The View from Castle Rock
A powerful new collection from one of our most beloved, admired, and honored writers. In stories that are more personal than any that she’s written before, Alice Munro pieces her family’s history into gloriously imagined fiction. A young boy is taken to Edinburgh’s Castle Rock, where his father... show more
A powerful new collection from one of our most beloved, admired, and honored writers. In stories that are more personal than any that she’s written before, Alice Munro pieces her family’s history into gloriously imagined fiction. A young boy is taken to Edinburgh’s Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father’s dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World; a baby is lost and magically reappears on a journey from an Illinois homestead to the Canadian border. Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings. First love flowers under the apple tree, while a stronger emotion presents itself in the barn. A girl hired as summer help, and uneasy about her “place” in the fancy resort world she’s come to, is transformed by her employer’s perceptive parting gift. A father whose early expectations of success at fox farming have been dashed finds strange comfort in a routine night job at an iron foundry. A clever girl escapes to college and marriage. Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpected—these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience. The View from Castle Rock is a brilliant achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.
Publish date: November 7th 2006
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 349
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
, Nobel Prize
, Canadian Literature
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK - The short story, titled The View from Castle Rock, is also a collection. In this review, my focus is the short story, not the book. The Laidlaws emigrate from Scotland to Canada in 1818. For the first time in their lives, family members board the ship: Old James (father),...
bookshelves: published-2000, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, canada, britain-scotland, dip-in-now-and-again, winter-20122013, tbr-busting-2013, historical-fiction, families, paper-read, one-penny-wonder Read from March 26, 2012 to February 08, 2013 Dedicated to Douglas Gibson,who sustained me ...
Dedicated to Douglas Gibson,who sustained me through many travails,and whose enthusiasm for this particular bookhas even sent him prowling through the graveyardof Ettrick Kirk, probably in the rain.1. No Advantages: The Ettrick Valley lies about fifty miles due south of Edinburgh, and thirty or so m...
I looked forward to my daily commutes every day that I had this book with me, and did not begrudge carrying the hardback. The early stories set in Scotland (my own background) and immigrant Ontario (history of Ontario is my professional milieu) were of particular interest. If I had any complaint, an...