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.
Stories that engross you and describe the mundane realities of life in a style that captures your total attentionPublished 1 month ago by Walter Rice
This was a book club selection and the person who chose it does not like long books. The writing was good but I'm just not into short stories.Published 1 month ago by Debra L Clark
Munro is a wonderful writer, well worthy of the Nobel Prize in literature. I chose this collection to sample stories from throughout her career. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Present for daughter-in-law, who is a big fan of the author. Very nice copy.Published 1 month ago by Eileen Bowie
These are slow, hard, plodding narratives about things and people who evoke little feeling or compassion or understanding. Ms. Read morePublished 2 months 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 2 months ago by Alan Hirsch