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[[ Read Book ]] ⚜ 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 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 SelvesWalker 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 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 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 prestigious career to reveal an incredible scope of emotion and sincerity In the vein of authors such as William Faulkner or Anton Chekhov, Munro unlocks the lives of women through her keen eye for acute observation and characterization.Along with authors such as Margaret Atwood, Munro has been classified as a member of the Southern Ontario Gothic Much like the Southern Gothic to which Flannery O Connor and William Faulkner belong I was recommended Munro due to my obsession with those two authors which characterized my reading selection during my late teens and early twenties , Munro s fiction builds on the social, political, moral and religious atmosphere of her region as the past is always shaping the present in the lives of her characters Her characters are play out their dramas on a stage of society, chafing of the relationships with lovers and family or social constructs, instead of on the playing field of plot The plot is rather secondary, existing primarily as a method of illustrating the passage of time, either in a small, single event such as the boredom of a commonplace formality shattered by a surprising twist of unique characters entering the scene view spoiler In Dance of the Happy Shades a children s piano recital is shaken up when a school for mentally handicapped children arrive late, increasing the awkwardness of the event sevenfold hide spoiler
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 interesting as the real story tell us how different characters are approaching a shared experience show how aware and critical many rural Canadians are of deviations from their cultural norms hint at what deviant secrets are kept by same display the variety of ways that rural Canadian women have asserted their needs and desires conclude almost arbitrarily In a restaurant, I told my husband that Munro s characters are just slightly interesting than actual people tend to be It seemed to me that the man sitting near us overheard me say that, and I worried for a moment that he might have felt insulted then I wondered could he have walked to this restaurant alone across a moonlit field of snow, wondering why his wife wasn t upset by discovering the corpses of her neighbors two nights ago Munro has been compared to Chekhov and Tolstoy, but I think her writing is slightly less philosophical and titillating than is theirs and better for solitary twilight indulging. 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 everyday struggles Few things in life can be chosenparticularly the transcendental things So cherish them while they are within your grasp.Merged review Daunting, disquieting short story about a middle aged poetess who briefly entertains the idea of marrying her widowed neighbour A violent incident involving a man beating his drunk wife over the fence of the protagonist works as a metaphor for the stillborn affair between the widower and the poetess A pool of grape juice in the kitchen of the woman the following day, and the monthly discomforts of her menstruation awakens the poetess from a kind of stupor and she understands that words and verses are all she needs to be whole She has made her choice.Later on, the local newspaper covers her death and she is described as an eccentric woman who lost her mind, making indirect allusions to her undesirable condition of being unmarried.The price she has to pay to remain independent is that of brief allusions to her poetry, and a apologetic, detailed account of her personal life, which clearly didn t satisfy the general opinion.Sad and unbelievable, but still so common todayMerged review Oh my, what a trip.This short story had my mind reeling, my heart racing and my stomach churning with anticipation Two couples, two women who become confidants, Georgia and Maya They tell each other their secrets Maya is a restless soul, she needs constant adventure which his steadfast husband Raymond won t provide Georgia has been comfortably married to her high school sweetheart Ben, until mysterious Miles appears in her life Maya s influence or her need to feel alive, thrilled by a new passion Georgia doesn t think twice and jumps into the thrilling unknown.Munro is a master, a genius in portraying the miseries of the quotidian, of prolonged marriage, the meaning of friendship and betrayal Her writing is never apologetic, and her characters are wounded people who yearn to infuse meaning to their lives Her astute depiction of romantic affairs, always sidetracked by the biased lens of a patriarchal society, presents women who suffer the scorn of others, but mostly, their own Georgia thinks she could have acted differently towards Maya, if she had known what would happen in the future, but truth is, she never had a chance of making a choice Her course of action was set even before she knew it, and she didn t have the courage to defy her hurt pride and blame man and woman, lover and best friend, in equal terms, as it often happens in real life Top notch read.Merged review A story within a story A Canadian young woman is held captive by an Albanian tribe while she is on a cruise in Croatia The woman adopts the customs and manners of the tribe until the community deems fit to sell her to a Muslim as a bride A Franciscan priest helps her escape.A Canadian woman flees from her marriage right after she confesses to have an affair with her neighbor She opens a bookstore and amalgametes a wide arrange of eccentric friends.The two stories converge into a double happy ending with unexpected surprises.