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Too Much Happiness Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 17, 2009
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With each book of hers that I have read (and I have read them all!) I think that she has reached her zenith. Yet, with each new publication, I find her newest work better than her previous publications. Her work is glorious. At the rate she's going now, her zenith may be light years away.
I find the metaphor of looking into a tide pool an apt one for describing the stories of Ms. Munro. A tide pool is a microcosm of the ocean, yet it has a certain stasis and life of its own. It is a living organism, relating to the macrocosm of life in many ways. The tide pool contains living species of fish, reptiles and crustaceans, all delineated by their own life cycle which can change with the tides or with the events of weather. Ms. Munro's stories are like this. She will take a small microcosm of life and show how it has enduring and lifelong effects - effects which may be immediately observable or which may not be obvious for decades.
'Too Much Happiness' is a collection of ten short stories, each wonderful in their own right and each one as rich and nuanced as a novel. Many of them deal with similar themes - paradox, movement through time, repercussions of impulse, regret, acts of horror and relationships.Read more ›
Take, for example, the haunting story "Child's Play", about two young girls and a special needs child. Munro writes: "Children of course are monstrously conventional, repelled at whatever is off-center, out of whack, unmanageable." In a brief sentence, she dispels the notion of childhood innocence and flexibility and reveals children for what they are: afraid of what is strange.
Or take a quote from the signature story, Too Much Happiness: "When a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind. When a woman goes out, she carries everything that happened in the room along with her." Does this writer understand the human condition or WHAT?
Munro draws her readers deftly into a sort of alternative world, where the people ring true, the situations, even when bizarre, seem real, and the recognitions are surprisingly of oneself. There is much pain in these stories; in Dimensions, a woman who must soldier on after her husband murders her three children. In Wenlock Edge -- in my mind, one of the best in the collection -- a college student feels compelled to read to a benefactor stark naked, and endure a humiliation that will likely always affect the way she views literature and learning. In Deep-Holes, a mother must cope with a flipped-out adult son who condemns her for not being "useful in life." And in Face, a boy with a deformed face connects and separates with a childhood friend who performs self-mutilation.Read more ›
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a fantastic pile of stories. i loved them all. but i am pretty sane, and only after a lot of therapy. do not read if you are depressed or flirting with a breakdown. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Elaine Schramm
Munro is the master story teller. You seem to know the characters well within a couple of pages, the story often takes a different direction from what you expect and she leaves... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Deley
I started the collection on audiobook during a road trip, and finished it on paper. Listening to a story is a curious experience: you have no idea how long each it is going to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roger Brunyate
You never quite know where you're headed with a Munro story, but it will always be somewhere spectacular, where it takes your breath away. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Ang
A very good read, the amazing talent and skill by Alice Munro to write with so distinctive language. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maya
Of the four or five Munro books I’ve read, this is probably my favorite. It’s got a little more action — a mass killer, a character with an interesting sexual fetish, some more... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark