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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories Paperback – October 8, 2002
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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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Munro plunged early into her first marriage and child bearing. There was more to her than the "reproductive daze, swamped by maternal juices", to borrow her sarcasm. She was not drowning, but saving ammunition. She published her first book at 37 and is still there at 70.
Language, sex, love, marriage, fate and death - Munro knows all their rhymes. The title for her 11th book comes from an imagined girls' game, along the lines of he loves me-he loves me not.
The leading situations of the stories appear simple, repetitive even.
Johanna, a stolid home-help, is lured onto the cross-Canada train by faked courtship letters. A widow has to settle affairs after her husband's planned suicide. Suffering cancer, a wife savours a single kiss with a cocky youth. One aspiring writer discovers new slants on sin and death, and another rediscovers a now-married childhood sweetheart.
While one young mother realises the smallness of her married life, another discerns the subtle point of a one-day affair. An older woman puzzles over the fate of Queenie, her lost stepsister.
Routinely, Munro stories take 30-40 pages to get from A to B and back through A again. She is a competitive writer in the best sense, almost preferring death to a failure to engage. She is determined to create some reverberations that the dutiful reader cannot help but absorb.
In Munro, I will accommodate habits that are annoying in lesser writers. I don't mind hearing one more time how she found her vocation. No matter if a single story wants to wander wilfully over three generations.Read more ›
The universe that she brings to her stories is populated with human beings dealing with critical situations. Someone who lost a beloved one, another person who is losing her mind, some else who's lost his/her dignity and so on. In other words, these are characters that are somehow living on the edge of a change.
And because they make them so believable, the reader can easily identify him/herself with those people. Moreover, the situation exploited in the plot -- that might read unreal in someone else's hands -- is very plausible. Munro is interested as much as in the inner life of her characters as in the outside life they lead. In this fashion, she is able to fully develop portrays of the human beings that sometimes may seem to want something but are heading to something else -- the eternal paradox of being.
In one of the best stories of this collection, "The Bear that Came Over the Mountain", we have a man dealing with his wife's mental health. But the writer uses this device as a starter, because what she is talking about in this story is faith. The faith we have in other people, the faith we assume we are the one in control.Read more ›
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I didn't think I liked short stories that much. But each of Munro's tales is practically a full novel in itself. If you want to learn how to write, read Munro.Published 6 days ago by J.H. Hayes
Liked her breathtaking short stories, She conjures up characters as contradictory as people we could know ourselves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Giory Niezen
I chose this book for my book club and we all liked it. This prize-winning author understands women, especially, and many of the heroines, so to speak, are middle-aged. Read morePublished 2 months ago by margoelmer
Love Alice Munro's writing, especially because she often writes about women. First discovered her in The New Yorker magazine.Published 2 months ago by MarthaP
a great collection from one of my favorite story tellers. simple yet elaborate style, flowing yet challenging representation, many lives many types many characters.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NGT