boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage giftguide Countdown to Black Friday in Home & Kitchen Auto Kindle Black Friday Deals Week in Music SGG Home, Kitchen and Garden Gift Guide
Start reading Penguin Modern Classics Lives Of Girls And Women on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for

Penguin Modern Classics Lives Of Girls And Women [Kindle Edition]

Alice Munro
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: CDN$ 13.99 includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Sold by: Penguin Group USA
This price was set by the publisher

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books even without a Kindle device with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets, and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Page of Start over
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel, please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

Product Description

From Amazon

Lives of Girls and Women is nearly always recommended as an ideal introduction to Alice Munro. Everyone who preaches this doctrine knows that it is doing Munro a bit of a disservice: Lives of Girls and Women is her only novel, and it is certainly not her best work. Nonetheless, it is a seductive book, one that consistently turns dabblers into Munro devotees.

Munro follows the late childhood and adolescence of Del Jordan, an intelligent girl growing up in Jubilee, Ontario (one of the most palpable fictional towns in all of Canadian fiction) in the 1940s. Del is ordinary enough--she doesn't fit into her community, but this is the lot of any gifted child in a small, working-class town. Her father raises silver foxes for a living, her mother (a tentative feminist living in a decidedly traditionalist community) drives the back roads trying to sell encyclopedias to farmers. Del's passage through the usual travails of growing up (family deaths, lost friends, the awkward beginnings of sexuality) is rendered with extraordinary skill. It is easy to find compassionate writers, but the Munro of Lives of Girls and Women is a much more valuable find: a writer blessed with empathy, humour, and even cruelty. She can lovingly eviscerate her characters when it is necessary, yet never slips into the lazy shorthand of caricature. Some of her short story collections are better made (Open Secrets and Who Do You Think You Are?, for example), but the scope of Lives of Girls and Women makes it one of Munro's most memorable books. --Jack Illingworth


"...Munro brilliantly captures the initial tremors of this profound social transition." - Toronto Star

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (June 28 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052FX6JA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What an amazing book! This not merely a good book for middle-aged women, or good instruction for girls, or any such claptrap. To label Munro as good "women's lit" is demeaning to women and demeaning to "The Lives of Girls and Women." (Plus it makes men who enjoy reading her a bit funny.) It's a great book! In any category!
Munro is a master of characterization and narrative structure. Del's description of her mother, for example, reveals: (1) Del's feeling of discomfort at her own place within Jubilee's hierarchy and environment; Del wants to fit in, and her mother embodies the eccentric within her own self. (2) Del's mother's strengths, pulling herself from abject poverty, putting herself through school, starting her own business in conservative postwar rural Canada - this woman evokes our admiration, despite the disgust of our narrator. It's these multidimensional portraits that makes Munro so great - yes, a character (Del's mother) can earn our admiration, disgust, and pity all at once...
Then in the building of conflict, Munro ALWAYS surprises us. Every scene is fresh, new, interesting, every culmination of conflict resolves in ways we would never expect. Take the time when Del was being molested by her mother's boarder's boyfriend. One day she goes off with him in his car out to the country, and we're expecting some "Bastard Out of Carolina" child-raping exploitation and subsequent weepy victim hood. But Munro makes a left at the light, has the man simply masturbate in front of the child, who for her part is excited, charmed, and repelled by the sight and is grateful to be introduced to the mystery of the penis.
And lastly, Munro refuses to depict her women in the same, old tired way.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REALISTIC AND BRILLIANT Sept. 21 1999
By A Customer
I was forced to read this book during the final exams for my H.S.C. but actually found that it was very enjoyable. It is the touching story of a young girl growing up in Canada in the 40s, who yearns to be an artist, and her journey towards womanhood. The format of the story is unique and the characters are likeable and real enough to believe in. This is a well-told semi-autobiographical novel which stays in the memory long after it's has been read.
Was this review helpful to you?
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives of Girls and Women Nov. 10 1998
By A Customer
One of the most insightful and remarkable short story writers living today, Alice Munro's stories are like events, rich, beautiful and knowing. "Lives of Girls" traces the life of one girl into womanhood, supplying a blueprint, in many ways, of how to write a short story. Munro is a master, and this work is one (of many moments) of her at her greatest.
Was this review helpful to you?
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book Oct. 23 2001
By A Customer
I couldn't possibly say all I want to say about how good this book is. I am Alice Munro's biggest fan and this is my favorite of her books. Many of her later stories are larger in scope, more ambitious in their reach, but this book is truly a gem. Get lost in Del's world. Munro creates a lush, astounding, painfully, gorgeously real world. Read this book and then read it again. And give it to every one of your friends.
Was this review helpful to you?
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless June 25 2001
By A Customer
I first read this book when I was 15, for an high school english class, and have returned to it many times since. Munro is a deceptively simple writer whose style is subtle, witty, and rings of truth. After many reads, I still find something new each time I pick Lives of Girls and Women up. Another Munro favorite: The Beggar Maid. Fantastic writing and use of the short story form.
Was this review helpful to you?
Report abuse
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't usually recommend book after they've been nominated for huge awards. I'd read some Alice Munro years ago, and thought it would be a perfect choice for the Women's Resource Centre book club that I'm part of here in Brandon.

The combination of books I read for the month of November, and consequently during NaNoWriMo was maybe not the best combination of choices. Each one was heavy and laden with dense material the require digesting, which is why it's taken me so long to write reviews lately.

On the other hand, it's led my brain to go a few places it wouldn't have normally. It helped me think a little bit more about how I'd like 2014 to go compared to 2013.

That can be a good thing right???

I like to let people wonder, and I like to watch, and observe. This is how I read Munro's book, as an observer, and someone listening to the stories and thoughts of others. These are qualities I put to work for me in my working life as well. It's a little like reading the book Gripped by Jason Donnelly, but without the cat or the sock. You can read my review of that book here, or better yet, just go read that book.

Lives of Girls and women was like listening to a story my Grandma would have told. It was like being transported back to her time on the prairies in the 1930's. This was situated slightly later, and in north-western Ontario, but the feelings, sentiments and Canadiana that appeared throughout the book made me feel like I was a kid again, waiting for Grandma's bedtime stories.

It's a group of short stories, and yes, they all feature some of the same characters. They happen to be arranged in chronological order in the book, and each story focuses on a theme.

Why isn't it a novel then?
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Report abuse
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book ended up surprising me. It was rather interesting.
Published 16 months ago by Kaylee Verkruisen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobel Prise winner
Alice Munro is just great. You must read her. Her stories get to the very heart of the lives she knows.
Published 17 months ago by Dr. Don Whyte
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either
It's interesting enough that I stayed with it, but not so much that I motored through it in a few hours like with others. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kristen B
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written but dull...
Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize for literature. She then became a "must read".
Sadly, however beautifully written, I found this book to,be very dull. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dragonfly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not in great shape
The content of the book is excellent, Alice Munro is a great writer. The cover of the book was in worse shape then stated which is unfortunate because it was a gift.
Published 23 months ago by Vicky Millner
5.0 out of 5 stars As finely worked as an intricate embroidery
This is a wonderful book, rich as a banquet, as finely worked as an intricate embroidery, the kind of book I love to read and the kind I aspire to write. Read more
Published on July 22 2013 by Allie
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of crap
Typical anti-male diatribe disguised as a work of literature. This was assigned reading for one of my college literature courses over twenty years ago, and the memory of the... Read more
Published on July 14 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I hated this novel!
Maybe it was because this book was assigned to me to read by a college professor. Or maybe it was becasue I like more of an intreging story. I hated reading this book. Read more
Published on May 2 2002 by Richard K. Stewart III
2.0 out of 5 stars Like listening to your senile grandma babble
Reading Munroe is like a visit to your senile old grandma in a depressing nursing home, listening to her babble about what it was like when she was young, yadda yadda yadda. Read more
Published on March 7 2000
Search Customer Reviews

Look for similar items by category