Tag: Author: Alice Munro


Review: Runaway

Posted 29 January, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Runaway
By: Alice Munro
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The incomparable Alice Munro’s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her intimate relationships. In Munro’s hands, the people she writes about–women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children–become as vivid as our own neighbors. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.

I finally got around to reading some of Alice Munro’s books last year and found that I love them so much, I couldn’t believe I didn’t get around to her books sooner. I still have her first collection, Selected Stories, on my shelf waiting to be read, but this book was on sale at Kobo Books late last year, I just had to pick it up 🙂

This book is part of the Clean Your Reader – Reading Challenge that I am participating in January 2015.

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Review: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
By: Alice Munro
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In these stories lives come into focus through single events or sudden memories which bring the past bubbling to the surface. The past, as Alice Munro’s characters discover, is made up not only of what is remembered, but also what isn’t. The past is there, just out of the picture, but if memories haven’t been savoured, recalled in the mind and boxed away, it’s as if they have never been – until a moment when the pieces of the jigsaw re-form suddenly, sometimes pleasurably but more often painfully. Women look back at their young selves, at first marriages made when they were naive and trusting, at husbands and their difficult, demanding little ways. There is in this new collection an underlying heartbreak, a sense of regret in her characters for what might have been, for a fork in the road not taken, a memory suppressed in an act of prudent emotional housekeeping. But at the same time there is hope, there are second chances – here are people who reinvent themselves, seize life by the throat, who have moved on and can dare to conjure up the hidden memories, daring to go beyond what is remembered.

So I only got around to reading Alice Munro this year, having read Dear Life (review) around the beginning of summer. I meant to read her Selected Stories next, having bought it shortly after she won the Nobel Prize in Literature, but instead promptly picked up this book after learning that two stories in this volume became movies some time ago (Away from Her (trailer) and Hateship Loveship (trailer). And here we are 🙂

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Review: Dear Life

Posted 20 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Dear Life
By: Alice Munro
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped — the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.

My first Alice Munro book! I had long heard of her but never got around to reading anything by her (going back to my whole slow getting around to notable Canadian authors *foreheadsmack*). I was finally prompted to pick up her books (this and her Selected Stories) sooner when I learned that she won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, which is a pretty big deal and a pretty proud moment for the country. And here we are.

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