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The Moons of Jupiter (Vintage Contemporaries) [Kindle Edition]

Alice Munro
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In these piercingly lovely and endlessly surprising stories by one of the most acclaimed current practitioners of the art of fiction, many things happen: there are betrayals and reconciliations, love affairs consummated and mourned. But the true events in The Moons Of Jupiter are the ways in which the characters are transformed over time, coming to view their past selves with an anger, regret, and infinite compassion that communicate themselves to us with electrifying force.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Themes of heartbreak and the sadness of women aging dominate this collection: in ``The Stone in the Field,'' maiden aunts inhabit a farmhouse, dreading human contact; in ``The Turkey Season,'' a girl paid to gut turkeys observes the sexual carryings-on of adults. According to PW , ``The writer's questioning memory gives us sharp flashes of reality that are so vividly recalled they permit us to live another life for a moment.''

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"She has a touch of genius" Mail on Sunday "Only a few writers continue to create those full-bodied miniature universes of the old school. Some of her short stories are so ample and fulfilling that they feel like novels. They present whole landscapes and cultures, who families of characters" -- Anne Tyler "The writer's questioning memory gives us sharp flashes of reality that are so vividly recalled they permit us to live another life for a moment." Publishers Weekly "Witty, subtle, passionate, The Moons of Jupiter is exceptionally knowledgeable about the content and movement - the entanglements and entailments - of individual human feeling. And the knowledge it offers can't be looked up elsewhere" New York Times "Munro is in a class of her own... No other writer working today is able to invest the humble story with more power, grace or breadth... Munro has been compared to Chekhov... She has the haunting lyricism and the indulgent wisdom to qualify." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1215 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099458365
  • Publisher: Vintage (December 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F215HY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I nominate Munro for the Nobel Prize October 19, 2006
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I won't tell you what to look for or how to feel when you read Alice Munro. If you've never encountered her before, The Moons of Jupiter is the best place to start, early Munro at the height of her evocative powers. Don't turn to the Selected Stories first. Each of Munro's books is a suite of stories, interlocking in themes and often in characters, on the model of a sonata, a suite of musical movements. The experience of reading the whole suite is more powerful than the sum of the separate stories. Perhaps the story-suite is the successor to the floundering form of the modern novel.

By the way, Munro is admittedly a woman writng about women for women to read, but I'm an outdoors guy, a baseball fan, a weight-lifter, and at least until my son was born something of a rascal, despite all of which I rank Alice Munro very high among my favorite fiction writers.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
In The Moons of Jupiter, Munro clearly reveals the universal perplexities of our everyday lives. The characters have a rich realness to them and must be commended for their candid honesty. The strength of this book lies in Munro's ability to create a genuine perspective in which the reader has no choice than to become emotionally connected to the characters. I enjoyed these stories because there are many "grey areas" in which the reader must rely on his own experiences to draw conclusions. There are no definative endings to these stories. They are written in such a way that there is often a fine line between hope and despondence; only the reader's morals and values can recognize one from the other.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Suspense; Just Interesting Character Pieces August 29, 2013
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As usual, Ms. Munro tells these stories of small town characters of past decades with customary people and their emotions in mind. I enjoy reading about what people think and do without the crimes and warring so prevalent in much literature. These stories calm and entertain me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three dimensional women, men not so much April 29, 2013
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What an amazing writer! She captures the complexities, insecurities and emotional ambiguities of women's internal lives. Men seem to be more mysterious, inscrutable and mono-dimensional in these tales. The stories are artfully written. They are a pleasure to read. A great choice for book club discussions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great early Munro November 8, 2013
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These relatively early Alice Munro stories are the best I've read and I am a real fan owning four of her last short story collections in hardback. Although in her last collection she mentions that several stories there are the most "personal," I find the the early stories in the book like "Chaddley's and the Flemings" and "Dulse" to the most emotionally involving of any of the many I've read. Highly recommend to any lovers of the well honed short story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters,characters March 17, 2014
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Alice Munro can choose one action or decision and describe it so well, you can instantly recognize the character. She is all about characters. Unfortunately the stories are not only predictable but trite.
If you are interested primarily in character description, this will be a good read for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odes to Huron County December 25, 2013
By L. King
The short stories of Alice Munro are quiet portrayals of small town women in mid stride sketched in pastels. In this collection there is an overarching theme of present day estrangement and seeking connections with place and past. .

In "Dulse" Lydia takes a mid life pause on an island of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy. A poet and an editor, she's recently been left by live in Duncan whom she self consciously refers to as "a man I used to live with" . "Connection" looks at one half of the narrator's family, through a magical summer visit of the narrator's mother's cousins to Dagliesh in Munro's Huron county remembered through the lens of cousin Iris passing through Vancouver years later on her way to Alaska; the companion piece "A Stone in the Field" recounts a trip up to her father's birthplace looking for the shack of a Mr. Black who died on the property. "Visitors" employs a similar motif where two brothers enjoy a reunion after 30 years and go looking for their old homestead near Hullet swamp, now a conservation area, but no traces remain.

Other stories I'd like to hilite as most enjoyable: The first is the story "Accident" about an affair between two school teachers in 1943 - Francis and Ted - interrupted by the accidental death of Ted's son. "Turkey Season" is a Christmas tale of sorts, about a 14 year old girl working as a turkey gutter observing the antics and complaints of the full timers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book September 23, 2013
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All books by Alice Monro are excellent and this one is no exception. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys great literature!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle and surprisingly saucy, Munro brings her stories to ...
Subtle and surprisingly saucy, Munro brings her stories to tantalising halts - leaves you guessing, the story open to so many interpretations.
Published 17 days ago by Euphegenia Arborist
5.0 out of 5 stars Munro knows us all. She has a way to ...
Munro knows us all. She has a way to see our deepest thoughts and feelings and keep us wondering what her stories are really about until the end. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Patricia Medina
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, depressing stories
Alice Munro writes very good descriptive passages on her characters and locations. The stories flow well, but not interesting to me.
Published 3 months ago by Shopper1844
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
This was the selection of the month for my book club. We all agreed that we liked Alice Munro's writing style and therefore understood why she won the Nobel Prize for Literature,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julia S. Pascu
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Munro
I haven't read all of Munro's books, but several of them, including her latest. They all are great. But the writing in this one, to my taste, is her best. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neil K. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but a touch insipid
The author creates an atmosphere of rural Canada which is quite charming: reminiscent of Annie Proulx or Garrison Keilor on rural USA. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R T Gun
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous stories
This is a marvelous book with excellent stories. The language is excellent, very good ideas on women's life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Isabel Luthy
5.0 out of 5 stars I mean, she's amazing
Munro never disappoints - though this does gear more towards people in the middle of their life. She has an amazing command of the metaphor and description. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Always - wonderful Alice!
A beautiful book, a beautiful story from a genius of a writer. I love her, and I love her work. I will read it all, eventually!
Published 8 months ago by Maggie Bucks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous stories with relationships at the forefront.
Why wouldn't anyone love Alice Munro? Her short stories are the best. I don't have more words to describe the book.
Published 9 months ago by vive la Paris!
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More About the Author

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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