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I nominate Munro for the Nobel Prize,
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This review is from: The Moons of Jupiter (Paperback)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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Initial post: Jan 8, 2008 12:56:05 AM PST
H. Schneider says:
Thanks for the hint, will follow it up!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2013 7:08:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2013 7:08:50 AM PDT
Gregory Smart says:
Well, you nominated her and today (7 years later) she won the Nobel Prize!
Posted on Oct 10, 2013 9:33:16 AM PDT
Steven A. May says:
your nomination was heard!
Posted on Oct 10, 2013 11:13:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2013 11:14:18 PM PDT
Urbun Scrawler says:
You, Sir, are astute, uncommonly perceptive, and have excellent taste. The only point on which I take issue is saying that Munro is a woman writing for women; that implies that women are only interested in women's stories, whereas both sexes are interested in men's stories. Clearly that isn't the case, but unfortunately, women's fiction too frequently evokes contempt prior to investigation: men don't want to read a book by a woman because they're mostly not interested in what women write about: relationships and children. (I have to agree in that regard, since marriage and childbearing were never goals of mine.)
Athough Munro writes a lot about relationships and families, she does so in such a way that you never feel as if her women were two-dimensional characters whose sole function was to be caregiver or sexual object. Her women, though many of them are trapped by society, generation, locale, or socioeconomic standing, have rich interior lives full of longing, fierce intelligence, courage, and a dream of something bigger than they're allowed to be. They are very much the main character of their stories even though the men in it may have the upper hand; they're invincible on the inside even when they're imprisoned in their outer lives.
I couldn't have been more thrilled when Alice Munro, queen of the impeccable short story, finally got her crown.
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