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Something I've been meaning to tell you...;: Thirteen stories Hardcover – 1974


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"She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted" Daily Telegraph "Munro is so good one gropes for superlatives" Daily Telegraph "Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America" -- Jonathan Franzen "Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time" -- Margaret Atwood --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Ryerson; First Edition edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070777608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070777606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published eleven previous books.During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the W.H. Smith Prize, the National Book Circle Critics Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. In Canada, she has won the Governor General's Award, the Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Libris Award.Alice Munro and her husband divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.

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She is the master of the short story.
Janet G
I was however, disappointed with this book, which surpeised me. slow and dragging stories, undefined characters, etc. made this a difficult read.
jan e.
Something about Ms. Munro's writing style reminds me of Angela's Ashes.
L. Nelson

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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Mccornack on November 28, 2006
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Why has this woman never won the Booker prize? These short stories are as wonderful as any by Atwood, McEwan, or Chekhov. I finished each of these stories and wondered why the title of that story wasn't selected for the title of this collection. I must warn you, you will keep right on reading "just one more" until that sinking realization that you just read the last one makes you jump up to log on to Amazon and order another Munro title!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Janet G on March 29, 2013
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I just discovered Alice Munroe about 6 months ago and now I read everything I can get my hands on! She is the master of the short story. These stories really stay with you long after reading.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pamela gregg on June 28, 2013
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Probably like you, I read - a lot. There is no doubt that Alice Munro is one of our best contemporary writers. I recently spent six weeks confined to a wheel chair. I re-read several of the Munro books and thought that I enjoyed them far more on the second reading than the first. That is always what is said about "the classics". The really great writers seem to get better with every re-reading. I hope that I can live long enough to re-read Munro's books for the third and fourth and fifth time. She is a very gifted writer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fany Finkelman on September 5, 2013
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Interesting style, impeccable, stories that won't let you breath till you finish them, and won't let you down. Unexpected endings. All in all, highly recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By RUHU on September 20, 2010
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As usual, Munro's writing creates worlds inside of worlds through the use of the simple, every day encounters and objects we all have.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Nelson on September 9, 2013
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Something about Ms. Munro's writing style reminds me of Angela's Ashes. The realistic portrayal of believable characters doing things that we all have done at one time or another; the vivid mental images drawn by her words; the interaction between characters and surprising, yet not so surprising, places that their decisions lead them to. Excellent, thought-provoking literature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KA on June 22, 2013
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Her stories are often simple events cut out from everyday life. Her power of portrayal of the character's inner life is amazing. She knows how to descibe contradictory feelings and how those feelings affects people's behavior and choices in life. She never condemns anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerald B. Keane on November 25, 2013
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There's some good here for certain. Munro writes well, she describes well, and she has insight. HOWEVER, the stories are oh, so passive and internal. Nothing happens and it all seems self-indulgent. But that's not to say she's not creative; she draws some well-crafted characters, but they just don't do much. I'm a male and first concluded that the stories might appeal more to females. However, when I mentioned to a literate woman that I was reading the book, her comment was "Tedious." Perhaps that captures the essence of the problem.
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