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Too Much Happiness (Vintage International) Paperback – November 2, 2010
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With each book of hers that I have read (and I have read them all!) I think that she has reached her zenith. Yet, with each new publication, I find her newest work better than her previous publications. Her work is glorious. At the rate she's going now, her zenith may be light years away.
I find the metaphor of looking into a tide pool an apt one for describing the stories of Ms. Munro. A tide pool is a microcosm of the ocean, yet it has a certain stasis and life of its own. It is a living organism, relating to the macrocosm of life in many ways. The tide pool contains living species of fish, reptiles and crustaceans, all delineated by their own life cycle which can change with the tides or with the events of weather. Ms. Munro's stories are like this. She will take a small microcosm of life and show how it has enduring and lifelong effects - effects which may be immediately observable or which may not be obvious for decades.
'Too Much Happiness' is a collection of ten short stories, each wonderful in their own right and each one as rich and nuanced as a novel. Many of them deal with similar themes - paradox, movement through time, repercussions of impulse, regret, acts of horror and relationships.Read more ›
Take, for example, the haunting story "Child's Play", about two young girls and a special needs child. Munro writes: "Children of course are monstrously conventional, repelled at whatever is off-center, out of whack, unmanageable." In a brief sentence, she dispels the notion of childhood innocence and flexibility and reveals children for what they are: afraid of what is strange.
Or take a quote from the signature story, Too Much Happiness: "When a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind. When a woman goes out, she carries everything that happened in the room along with her." Does this writer understand the human condition or WHAT?
Munro draws her readers deftly into a sort of alternative world, where the people ring true, the situations, even when bizarre, seem real, and the recognitions are surprisingly of oneself. There is much pain in these stories; in Dimensions, a woman who must soldier on after her husband murders her three children. In Wenlock Edge -- in my mind, one of the best in the collection -- a college student feels compelled to read to a benefactor stark naked, and endure a humiliation that will likely always affect the way she views literature and learning. In Deep-Holes, a mother must cope with a flipped-out adult son who condemns her for not being "useful in life." And in Face, a boy with a deformed face connects and separates with a childhood friend who performs self-mutilation.Read more ›
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Author kills the little kids in first story.. Makes Medea look restrained. Waste of paper. Downer. Doesn't deserve a star.Published 6 hours ago by Marjorie. Kaspar
Each story in the book held me spellbound. I wanted each one to continue . Even so, each ending brought me either a bubble of delight or a pinch of sadness. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Teresa
Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro, is a surprising collection of short stories. Munro has the unique ability to take an everyday situation and impart a strangeness to it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Eric Maroney
Great collection of stories by a master writer; clear why she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Eddie Scannell
Great collection, a really interesting mix of characters and moods.Published 15 days ago by Patty Jenkins
Sometimes I feel like I must not get short stories. I see the same patterns in Munros stories: lots of back story, fine detail, awkward ending. Read morePublished 17 days ago by K Grubb
Varied stories, all kept my interest until the end. I would love to read 'sequels' to several of the stories in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This supposedly is not her best work. I listened to the book on audiobooks--she has a way of capturing oddities of day to day life, with a biographical style that allows us to see... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Damon LABarbera
A wonderful collection ofshort stories by a Nobel lauriate. I really enjoyed reading it....Published 3 months ago by Dan E. Turnquist