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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Stories, December 24, 2005
This review is from: Runaway (Paperback)
If you have not read Alice Munro, how I envy you. You have so much pleasure ahead of you. She writes for us about wonder- the wonder of everyday life; the small things; the touching things; the things that make you say, yes, this is the human heart; all of these are her fictional world, much as they are our pasts, and our presents. This is a strong collection and an excellent place to get to know what she is about. After this, explore her backlist. My personal favorite besides this is an early collection called,The Moons of Jupiter, which is still in print in a nice paperbak format. I hope you enjoy discovering her as much as I have.
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Initial post: Feb 22, 2007, 8:38:44 AM PST
Winged Heels says:
Your review made me smile! I'm going to start my long over-due Munro journey today. The wonder of everyday life is what I'm after. Thanks for taking the time to write this!

Posted on Sep 21, 2009, 6:27:23 PM PDT
Marianne says:
Oh, I love her! I'm just reading this, my first Alice Munro book EVER, and have read all but one of the stories. The title story gave me CHILLS . . .

Posted on Jan 25, 2010, 7:21:37 PM PST
Gina says:
:::SPOILER::::

Can you please help me out? The 1st story, Runaway, what happened to the goat? Did Clark kill it? Why did she go back after Sylvia was so kind? :( I was left saddened and felt a bit sick at the end of that story and am not inclined to read more of her work because of it. Maybe I am just too daft to appreciate her work?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2010, 8:41:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2010, 8:43:40 PM PST
!!SPOILER!!

I think Munro leaves that up to you to decide (whether Clark killed it or not). But in my opinion, yes he did kill it (judging from how mean he is to Sylvia and the fact that he never tells Carla that he even saw/had the goat). And the fact that she went back after Sylvia was so kind... I think that's what makes the story so realistic and interesting. I mean, haven't you ever stayed with someone or gone back to someone even though you knew it was wrong? Or at least have heard of someone who has? These stories are not supposed to be "happily ever after" kind of stories with neat endings. They're a reflection of life. They show you a glimpse of real, flawed characters, which is what makes them so genius! Please don't give up on the stories! I hope that helps and encourages you to keep reading Munro!
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