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5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful, you hardly know that it hurts., August 6, 2006
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Munro is an absolutely gorgeous writer. I was discussing this book with some friends over dinner and we all realized that the more we talked, the more sadness we saw in the stories. The prose is so luminous and the characters are so real, it is easy to forget the quiet and unquiet desperation that their lives are describing.

Runaway seems to be a meditation on several themes. The obvious one is the idea of flight. Her characters flee in a multitude of ways-- successfully, unsuccessfully, with large rebellion and small. Small town life with all its constraints and beauty is explored through the context of young women trying to come to terms with its limitations.

This book would be suitable for anyone who is a lover of strong character-driven fiction (short or otherwise). If you read and appreciate writers like Marilynne Robinson, then this will likely be a book for you. It will be high on my list of books to be given as a gift this year.
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Initial post: Jan 25, 2010 7:18:35 PM PST
Gina says:
:::SPOILER::::

Can you please help me out? The 1st story, Runaway, what happened to the goat? Did Clark kill it? Why did she go back after Sylvia was so kind? :( I was left saddened and felt a bit sick at the end of that story and am not inclined to read more of her work because of it. Maybe I am just too daft to appreciate her work?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2010 8:35:56 PM PST
frumiousb says:
It's a sad sad story, as I remember. Munro's work can be very sad, and that isn't for everyone. I don't want to put too many spoilers here in these comments, since the fate of the goat is an important twist-- but as for why does she go back-- why do women ever go back to abusive relationships?
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