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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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She is one of the best practitioners of the short story, ever.
Ordinary experiences yet uber beautiful... Munro brings extraordinary creativity, brilliant writing style and unique feminine outlook to life!
Some of the stories went by so quickly I felt I needed to pace myself to make them last longer --- I liked them that much.
It is a glowing collection of short stories, all based on the same theme: different experiences of love and/or the end of love. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Gabriela Castellanos
Classic Alice Munro. Excellent characters and a full understanding of humanity. Hers is a Canadian view of things which for me makes the book more interesting. Read morePublished 22 days ago by David C. Gifford
There are two very good stories in this Alice Munro collection: "Comfort" and "The Bear that Came Over the Mountain" (which has been adapted into a splendid film... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jiang Xueqin
I wasn't paying attention and didn't realize this was a collection of stories. I was a few pages into the second story trying to figure out the characters when I discovered my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
Her stories are pure emotion. As I read, I felt love, dismay, hope, regret, compassion and everything else. Ordinary experiences yet uber beautiful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maisa Lopes Gomes de Paiva
Given the recommendations about Alice Munro's stories, I was a little disappointed in this book. The writing is fine, but nothing spectacular. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob
I first became aware of the writings of Alice Munro back in 2000 when I read about her in the 'Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literature. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Lee Smith
Wonderful stories by a master writer. The title story was made into a rather good movie.Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Hart