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The Moons of Jupiter (Vintage International) by [Munro, Alice]
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From Publishers Weekly

Themes of heartbreak and the sadness of women aging dominate this collection: in ``The Stone in the Field,'' maiden aunts inhabit a farmhouse, dreading human contact; in ``The Turkey Season,'' a girl paid to gut turkeys observes the sexual carryings-on of adults. According to PW , ``The writer's questioning memory gives us sharp flashes of reality that are so vividly recalled they permit us to live another life for a moment.''

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"She has a touch of genius" Mail on Sunday "Only a few writers continue to create those full-bodied miniature universes of the old school. Some of her short stories are so ample and fulfilling that they feel like novels. They present whole landscapes and cultures, who families of characters" -- Anne Tyler "The writer's questioning memory gives us sharp flashes of reality that are so vividly recalled they permit us to live another life for a moment." Publishers Weekly "Witty, subtle, passionate, The Moons of Jupiter is exceptionally knowledgeable about the content and movement - the entanglements and entailments - of individual human feeling. And the knowledge it offers can't be looked up elsewhere" New York Times "Munro is in a class of her own... No other writer working today is able to invest the humble story with more power, grace or breadth... Munro has been compared to Chekhov... She has the haunting lyricism and the indulgent wisdom to qualify." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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  • File Size: 3214 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (December 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F215HY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I won't tell you what to look for or how to feel when you read Alice Munro. If you've never encountered her before, The Moons of Jupiter is the best place to start, early Munro at the height of her evocative powers. Don't turn to the Selected Stories first. Each of Munro's books is a suite of stories, interlocking in themes and often in characters, on the model of a sonata, a suite of musical movements. The experience of reading the whole suite is more powerful than the sum of the separate stories. Perhaps the story-suite is the successor to the floundering form of the modern novel.

By the way, Munro is admittedly a woman writng about women for women to read, but I'm an outdoors guy, a baseball fan, a weight-lifter, and at least until my son was born something of a rascal, despite all of which I rank Alice Munro very high among my favorite fiction writers.
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In The Moons of Jupiter, Munro clearly reveals the universal perplexities of our everyday lives. The characters have a rich realness to them and must be commended for their candid honesty. The strength of this book lies in Munro's ability to create a genuine perspective in which the reader has no choice than to become emotionally connected to the characters. I enjoyed these stories because there are many "grey areas" in which the reader must rely on his own experiences to draw conclusions. There are no definative endings to these stories. They are written in such a way that there is often a fine line between hope and despondence; only the reader's morals and values can recognize one from the other.
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As usual, Ms. Munro tells these stories of small town characters of past decades with customary people and their emotions in mind. I enjoy reading about what people think and do without the crimes and warring so prevalent in much literature. These stories calm and entertain me.
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These relatively early Alice Munro stories are the best I've read and I am a real fan owning four of her last short story collections in hardback. Although in her last collection she mentions that several stories there are the most "personal," I find the the early stories in the book like "Chaddley's and the Flemings" and "Dulse" to the most emotionally involving of any of the many I've read. Highly recommend to any lovers of the well honed short story
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This was my first foray into Alice Munro's Short Stories. I am a changed woman from reading them. There is really nothing I can add to the numerous descriptions already made about Munro's writing, her stories, her characters. Examples that come closest to describing the experience of these stories are "piercingly lovely" ; "endlessly surprising"; "magical exhilaration". After I completed the book, I returned to the beginning on my Kindle and re-read all the accolades by numerous newspaper/magazine reviewers - all were spot on. Don't just read their reviews, really digest them to fully prepare yourself for the stories you are about to read, all about incredible, every day women. This is one of those rare times I know I shall re-read the entire book again - I don't think anyone can fully digest the content of each story the first go-round. I was highlighting poignant passages throughout the stories - examples:

"She hadn't got fatter or thinner, her looks had not deteriorated in any alarming way, but nevertheless she had stopped being one sort of woman and had become another, and she had noticed it on this trip."

"She felt as if she were muffled up, wrapped in layers and layers of dull knowledge, well protected. It wasn't altogether a bad thing - if left your mind unclouded. Speculation can be more gentle, can take its time, when it is not driven by desire."

"With him she could foresee doors opening, to what she knew and had forgotten; rooms and landscapes opening. The rainy evenings, a country with creeks and graveyards, and chokecherry and finches in the fence-corners.
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I haven't read all of Munro's books, but several of them, including her latest. They all are great. But the writing in this one, to my taste, is her best. Consider the first paragraph of the book, which includes this long, but awe-inspiring sentence: "In those days it seemed to be the thing for women's bodies to swell and ripen to a good size twenty, if they were getting anything at all out of life; then, accoding to class and aspirations, they would either sag and loosen, go wobbly as custard under pale print dresses and damp aprons, or be girded into shapes whose firm curves and proud slopes had nothing to do with sex, everything to do with rights and power." After reading that I had to just sit back and savor her remarkable artistry, let the glow settle a while before reading on. Can't recommend this one enough.
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What an amazing writer! She captures the complexities, insecurities and emotional ambiguities of women's internal lives. Men seem to be more mysterious, inscrutable and mono-dimensional in these tales. The stories are artfully written. They are a pleasure to read. A great choice for book club discussions.
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