mean emotional punch I ve heard it said that her stories illuminate the extraordinary in the ordinary lives of people, and it s a [...]

  9. i have read everything published by this author, so impressed she has won deserved Nobel rather than go through each book i decide to just note those i really like in this selection, then maybe the collections since you cannot go wrong with any selection you also will never feel like you have wasted reading time, as she is always concise, always readable, always resonanteory on reading alice munro if each collection has thirteen stories, three or four will be good, six or seven very good, three [...]

  10. This is totally random, but when we were in Victoria, BC, I walked into this giant, wonderful bookstore called Munro s Books I bought a few things there, and the cashier gave me some free store bookmarks Well, I pulled one out the other day to stick in this book, and then read in the author bio that Alice Munro is in fact the owner of Munro s Books Go figure.The stories I have read so far are WONDERFUL Thanks for the rec, Paula

  11. My first Munro I learned that you have to slow down really, really slow down and let yourself be carried along in the cadence of each sentence Sentences are fragments Paragraphs are fragments Her whole stories can be fragments placed together, artfully and artlessly The effects are dazzling.I have to say I do not enjoy the later pieces as much the exception being The Wilderness Station They are noticeably ambitious and complex, but some parts just seem ill fit together, contrived, and not nearl [...]

  12. Unfortunately, this wonderful writer is not for me Her stories are so dismal I ve tried to read Ms Munro s work many times and I always end up abandoning it OK, let me be perfectly blunt For me, this woman s writing can ruin a perfectly good day Her writing is magnificent her subject matter plunges me down a dingy well.

  13. It goes without saying that Munro is an amazing writer From this collection, three tales stood out The Dance of The Happy Shades , Labor Day Dinner and Meneseteung If I were to rate her stories individually, these three would get the highest possible rating and the second one would surpass it.Her short stories tend to focus on the lives of everyday men and women and expose life for what it is, in the context of its everydayness turned farce it is the breaking point, the shock, the sensuous or se [...]

  14. Munro does a really fantastic job of creating very three dimensional characters She s able to compress an entire novel s worth of story telling into 30 or so pages My only problem with this collection is that in reading the stories one after another, the characters being to appear quite similar to one another Middle aged, divorced female reflecting seems to be the common ground Of course, I believe these stories came in Munro s own middle age, and it reflects that Still, she does an excellent jo [...]

  15. I was intrigued by the blurbs on the back of this edition had heard a lot about her but never read anything, seeing as most of her work has been published in anthologies and magazines I m not one for short stories or short fiction, but the narrative voices here are truly distinct In her stories about her native Canada, Munro delivers with a consistent, pragmatic and low key narration that draws one in with details and insights not with the unerhoerte Begebenheit or seminal moment introduced in m [...]

  16. I have read about halfway through this book and am going to have to set it aside I can appreciate the literary quality of Alice Munro s writing, but I don t enjoy her stories It s not that I have to enjoy everything I read, but I haven t cared about or identified with a single character very much None of them are very memorable.These stories are dreary and devoid of any joy, humor, hope or beauty Every romance and marriage fails There s a lot of cynicism here I can see why Munro s stories are cr [...]

  17. OMG, I am so happy I m finally done with book Apparently I am not a fan of short stories I don t like how by the time you have gotten to know a character the story is over And when these short stories end, they just end There s never much of an ending I just don t get the appeal.

  18. Having now read than 1,000 pages of Alice s Munro s prose, it is clear to me that she is a once in a generation kind of talent This woman appears to produce beautiful phrases with the readiness and ease with which average humans produce carbon dioxide Her fictional examinations of the human condition are simultaneously plainspoken and impenetrable each seems infused with a secret that only Munro can clearly see, but that the reader may glimpse fleetingly in a moment of hard concentration or bli [...]

  19. It s hard to put my thoughts on this book into words, but I ll attempt to Almost every story manages to connect the reader to the story in approximately 20 pages, makes you care about the characters This book contains lots of dry humour and I love dry humour Most of them are about ordinary women in Canada in some sort of marriage love situation but definitely not all of them I found it very interesting how characters changed over time, how they developed after certain experiences and their appro [...]

  20. My first attraction to read Alice Munro was the Nobel Prize conferred on her last year She is not so well known in India and her books were not easy to get or so very expensive However, the award did the trick and I was able to grab this collection of short stories at a discount from the India Book Fair at Pragati Maindan, New Delhi.So what s so special about the writings of Alice Munro that she has won both a Man Booker and the Nobel To read Alice Munro is to jump into an ocean and be immersed [...]

  21. Somewhere I read about a patient in a hospital, a wounded British soldier, who waited each day for a specific nurse to appear in hope she d be the one to make afternoon tea He loved her first because she did not burn the water and served tea that was always perfect That s how I feel about Alice Munro s Selected Stories, all perfect.OK, maybe not all perfect, but very close White Dump strikes me as a long slog to not much, perhaps the point of the story and I m too dense to get it The Albanian Vi [...]

  22. This selection collects four stories apiece from Munro s first seven collections, from Something I ve Been Meaning to Tell You through Open Secrets Perhaps its most interesting feature is an Author s Forward, essentially a craft essay in which Munro discusses the images that give rise to her stories, the process by which she develops her layered narratives, and the roles various editors have played in her later, daring work In dicussing the evolution of her craft, Munro notes that as she s aged [...]

  23. 28 of Alice Munro s best short stories written between 1961 and 1994 Most of them depict glances of everyday life The standpoint is often that of a fragile, lonely, yet self reliant woman, at different ages and moods The subtleties and depth of thought reveal a lifetime dedicated to experiencing, observing and interpreting human endeavors The aftertaste is mostly nostalgic and full of mild regret Though for sure a fine selection, I find the range of the stories very broad, varying from some of o [...]

  24. There couldn t be a better book if you talk about short stories than this This is the best of the stories of the best short story writer now alive ALICE MUNRO When would she win the NOBEL PRIZE I should go on that she is severely understated Why Perhaps the readers could not get her writing because she writes about the same theme a girl from a rural Canadian town growing up to discover her sexuality, find her place in the socitey, exploring love and hatred and at times rebelling from the norms e [...]

  25. I love this book.Munro is a genius The stories are beautifully written and constantly shift in unexpected directions She does fascinating things with time and the narrators voices but you barely notice any of the technical work because the stories are so engrossing The stories span 30 years of Munro s career but there are some common links between them Certain themes pop up again and again They all take place in the Canadian countryside and all of the characters have secrets, some of which unrav [...]

  26. I didn t really want to like this The author focuses on darkness, adultery, dirty minds and pettiness One is reminded of Sherlock Holmes, where he talks about the capacity to conceal unwholesomeness in the countryside In some senses, the author revels in the Schadenfreude of looking at a car wreck, where her characters make poor decisions because they have to for themselves and then we see their broken lives moving forward All that said, the problem I had with my inclination to dislike Munro is [...]

  27. Alice Munro is my favorite favorite favorite, and this book contains some of her very best stories Differently starts out like this Georgia once took a creative writing class, and what the instructor told her was Too many things Too many things going on at the same time also too many people Think, he told her What is the important thing What do you want us to pay attention to Think Eventually she wrote a story that was about her grandfather killing chickens, and the instructor seemed to be pleas [...]

  28. Read her story Walker Brothers Cowboy in Literature and Its Writers An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama and really liked it Then I saw a great review by spenkevich that pushed me to get a copy So far I have enjoyed the stories I read here as well.

  29. These are some of Munro s earliest pieces, many set early in the last century Can t fault the writing here, but the small domestic tableaux that were the vast majority of these stories just wasn t my cuppa Too mundane, for my taste.

  30. I didn t finish this book, but I read enough of the stories 10 to get an idea for what Alice Munro is about Beautiful, sad, melancholy, skilled writing about ordinary lives Extremely clear and talented, but so resonantly sad and sometimes helpless that I couldn t read any than the ten stories.

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