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The View From Castle Rock Hardcover – Sep 19 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771065264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771065262
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #471,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The latest from the accomplished and much lauded Alice Munro is a family and personal memoir presented as short stories. Munro begins in rural Scotland searching out her family roots and then moves ever closer to the present time. She covers the lives of her ancestors in Scotland (much of which must have been fictionalized), the journey by sea to Canada, the lives of her grandparents, her parents, and ultimately her own life and her searches into the past. Munro's strength as a writer is her ability to provide insight into the psychological motivations of her characters (and relations, in this case). The long title story, about the sea crossing of her ancestors, is a marvel of concision with fascinating characters conjured from the past: Walter, the young writer; Andrew, the easily embarrassed young husband; Agnes, who bears a child at sea; young Mary with a baby on her hip; and old James, the crotchety, story-telling patriarch. The book opens and closes with visits to country cemeteries, in Scotland and Canada, the former on a dismal rainy day in a rural landscape that feels lonely and depopulated. These are exceedingly quiet stories, as befits their setting in rural locales--farms and farm towns--whose lack of prosperity slows the pace of change. --Mark Frutkin


“Her full range of gifts is on display: indelible characters, deep insights about human behaviour and relationships, vibrant prose, and seductive, suspenseful storytelling.”
Publishers Weekly

The View From Castle Rock is meticulously crafted; elegant, stylish, a superb reading not only of life's vicissitudes but of the human need to connect past to present, to make sense of chaos and to find consolation in what can be salvaged from sorrow.”
London Free Press

“Munro has, as usual, written a lovely book and is serenely well-honed in her craft.”
Globe and Mail

“In The View from Castle Rock her full range of gifts is on display: indelible characters, deep insights about human behaviour and relationships, vibrant prose, and seductive, suspenseful storytelling. . . . Getting this close to the core of the girl who would become the master is a privilege and a pleasure not to be missed. And reliably as ever when the subject is human experience, Munro’s stories – whatever the proportions of fiction and fact – always bring us the truth.
— Sigrid Nunez, Publishers Weekly

“I found myself transported, enthralled, oblivious to time.”
— Pat Donnelly, Montreal Gazette

Praise for Runaway

“Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America. . . . Read Munro! Read Munro!”
— Jonathan Franzen, New York Times Book Review

“When reading her work it is difficult to remember why the novel was ever invented.”
The Times (U.K.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud Groves on Dec 8 2013
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She described life and attitudes in the 30's to perfection. The characters and geography were all familiar memories from my past.Since reading Castle Rock I have read three more of her fascinating stories.
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There is a special link to authors of one's own vintage: a cascade of shared memories. Margaret Atwood does that for me and more so Alice Munro.
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Glad you asked July 4 2015
By Brize Books - Published on
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I am so honored to be asked to review this book. It's Alice Munro! Alice freaking Munro, short storiest extraordinaire and Nobel Laureate and they're asking me to review her work! My God, what did I do to deserve this honor? Well....ok, nothing. it's just some computer algorithim that chooses any half literate bozo from Peoria to Timbuktu to review great writers. (Something wrong with this picture.) Anyway, not even sure I've read this one yet, and it's a collection of short stories anyway, so how could I review it as one work? I will say that I enjoy her work greatly, though not all equally of course, and I think I've only started one that I didn't finish (It was about a man somewhat similar to myself and I didn't think she was getting it right). If you like reading superb, concise, insightful, fast moving stories, just buy it, you're gonna like some better than others but they'll all be worthwhile reading. She's Canadian, so some of the cultural references may take a bit more to pick up on for Yanks, so just read them again if you need, you'll enjoy it more the second time. That's how good she is.
Worthwhile Nov. 25 2013
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I didn't want to read this book, but it is Alice Munro, after all, and my book club selected it. After about 50 pages, I was sure that I wouldn't finish it, was somehow compelling. Munro's prose is so clean and clear, and the story of her ancestry is interesting in itself. By the close of the book, I could have read more.
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Five Stars July 6 2014
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Arrived as described. Thanks! A+++++++++