- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (May 7, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780679732716
- ISBN-13: 978-0679732716
- ASIN: 0679732713
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose Paperback – May 7, 1991
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"Whether Alice Munro's The Beggar Maid is a collection of stories or a new kind of novel I'm not quite sure, but whatever it is, it's wonderful. The psychological precision...is a delight, and the startling twists -- the unexpected leaps in time, the transformation of familiar characters -- they make the book what books ought to be, a little wild, a little mysterious." -- John Gardner
In this exhilarating series of interweaving stories, Alice Munro re-creates the evolving bond -- one that is both constricting and empowering -- between two women in the coupe of almost forty years. One is Flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. The other is Rose, Flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow-in spite of Flo's ridicule and ghastly warnings -- leaves the small town she grew up in to achieve her own equivocal success in the larger world.
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es of interweaving stories, Munro recreates the evolving bond between two women in the course of almost forty years. One is Flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. the other is Rose, Flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow leaves the small town she grew up in to achieve her own equivocal success in the larger world.
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Take an Alice Munro collection to bed with you, read one story a night and you will have a cozy bed fellow for quite some time .
Unfortunately, after the next story, which is, at worst, very good, the rest take on a very samey air. Rose loses the defiance and individuality that endeared her to me so much in The Beggar Maid. For several stories Rose is just sitting around, waiting on a man. There are still strong observation tucked into these stories, but Rose seems almost disconnected from the action--it's just happening to her, and unfortunately, what's happening to her is basically the same thing over and over. Things pick up a bit when she goes back home to Flo, but the Rose who had come into such sharp focus in The Beggar Maid remains a fairly indistinct figure until the book's end. Bummer.