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Dear Life: Stories - Alice Munro
Dear Life: Stories
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A New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post Notable Work of FictionA Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, Vogue, AV ClubA brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in... show more
A New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post Notable Work of FictionA Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, Vogue, AV ClubA brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out.              While most of these stories take place in Munro’s home territory—the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron—the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the book ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories “autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact.” A girl who can’t sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard.            Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307743725 (0307743721)
ASIN: 307743721
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it
3.0 Dear Life
With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped -- the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of bei...
Ellinor's Litventures
Ellinor's Litventures rated it
4.0
Short Stories are not my favourite genre. Usually once I'm into the story it is already over again. There are only very few exceptions to this rule. Sometimes a story is better kept short and the rest left to the reader's imagination.In this collection there were several of the latter type which mad...
adelacacovean
adelacacovean rated it
0.0 Dear Life
Nope. Just... not the right moment to read this maybe. I might try again some other time. Now I want more action :)
Michael's Book Babble
Michael's Book Babble rated it
5.0 Flawless
I don’t know why the hell it took me so long to finally sit down and read Alice Munro. I was happy as heck when I’d heard she won the Nobel Prize for Literature, because I knew she was mostly known as a short story writer. It’s always nice to see that form of writing get recognized, because I know n...
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
2.0 Dear Life: Stories
Just OK.
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