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"People have thoughts they'd sooner not have. It happens in life."
, November 14, 2012
This review is from: Dear Life: Stories (Vintage International) (Kindle Edition)
This quote is from my favorite part of the book, the last four stories that Munor refers to as the closest to an autobiography she intends to write. In them she recounts a life with a humor and a depth of thought that reveal the thoughtfullness of her view of other people. The quote above is her father's response to her revelation to him that she had had late night insomnia in fear of an impulse she had had that she might strangle her sister. Munro was young, and clearly in no danger of homicide, but his considered answer is endearing and powerful and served to calm her.
I think Munro takes this view with her characters, along with her closing remark that we often say we will never forgive ourselves, but we do. In her stories, she chooses cameos of a life to examine in spare but rich language that allow us easily to picture both the narrator and the subject. So often love or connection comes so close, only to falter in a minute. The sudden veerings from the lives of relationships are fairly harrowing to me however.
Best I like the stolen glances at the heart of a conversation or look. In her autobiographical "night", she talks about the sight of a young girl sitting on a stair bemoaning the unfairness of an occurrence at a dance. It develops that she was a young prostitute made not welcome, but the salient feature to Munro was the crooning of the young soldiers that all would be well. One can summon the deep longing of a young girl to be the subject of that consolation. These glimpses are the things that make me hold this group of stories in high regard.
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