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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (June 24 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143051431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143051435
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alice Munro has total recall and a painter's eye. She understands almost perfectly the world of a child. And she has an incredible eye for the Canadian landscape.— -- Saturday Night --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published sixteen books — Dance of the Happy Shades; Lives of Girls and Women, Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You; Who Do You Think You Are?; The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Friend of My Youth; Open Secrets; Selected Stories; The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; Alice Munro’s Best, Too Much Happiness, and Dear Life. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the recent Nobel Prize in Literature which cited her as “a master of the contemporary short story.”
 
Here at home she has won too many awards to list, including three Governor General’s Literary Awards, two Giller Prizes, several Trillium Prizes and a number of Libris Awards. Elsewhere she has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, Italy’s Pescara prize, the United States’ National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.
 
Alice Munro divides her time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Warrick Wynne on Jan. 25 2001
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I hadnt read much Alice Munro before but I was very impressed with this collection of stories. There's a wonderful understatement about the entire collection, but each story resonates with its own life and people. I loved the melancholy and moody landscapes, the other-worlds of women and children mainly on farms and villages.
I think good stories create their own unique life; after all, why else would we care about characters who we meet and get to know so briefly? But we DO care about the characters; somehow they matter and though nothing is resolved sometimes, somehow everything has changed. The ordinary transformed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Dore-brown on Nov. 28 2013
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This is my first Munro book and I am most impressed. The stories are easily read and thorough in it's content. They are of an era that you can read and relate to. It's of no wonder that she received a Nobel prize.
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By Marion Wanklin on March 14 2014
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Have read before.This version left out any descriptions of the penis.Otherwise excellent as are all of her works.I have read them all.
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By NING CHEN on Oct. 6 2014
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Good book.
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Intimate and Touching Jan. 25 2001
By Warrick Wynne - Published on Amazon.com
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I hadnt read much Alice Munro before but I was very impressed with this collection of stories. There's a wonderful understatement about the entire collection, but each story resonates with its own life and people. I loved the melancholy and moody landscapes, the other-worlds of women and children mainly on farms and villages.
I think good stories create their own unique life; after all, why else would we care about characters who we meet and get to know so briefly? But we DO care about the characters; somehow they matter and though nothing is resolved sometimes, somehow everything has changed. The ordinary transformed.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
You're in Luck! Oct. 22 2006
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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If you haven't read Alice Munro before, you're in luck! you have some ten volumes of the best writing in English to select from! This collection includes some of Munro's earliest stories, at least as early as 1968, and one of her best known, "The Red Dress". It's a good starting place. If you've already read Munro's later story-suites, such as Runaway, then you'll be intrigued to find a less distinctive but equally crafty word-artist in Happy Shades. The stories in this collection are less interpenetrating, less like a novel in the form of a suite, than in other collections, but that's not a flaw, just a difference. One story (I won't declare which) ranks in my mind as a classic equal to any in English. If a short-story writer is ever to win the Nobel Prize, in my opinion it should be Alice Munro.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unabashed joy for an unabashed fan! March 4 2007
By Steven W. Mccornack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If I could write a letter to Ms Munro, it would simply say...thank you for sharing your gift, and then probably, quit reading your fan mail and write some more short stories! Munro's gift is to make the simplest tale accessible to every reader, and whatever twists and turns she may take you on, your brain in sheer delight will exclaim..."of course!" She is capable of making the most isolated 1930's farm come alive to modern urban condo dwellers. Like a Rosetta stone of feeling and emotion, she allows the readers to inhabit the characters fully, regardless of gender or personality or circumstance. This collection is further evidence and testament to that gift, and of that genius. Write on, Ms Munro, write on!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Introduction to the Author's Early Career, and A Lot of Her Best Work March 9 2011
By Reader in Tokyo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book came out in 1968 and contained 15 short stories. It was the first of the 12 or so collections of short works Munro has published to date.

The stories here were set in farmlands or small towns, presumably in Ontario's back country. The collection showed a range of narrative voices: in the first person by girls, although it was clear the narrators were adults and recalling events from childhood; by adult women, married or unmarried; and even a teenage boy. And in the third person, either omniscient or following the viewpoint of a woman or girl. Eleven of the pieces were written in the first person, and for me these were where the author's work was most memorable, particularly when she was speaking through the girls, recalling the past.

Examples included "Boys and Girls," in which the narrator recalled, amid a description of her farming childhood, a growing awareness of differences in the expectations for each sex; sensitivity was allowed only for girls, and not necessarily approved even then. And "Walker Brothers Cowboy," in which the narrator recalled a visit with her traveling salesman father to the father's old flame, with much emotion apparent but left unexpressed. For me, these were the standouts. Other stories covered a narrator's attending a school dance, a piano recital, and the first experience with alcohol.

What I enjoyed most in the pieces was the sensitivity to the passing of time; the strong moral sense, understated but present, as in the title story; attention to the complexities of family ties and girls' experience; a sharp ear for the way people speak; and a strong feeling for small-town life, which wouldn't be out of place in the American South. Where people knew everyone else's business, and a highlight for children was to visit the local pond or play in the cemetery. Even down to the "soft-drink bottling plant, some new ranch-style houses and a Tastee-Freez." Where men spoke as little as possible, when they weren't raising hell or playing practical jokes on each other, and women shared their emotional lives mainly with other women. One thing that felt left out was any reference to church as the center of the older women's social lives.

It was remarkable in these stories how remote the world of the women -- the main focus -- was from that of the men; after early childhood, their paths didn't often appear to intersect. Some of the stories contained families where the fathers or husbands were absent. On the other hand, mothers were frequently distant, sick and troublesome, while fathers were humorous, good with people and admired.

Besides the fathers in some of the stories, few indeed of the male characters were prominent or likeable. In some of the longer stories, the narrator's memories and descriptions seemed to go on and on; it was more of an effort to finish the last few. But even the least interesting of these often contained something striking.

The stories in the present collection were written between the mid-/late 1950s and 1968. In the pieces, there were occasional flashes forward and backward, but they were brief and the stories were mostly linear. Compared to works published later in the author's career, there was an absence of multiple story lines or extended jumps back and forth in time. Nor was there any questioning of a narrator's early memories, or mixing of third- and first-person narratives. Or anything focused on a narrator's partner and children, or set outside the back country or before the author's lifetime. Yet with a few exceptions, it was the stories in this early volume -- much less elaborate than the author's stories in later collections -- that were the most moving for this reader.
One of her best! June 5 2014
By Kenneth R. Jurek - Published on Amazon.com
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You cannot go wrong with Alice Munro's short stories. Realistic, dreamy, fantastic, simple, complex - her stories are all that and more.

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