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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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One of the finest collections of short stories I have ever read.
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.
I love the writing of Alice Munro, so insightful, so human and honest. However, short stories are never so satisfying as a full-length novel, leaving this reader to wish for more... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Nola Shelley
GREAT SHORT STORIES UNLIKE SOME THAT ARE ABOUT NOTHING AND GO NOWHERE,Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Frist
Alice Munro packs an entire life event into a short story, and doesn't leave you needing or wanting more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chloe Scozzafava
We read each of these stories for a short story discussion group. Although there are a few recurring themes, each story held some unexpected twists and turns. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathy V.
Written by a Canadian who has won the Nobel prize for short stories. Very engrossing and heartwarming stories from her background. Now I'm hooked on whatever she writes.Published 2 months ago by Betty R.