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Dear Life: Stories Hardcover – Oct 13 2012

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771064861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771064869
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trillium Award Finalist - 2013

"It has become practically de rigeur to refer to Munro as 'our Chekhov'... But at this point in Munro's career, how much can it add? What is certain is this: She is our Munro. And how fortunate we are to call her that." -- New York Times Book Review

About the Author

ALICE MUNRO is the author of twelve collections of stories -- the most recent of which are Runaway, The View From Castle Rock, and Too Much Happiness -- as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and Selected Stories. Among the many awards and prizes she has received are: three Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes in Canada; the Rea Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize, Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. The author lives in Clinton, Ontario.

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As so many have said before, her writing is taut, both elegant and elegiac, and surprises the reader with crafty new uses of familiar words. And gives the reader much to ponder -- usually of vanished times but yet so current emotions.
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When I drove through the quiet towns of Ontario I used to wonder who live there and what they do for a living. Of course these towns have changed from the time when Mumro wrote this book (a lot of them maybe more deserted, which is sad). But I belive you don't have to grow up in Canada to understand the people in this book. Many of these stories remind me of my mother and her friends living in towns of China, twenty years ago: Life may be simple and satisfying, but can change because of a slightest thought.
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Ms. Munro is my hero. I'm not going to mince my words. Such talent deserves to be recognized as extraordinary.

But her talent comes not from flash and flourish. Ms. Munro's stories are insightful and get under the skin. They ring true because of the immense literary background from which they come.

Other reviewers will latch onto the details. I can only say: begin reading Alice Munro. If you love the short story form, it is imperative you read the very best.
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Munro writes real people, as though she knows them, and she probably does. I finish her stories with mixed feelings; disappointment that I don't get to spend more time with the people she's introduced me to, and a sense of ponderousness, that I must have missed something, because the moral she is pointing out is not the one I got from the story two sentences before. Really enjoyable reading, and the last story is truly revealing.
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Great stories. Gripping from the first paragraph with unexpected endings that often leave you thinking. Always about simple life situations that she manages to portray in very unusual and interesting ways.
She is a very creative writer
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I literally could not put this book down. I actually got up in the night to keep reading it. Until her recent Pulitzer Prize I had not read any Munro but suffice to say I won't stop now until I have read it all. The language she uses is simple but mesmerizing. You are drawn in fascination to each character in each story - and identify in some small way with every one of them. The title is Dear Life, but could easily be Our Lives. A gem. Thank you, Alice.
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In "Dear Life," Alice Munro deliberately leaves crucial backstory sketchy or fills it in at incongruent points in the narrative. She embraces a fragmentary quality. She marks her plots with abrupt departure, eerie premonitions and personalities twisted by religious ideals. But her style does not produce a jarring or disjointed collection; rather, it captures the qualities of memory and consciousness and reveals startling character types with stark if not surreal insight.

In one story, a soldier leaps off the back of a passenger train just before it delivers him to a long-anticipated reunion with his fiancée. In another, a love affair between a wealthy eccentric and a married architect builds to a shattering revelation. In another still, a young policeman, forced to care for his ailing wife, becomes quiet­ly obsessed with a religious teenager who disappears in a blizzard. These near-Gothic story lines feature violence, illness or ruined reputations and show how a seemingly inconsequential detail in life can either torment or liberate.

Stories often come to harrowing conclusions that feel both inevitable and cathartic. Munro consistently restores unquiet order and shows that life goes on. Sort of.
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This is Alice Munro's specialty, the short story. A must read for Canadians and any else who loves a well-written story.
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