Modern Classics Who Do You Think You Are Paperback – Apr 4 2006
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"Alice Munro's stories are universally admired-if one defines the 'universe' as that part of the world's population that reads good books." - Wayne Johnston
"In Alice Munro’s hands, the smallest moments contain the central truths of a lifetime." - Maclean’s
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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Munro has produced a balance between individual chapter and entire book that would make Sherwood Anderson jealous. The stories are full of subtle situations of all too familiar experiences in which humans test (and fail) to grow and define themselves. It's funny too...funny in a blatant way, funny in a clever way, and funny in a way that makes the reader stop. and be a bit too empathetic.
There are so many themes in this novel, about acting, pretending, roles, communication, regret, and all those other things that try to define who we are.
The title, in itself, is a question of reprimand...yet also a question of serious, deep introspection. This is the tone of the novel, that depending on your tone, life's questions can mean so many different things. A beautiful, beautiful book.
The banal of human life is clearly outlined in the life of "Rose", the main character.