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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.
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 9 days 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 17 days ago by Betty R.
Alice has a way of describing her characters that reveals her deep understanding of human nature. She draws you in and holds you to the end.Published 17 days ago by Alan Smith
One of the finest collections of short stories I have ever read.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Bellinger
Munro is a marvel. She has such a deep understanding for the nuances of my life that even I don't have. How is that possible? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sadhana Seelam
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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by Jiang Xueqin