And yet Munro trusts her readers; she believes that we will pay attention to all these things and more. She aims to create the illusion that everything in her fiction has been left in, and it is this very capaciousness that sets her work apart, making possible the keen psychological insight of her stories about marriage as well as the cool violence of "Vandals" or "Fits." Hers is an unusual sort of realism, technically innovative and amenable--especially in the later work--to loose ends. (It also possesses a quick, flinty wit: "This was the first time I understood how God could become a real opponent, not just some kind of nuisance or large decoration," says the narrator of "The Progress of Love.") To call Munro the Canadian Chekhov is by now a commonplace--and yet she may have done more for the short fiction form than any writer since. These are stories that will be read, savored, and admired hundreds of years from now. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Munro is widely considered to be one of the best short story writers (still, at 81) around.
Yet within each story, Munro's elegant, lucid prose style and encyclopedic knowledge of the human mind and heart make themselves felt.
Alice Munro gives us a quick and sometimes fleeting glimpse into the inner workings of the stories' characters and lives.
These are slow, hard, plodding narratives about things and people who evoke little feeling or compassion or understanding. Ms. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Seth Davidson
A timely collection of work by this umatched observer of desire, heartbreak and how people grow to know who they are. Some classics are absent, but no matter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan Hirsch
Alice Munro definitely deserved the Nobel Prize for her insight into human nature and her depiction of the area of Canada in which she grew up. She nails it!Published 3 months ago by Aldora
I used this book for an intro course and think it is perfect for someone who wants to get an overview of Alice Munro's best work.Published 3 months ago by Richard B. Felder
Diamonds, rubies, semiprecious stones and music to one's ears.
Alice Munro is a feast to all my senses. Read more
Ms. Munro jumps around the time frame and left me thoroughly confused on many of her stories. She is a highly skilled writer and her descriptions of the physical setting are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John M. Criley