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Carried Away: A Selection of Stories (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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—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
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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 ›
Because of its compact nature, I find myself thrown headlong into a Munro story from the very first sentence and there's no letting go till the very last word. But the story doesn't just end there; it continues to resonate in your consciousness and you have to take a breather before you plunge into the next story.
This collection is a broad overview of a career that has spanned more than 40 years, and arranged chronologically. So it's interesting to see how she progressed from the viewpoint of a young girl in 'Royal Beatings' to that of an elderly couple in the last story 'The Bear Came Over the Mountain' (made into the movie 'Away from Her')from the 2001 collection 'Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage'.
In that titular story, a seemingly conventional schoolgirl prank of fake love letters lead to an unusually happy ending for the misguided couple, while the conspiratorial guilty parties fall apart. The story of a small bookshop owner with an unhappy past is interspersed with the story of an American traveller who is taken captive and then adopted by a tribe, which is overlaid by the bookshop owner's own relationship with a hippie couple in 'The Albanian Virgin'.Read more ›
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First, because Alice Munro is one of the very best short story writers. Well, that may be a tad too restrictive: she is one of the very best writers of fiction, period. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. M. Peterson
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