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Carried Away: A Selection of Stories (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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“Munro stands as one of the living colossi of the modern short story, and her Chekhovian realism, her keen psychological insight, her instinctive feel for the emotional arithmetic of domestic life have indelibly stamped contemporary writing.”
—NEW YORK TIMES
“In Alice Munro’s hands, the smallest moments contain the central truths of a lifetime.”
“Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America.”
—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“Captivating . . . Munro does what most writers dream of doing and succeeds at it, page after page, story after story, collection after collection.”
“From a markedly finite number of essential components, Munro rather miraculously spins out countless permutations of desire and despair, attenuated hopes and cloudbursts of epiphany . . . Every one of these
women is different, and that is the wonder of Alice Munro.”
—THE VILLAGE VOICE
“Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time . . . In Munro’s work, grace abounds, but it is strangely disguised: nothing can be predicted. Emotions erupt. Preconceptions crumble. Surprises proliferate. Astonishments leap out. Malicious acts can have positive consequences. Salvation arrives when least expected, and in peculiar forms.”
—from the Introduction by Margaret Atwood
About the Author
Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and two volumes of Selected Stories. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.
Top Customer Reviews
Carried Away is a collection of her best stories up to 2004's Runaway. For those who haven't read her, this is a great place to start. The selection starts with the best from her 1978 collection, Who Do You Think You Are?, and samples her best work throughout the 80's and 90's. Munro herself is from southwest Ontario, Canada, and most of her stories are set here. They are almost an anthropological study of the people there in their precise detail. In fact, Munro is often compared to Chekhov for that detail, the omniscient narrator she often employs, and the placing of moments of epiphany over plot in her hierarchy of literary priorities. She also likes to shift around in time, as well as perspectives, to give the reader a well-rounded view of the story. I especially like this Rashomon-type technique, as it allows the reader to come to the truth despite the subjectivity and biases of the individual characters.
All of the stories collected here are excellent, but the two that close the collection are my favorites. `Runaway' is about an unhappy woman who considers leaving her husband. In this story, all of Munro's techniques are on display to paint a heartbreaking portrait of a woman trying to come to terms with her husband and her life. There are the multiple POVs, the stark and detailed narrative, and the use of letters to reveal a truth.Read more ›
In the last few years Munro has finally received the recognition and acclaim she deserves, including the Nobel Prize in 2013. As this selection demonstrates, her stories are superbly crafted, with seemingly effortless prose. She has a style that is inimitably her own. Her characters are ordinary people, not the sort that the mass media and our celebrity/"beautiful people" culture highlight. There is a fascination, an obsession even, with the past, even when the stories nominally are set in the present. Divorce or some other wrenching interpersonal dislocation looms large for the principal character(s) of most of the stories. Many of the stories move back and forth in time, and many of them use letters to advance at least some of the narrative. There is no explicit sex or violence to titillate or shock the reader in tawdry fashion -- not that the stories are devoid of sex and violence (far from it). In many respects, the stories seem "old-fashioned". But they are rich and many-layered, so much so that I needed to savor each after finishing it rather than immediately going on to the next and it developed that the ideal reading pace was one a day.Read more ›
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Alice Munro should be read by anyone interested in the short story. She makes it a form unto itselfPublished 20 days ago by kid
Alice Munro is such a gifted writer. When I was reading this book I so deeply felt some of it I would take breaks from my reading to assimilate what I'd taken in and saying this... Read morePublished on August 27, 2014 by em
This by far the hardest read I have done in my book club which is only 6 books old. The author does bring characters alive and some stories are captivating, but the stories move... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Surekha Gupta
This is a really nice start if, like me, you have never read any of Alice Munro's books. I am enjoying a story a day and know that I will read more of her when I am finished with... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Karen T Dorn
Perhaps I should have started with an earlier collection, as some readers suggest. And the Moons of Jupiter was excellent, and I enjoyed The Turkey Season. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Robert Schneider
I purchased this novel for a prolific reader along with three other novels to compliment each other. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by lw
More and more, I have been moving to kindle. This Everyman's Library will be one of my most valued hard backs and I will keep it. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Julie Ann Wambach