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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is, of course, no exception. It is a fairly conservative collection of nine stories, none of which move far beyond Munro's favored settings: the tiny towns and burgeoning cities of southern Ontario and British Columbia. There are glimpses of youth here--in the title story, an epistolary prank by two teenage girls leads to a one-sided cross country elopement and, seemingly, a happy marriage, and in "Nettles," disrupted childhood affection fleetingly returns through a chance meeting--but most of these pieces are stories of aging women and men, confronting the twin travails of death and late love. As is always the case with Munro, their plots are too elegantly elaborate to summarize, and their unsentimental power is a given; baroque praise would be futile. Read these stories--it is the only way to really understand the miracles that Munro so regularly performs. --Jack Illingworth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Pretty good, but wouldn't buy. Maybe you'll find something more in it than I could.Published 14 days ago by Ashton
This is the worse book our book club has read in nine years. Over 20 people men and women completely disliked it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Laurene Walker
Alice Munro writes in such deceptively simple prose, you read it quickly, love every minute and then look back at this prize winning author and try to figure out what it is that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rewayland
What more can be said about an author who is compared to Chekov, a master of the short story? I always read her short stories at least twice since they have so much depth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Preston K. Jewett
Not normally a big fan of short stories, I found this collection to be delightful. I am an Alice Munro fan, so I would probably enjoy just about anything written by her. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Me too!
This was my first read of Alice Munro's work. Although well written, overall it didn't stir my interest. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Valerie Allen