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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Alice Munro
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Readers know what they are going to get when they pick up an unfamiliar Alice Munro collection, and yet almost every page carries a bounty of unexpected action, feeling, language, and detail. Her stories are always unique, blazing an invigorating originality out of her seemingly commonplace subjects. Each collection develops her oeuvre in increments, subtly expanding her range.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is, of course, no exception. It is a fairly conservative collection of nine stories, none of which move far beyond Munro's favored settings: the tiny towns and burgeoning cities of southern Ontario and British Columbia. There are glimpses of youth here--in the title story, an epistolary prank by two teenage girls leads to a one-sided cross country elopement and, seemingly, a happy marriage, and in "Nettles," disrupted childhood affection fleetingly returns through a chance meeting--but most of these pieces are stories of aging women and men, confronting the twin travails of death and late love. As is always the case with Munro, their plots are too elegantly elaborate to summarize, and their unsentimental power is a given; baroque praise would be futile. Read these stories--it is the only way to really understand the miracles that Munro so regularly performs. --Jack Illingworth

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A writer of Munro's ilk hardly needs a hook like the intriguing title of her 10th collection to pull readers into her orbit. Serving as a teasing introduction to these nine brilliantly executed tales, the range of mentioned relationships merely suggests a few of the nuances of human behavior that Munro evokes with the skill of a psychological magician. Johanna Parry, the protagonist of the title story, stands alone among her fictional sisters in achieving her goal by force of will. A rough, uneducated country girl, blatantly plain ("her teeth were crowded into the front of her mouth as if they were ready for an argument"), she seems doomed to heartbreak because of a teenager's trick, but the bracingly ironic denouement turns the reader's dire expectations into glee. The women in the other stories generally cannot control their fate. Having finally been reunited with the soul mate of her youth, the narrator of "Nettles" discovers that apparently benevolent fate can be cruel. In a similar moment of perception that signals the end of hope, Lorna in "Post and Beam" realizes that she is condemned to a life of submission to her overbearing, supercilious husband; ironically, her frowsy country cousin envies Lorna's luck in escaping their common origin. In nearly every story, there's a contrast between the behavior and expectations of country people and those who have made it to Toronto or Vancouver. Regardless of situation, however, the basics of survival are endured in stoic sorrow. Only the institutionalized wife of a philanderer in "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" manages to outwit her husband, and she has to lose her sanity to do it. All of the stories share Munro's characteristic style, looping gracefully from the present to the past, interpolating vignettes that seem extraneous and bringing the strands together in a deceptively gentle windup whose impact takes the breath away. Munro has few peers in her understanding of the bargains women make with life and the measureless price they pay. (Nov.)Forecast: Munro's collections are true modern classics, as the 75,000 first printing of her latest attests. Expect vigorous sales.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (May 25 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZZH4HS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystalline view of human nature March 27 2002
Why would I impulsively urge teenagers to resist [other books]and read Alice Munro? Because, I suspect, they'd be lucky to be set anything that good in post-modern high school.
Munro plunged early into her first marriage and child bearing. There was more to her than the "reproductive daze, swamped by maternal juices", to borrow her sarcasm. She was not drowning, but saving ammunition. She published her first book at 37 and is still there at 70.
Language, sex, love, marriage, fate and death - Munro knows all their rhymes. The title for her 11th book comes from an imagined girls' game, along the lines of he loves me-he loves me not.
The leading situations of the stories appear simple, repetitive even.
Johanna, a stolid home-help, is lured onto the cross-Canada train by faked courtship letters. A widow has to settle affairs after her husband's planned suicide. Suffering cancer, a wife savours a single kiss with a cocky youth. One aspiring writer discovers new slants on sin and death, and another rediscovers a now-married childhood sweetheart.
While one young mother realises the smallness of her married life, another discerns the subtle point of a one-day affair. An older woman puzzles over the fate of Queenie, her lost stepsister.
Routinely, Munro stories take 30-40 pages to get from A to B and back through A again. She is a competitive writer in the best sense, almost preferring death to a failure to engage. She is determined to create some reverberations that the dutiful reader cannot help but absorb.
In Munro, I will accommodate habits that are annoying in lesser writers. I don't mind hearing one more time how she found her vocation. No matter if a single story wants to wander wilfully over three generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was great to get this book July 10 2014
By janet
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It was great to get this book. "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" fills an important gep in a collection. Interest was sparked by the film based on "The Bear Went Over The Mountain" short story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is no-one happy! Dec 14 2013
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Of course the English language was beautiful - wonderful way with words - but surely since Alice Munro seems to have such a happy life, she must know some normal - happy people - people with happy marriages - people that enjoy life.
I only finished reading this book because it was our Book Club's choice - but I'd never read it for pleasure
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine stories, most displaying the depth of a novel March 14 2002
Alice Munro is the eminent Canadian award winning author of international fame. It is remarkable to find that Alice Munro is the only living author with a full-time professional career spent in writing short fiction. Her standards and her talent are quite breathtaking.
She pours into each of her short stories the feeling of various Canadian regions and their characters, while offering appurtenance to the lives of her readers around the world. This is definitely not provincial writing, but worldly.
In addition, she delivers the depth of a novel into many of her short works. Her new collection contains seven stories of roughly the same length,each around thirty pages,with two novellas of around 50 pages each serving as bookends. They are a treat.
First off, Marriage, takes place in a small town when trains still joined communities and people wrote letters. It starts with a woman, Johanna, who wants to ship furniture to Saskatchewan. For why? Everyone is curious. Half the town knows the stationmaster personally, and guesswork pours over coffee cups. By end of the story we learn Johanna could have benefited from the advice a Toronto judge recently gave a neophyte lawyer, Don't ever assume anything.
Floating Bridge is next. An Ontario woman named Jinny examines the reasons for her petty anger, out of which she comes to terms with her cancer. In a story called Comfort, religious-right creationists edge their way into a school, and begin to make life uncomfortable for a science instructor teaching evolution.
What is Remembered, set in Vancouver and Victoria concerns the chance meeting between a bush pilot-doctor and a woman who has just attended the funeral of her husband's friend who may have committed suicide.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the run fun. Jan. 1 2002
What I love about short stories is that they are short. The writer, if good at his/her craft, has to get to it, now. No beating around the proverbial bush. And so it is with Alice Munro's "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories". Heck, the title is almost as long as several of the stories told within.
This is the first Alice Munro collection that I have had the pleasure of reading. I'm hooked.
Like home cooking. Her folksy dialogues and her excellent characterizations, ie; "Her teeth were crowded to the front of her mouth as if they were ready for an argument.", quickly endeared me to her writing style. Her simple words and discriptions made me feel warm and cozy.
This is the kind of book that you can pack around with you. When it comes time for your lunch break at work, you can haul out the book and read a complete story. This is good stuff for someone who is forever on the run, like me! Cammy Diaz, lawyer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the usual
No surprises. Same old, same old from Munro. But I could only read one of the short stories (book club choice); not a short story fan.
Published 3 months ago by meg Canadian fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Alice, show me some passion!
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro's latest collection of nine short stories is a languid, slow journey through the rather unremarkable lives of... Read more
Published on April 24 2002 by "rraimee"
3.0 out of 5 stars An Antidote for Insomnia
Word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence ... a great wordsmith. I just kept waiting for something to happen. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Disliked the Book
I purchased this book because it sounded interesting. I'd like to hear why anyone liked it. In fact, after I read each story I had to go to the book cover: "Oh, that was... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2002 by Naoma Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Munro in Full Bloom
Though some may call this a collection of short stories, when I finished reading each selection, I felt as though I had read a novel in beautiful miniature. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Gently Poignant
Alice Munro writes with a skillful hand. How enjoyable! How absolutely enjoyable! I found the several stories that comprise her book to be quite inspiring. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
Alice Munro's short stories don't always impress me -- some seem too sedate, others too offbeat. However, this collection was very enjoyable. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2001
To the book's credit, the stories contained in this book are once again original, as is the custom with Alice Munro. That is what earned the book the three stars it received. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001 by Sandra D. Peters
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