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Friend of My Youth: Stories Paperback – May 7, 1991
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Top Customer Reviews
How does she do it? I think of fine American writers of the South, like Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers, and she is their equal in terms of their insights into the human condition. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter brilliantly depicts the quiet sorrows and loneliness of several individuals' lives. Munro is brilliant in this regard also, but what truly sets her apart is the sheer range of her characters, the constant originality of her material, and how she is able to distill the intensity of a novel, such as McCullers' classic, into a mere 25 page short story.
"Friend of My Youth" was first published in 1990, still in the first half of her oeuvre.Read more ›
real as any that walk on land, as multifaceted and confused as you or I. Munro's shocking control of the English language and profound understanding of human
nature make these ten stories among the most important of the twentieth century.
This common theme became too hard to bear after a while. After reading the book i felt overexposed to this (seemingly) widespread malaise of society. The writing is fine, and the character development is excellent (i can only imagine how hard it must be to achieve this in a short story), but i wish Alice Munro had explored other human passions and/or vices apart from infidelity.
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Alice Munro exquisitely writes stories about interesting and complex characters. Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by Retired Reader
This is a phenomenal collection of short stories. There are 10 separate stories but many are interconnected. Loved it!!Published 14 months ago by slcsupermom
The title story is especially strange in many ways. I am not sure how the title tied to the story itself, not unlike a lot of her stories. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alinna W. Lee
Everything Alice Munro is well worth your time. Very enjoyable and highly relatable.Published 20 months ago by staghead
I just found this terribly boring. I seldom don't finish a book, but this was one.Published 22 months ago by SusieG
I read Alice Munro before she became a Nobel Prize and when she got it, I felt that this ultimate recognition of her talents was very much deserved. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by judith manoff