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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospherics, December 8, 2009
This review is from: Too Much Happiness: Stories (Hardcover)
The author's credentials are well known, but that doesn't necessarily translate into an enjoyable reading experience. The problem here is the overemphasis on "atmospherics" at the expense of "plot". Although some of the stories in this collection are extremely well done, an equal number seem pointless--perhaps meant to be admired for their literary pedigree alone? As a result, this is a "slow going" text that requires a substantial expenditure of time with only intermittent rewards.
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Initial post: Jan 13, 2010 11:17:04 AM PST
Windiciti says:
It is refreshing to read Cary B. Barad's review. I haven't read the latest Alice Munro collection, but now I will not beat myself up if I am bored by some of her short stories. This can happen, even with writers whom you greatly admire.
Thank you, Cary B. for your honesty.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2010 3:00:26 AM PST
Dinner Plain says:
I agree with your comments and Carey B's. As a great fan of Alice Munro I borrowed the book from the library, having waited for it with great anticipation, I enjoyed the first part of the book, but found the last story impossible to read and realised I had become disinterested. I didn't finish it and I was pleased that I hadn't bought it.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 9:31:57 AM PDT
I've read 8 of Munro's books. I adore her. This one left me feeling flat....
And, not just because the tone of all the stories are depressing. I didn't feel Munro's voice shining out in almost all these stories, with the exception of "Fiction."
But, if you're a big big fan of hers, as I am, I would still read it....it's a part of her.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 11:41:57 AM PDT
I read this book before and am going to reread it. The stories are dark, but give this reader much to think about.
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