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The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose

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In this series of interweaving stories, Munro recreates the evolving bond between two women in the course of almost forty years. One is Flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. the other is Rose, Flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow leaves the small town she grew up in to achiev
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Published December 21st 2011 by Vintage (first published 1977)
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In a review of the Selected Stories that functioned as herald, Updike spoke of “a well-mediated complexity and multiplicity of plot, an intense clarity of phrase and image, an exceptional psychological searchingness and honesty,” “a grittiness…and a bold reach”—promises of pleasure I retained, and recalled over time, until circumstances (fatigue with the fiction I was reading, ambitious browsing in a store that carried a quantity of Munro) placed The Beggar Maid in hand. And it’s wonderful. Thes ...more
In these ten inter-connected stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the universal story of growing up; the question of identity, of resilience, and of escape – with a difference, of course, because this is Alice Munro, the Canadian author of too many awards to mention. In June, 2009 she won the Man Booker International Prize.

After reading daughter Sheila Munro’s memoir, I decided to reread Who Do You Think You Are? (titled: The Beggar Maid: Storie
What is there to say about Alice Munro? She is the consummate artist, the supreme master of the short story form. Incomparable in her complexity: the sudden rush of surprising juxtapositions, the dip of a yawning vision of the abyss, the gurgle of delightful humour, the vibrant pleasure of recognition, that moment when you say yes, yes, of course.

This collection, subtitled Stories of Flo and Rose, was first published in 1977. The stories are more or less chronologically arranged and follow Rose
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.5* of five

I hate Flo, and dislike Rose, and can think of no possible reason for anyone to read more than the Pearl Rule requires or the first three stories, whichever comes first in your edition.

The entire unkind review is on my blog, Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
La Munro ormai è una delle mie certezze letterarie. Anche questa volta dopo "Nemico,Amico,Amante" Alice non mi ha delusa.

Solo che da "Who Do You Think You Are?" mi sono sentita colpita più da vicino...

In queste dieci storie (che in realtà storie poi non sembrano ,legate come sono dalle varie tappe della vita della protagonista, somigliano più a capitoli di uno stesso romanzo) si segue la crescita e la maturazione di Rose su cui "incombe" sempre la figura della matrigna Flo..

Rose è cresciuta nel
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Sometimes I watch singing contests (like the American Idol) on tv and see good singers lose because they would commit the unfortunate mistake of choosing the wrong songs to sing. I cannot say here that Alice Munro chose the wrong plot, or that the story does not suit her. I do not know what would have suited her. I can see, however, that she's a very good writer although the story here (short STORIES, really, but made into one cohesive novel because of the commonality of characters in each of th ...more
La sensazione che mi procura la maggior parte dei racconti di Alice Munro, essere collocati in un tempo eterno, non moderno, men che meno contemporaneo, deriva molto probabilmente dal fatto che sono in gran quantità ambientati in quella parte del Canada definita Sowesto (la contea di Huron, nel sudovest dell’Ontario), dove gli esseri umani sembrano saperla più lunga della terra e essere lì da più tempo degli alberi e dei fiumi, e dove chi vuole sapere più cose, leggere più d
I decided to read a work by Alice Munro purely because she won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. I came in with modest expectations, since there are many past winners who I'm no admirer of. Sadly, even those were not met.

The book follows Rose, a girl growing up in severe poverty in the small Canadian country town of Hanratty and desiring more. Flo is her hard-working, flawed step-mother, who appears later on, but largely dominates the first third of the book. Each chapter has its own su
Micky Sahi
What do I think? I don't know. Reading the 210 pages of sheer torture, I have not been able to figure out what kind of a person Rose really was. Or what this story is really trying to tell me.

Rose grew up in West Hanratty with her stepmother Flo and her father. Seeing her up-bringing and the lack of a real connection with her family, I would often think that once she is out of there, she would be ok.

I got hopeful and in a way proud of her when she got a scholarship and met Patrick. I thought her
Terribilmente interessante, più per la narrazione che per la storia in sé.

Non è una raccolta di racconti interconnessi; è un romanzo, puro e semplice. Certo, è narrato in maniera un po' anticonvenzionale, ma il fatto che Alice Munro sia pubblicizzata come la regina canadese del racconto breve non rende ogni sua opera un'antologia.
E non è la storia di Rose e Flo; è la storia di Rose. Con dentro un po' di Flo.

È la storia di Rose - debole, egoista, crudele, terrorizzata.
Forse delicata, forse amorev
Questo secondo approccio alla Munro mi ha un po’ delusa, rispetto a “Nemico, amico, amante …”. Scritto indubbiamente bene, questo libro, che può essere considerato un romanzo composto da racconti oppure racconti che finiscono per essere un romanzo (tipo “Olive Kitteridge”, di Elizabeth Strout, tanto per intenderci), non mi ha del tutto soddisfatta. Rose, Flo e gli altri personaggi, seguiti per un arco di tempo discontinuo, non arrivano a definirsi con l’immediatezza che mi aspettavo e che la pre ...more
Don't tell anyone, but I've never read any Alice Munro. I know, I know. All of my bookish friends love her -- even the ones who generally avoid anything written by women -- so this isn't a confession made lightly. I've meant to find something of hers for a while now, but it just never happened. There are so many books and so many writers that I want to read that things usually just have to bubble to the top for me to take notice.

Confession, The Sequel: I haven't been reading much of anything la
I percorsi dei treni Il treno che attraversava le montagne subì molti ritardi a causa di una fitta nevicata. L'acqua gelò. Il convoglio fu costretto a lunghe soste in piccole stazioni, avvolto da nuvole di vapore prodotte dalle operazioni di scongelamento delle tubature. Si infilarono addosso i vestiti per uscire e scesero a correre sulla pensilina del binario. Rose disse: - Ti devo comprare un giaccone invernale. E degli stivali che tengano caldo -. Per i tetri inverni costieri un paio di stiva ...more
Who doesn't love Alice Munro! I feel like quite a heel only giving this book three stars but it just didn't grab me. It's written as a series of short stories following the relationship between a girl/woman and her stepmother. Its very, um, earthy. It starts when Rose is a child as she grows up in total poverty. Her father had married Flo when Rose was very young and they move into the apartment behind Flo's store. Flo has installed indoor plumbing but the toilet is in a closet in the kitchen so ...more
Elizabeth A
The copy of the book I read is so old that the note on the type states: This book was set via computer-driven cathode-ray tubes in ELECTRA .... Copyright 1977, 1978. Seems like the dinosaurs were roaming the earth back then no?

But I digress. I read this book for book cub, and while I have read other books by the author, I cannot recall which ones. What has stayed with me, and what this book confirmed, is that she has a wonderful writing style, and can keenly capture the essence of a situation. T
Some of the most beautiful writing I have read recently. I kept having that feeling you get when you read a really gorgeous sentence or paragraph or scene and you just think, "WOW," and want to put it in your pocket and remember it forever. One of the critics' comments on the back of my copy used the phrase "psychological precision" and I don't think I could really put it any better. One of my favorite things about it was how it captured a person's feelings toward the people in the margins of th ...more
Ahmed Nassar
تفاصيل كثيرة جدا وكأنها رواية
بل اننى بالفعل احترت فى تصنيفها :D
A surprising book. A book mainly about characters - people - and they way they, (or we), intertwine with one another throughout their lives. A wonderful read, especially for anyone from a small town, or who was brought up in a small, close neighborhood. In these stories I see reflections of the people I lived with and grew up with. There are expressions that are the same or similar perhaps in every town, such as, 'she's no better than she should be,' and though perhaps expressed in different wor ...more
Giovanna De Sabbata
Rose è, “pirandellianamente” parlando, una che si guarda vivere. È consapevole del suo sforzo per interpretare dei ruoli, per nascondersi dietro a un atteggiamento studiato o a delle parole ben meditate. Nei suoi racconti ha sempre “il ruolo di una testimone distaccata e superiore”. Mai compromettersi. Mai svelarsi. Non a caso, di mestiere fa l'attrice. È un'attrice fin da bambina, quando cerca di imitare i modi di fare di una ragazza molto popolare nella sua scuola, o si atteggia a donna vissut ...more
Tags/Categories: 1001 Books, women writers, Canadian literature, short stories
Source: library book
Why: BOTM 1001 Book February 2014, Bingo (short stories)

This is another book of short stories by Canadian author and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature. Ms Munro writes this feminist work about Flo (the stepmother) and Ruth (the stepdaughter). The stories are all loosely connected and march through life stages of Ruth. In the beginning Flo is a big part, then Ruth is married, has a dau
This is my fifth Alice Munro book. It's the most difficult yet and probably the best if I'm to consider that by now I know what she is capable of. This book is where a short story collection and a novel meet. All stories are about Rose, from her early years until late middle-age, and her stepmother, Flo. The setting varies from small-town Canada to Toronto. The first three stories are among the best I have ever read, from any writer. The stories in the middle of the book are more difficult, dens ...more
I gave attention to Munro's literature when she won a Nobel Prize. Heard that some people call her a Canadian Czekhov. After reading Stories of Flow and Rose I can't agree with that opinion . Russian author wrote amazing and interesting books and Munro's creation it's awfully dull.
First of all I don't like main character. Reader meets Rose when she's young and see her grow. The girl is real pain in the neck ; full of herself, grumpy, cynical,bossy and dishonest. Seriously I couldn't find any p
This is a book of short stories, but because they involve the same characters, it reads somewhat like a novel (and yet, not). Each short story is like a novelette and explores Rose's coming of age and trying to come to terms with her upbringing in a small Canadian town. She examines human complexities in a readable, but profound style of writing. No question that Munro's literary acclaim is well-deserved.
In this most canadian of books (a gift from @bluelephant), Munro wields her somber, solemn prose as if she were slowly swinging a heavy lead pipe: sometimes she misses, but when she connects you'll be knocked out for good. I very much appreciate that Munro opens a door to woman's mind in a way that I've never seen before, even if men are made of straw and friends are empty sprites. Something else that I liked about this book is that sex is this unfortunate happenstance which life pokes you with ...more
After I finished this book (home alone), I definitely said out loud "Alice Munro never disappoints!" Beautiful, complicated and all the things we imagine that we alone think and feel.
Ahh, this was amazing, to experience Munro's amazing talent for capturing pivotal moments in a life, and to see those moments over the lifetime of two women and how they capture everything that is important. Munro does seem to partake of the postmodern obsession with dysfunctional families and failed marriages, which is sad. It is a bit ironic and unfortunate that these writers have such masterful insight into people and their motivations and the parts of themselves that they try to conceal, yet ...more
I feel pretty confident at this point that I can always count on Alice Munro.
Uthpala Dassanayake
The Beggar Maid is my first Alice Munro and I love it. Described as ‘Stories of Flo and Rose’, the book tells several stories from Rose’s life. It is not exactly a novel as stories are not connected to each other strongly via the flow of incidents. You can’t call them short stories because as Rose stands as a well-developed character throughout the book no matter what little connection the incidents provide from one story to the next.
The manner of writing is very simple but there is no lack of d
Alice Munros miteinander verknüpfte Geschichten von Flo und Rose (1978 im Original veröffentlicht), von Hildegard Petry übersetzt sind in Deutschland unverändert bei Klett Cotta (1981), Ullstein (1983), dtv (1989) und im Berliner Taschenbuchverlag (2003) erschienen. Als Hardcover gibt es nun eine Neuauflage in durchgesehener Übersetzung.

Als Reaktion auf die Vergabe des Nobelpreises an Alice Munro waren einige enttäuschte Reaktionen zu vernehmen, warum eine Autorin ausgezeichnet würde, die „nur“
Simone Subliminalpop
La particolarità: l'unica raccolta di Alice Munro avvicinabile alla forma romanzo, essendo che i racconti qui presenti riguardano tutti principalmente la figura di Rose e la sua storia, dall'infanzia alla vita adulta.
La costante: la solita abilità eccelsa della Munro nello scrivere e nel raccontare.
Tra gli episodi migliori: “Botte da re”, “Mezzo pompelmo”, “La Mendicante” e “Lettera per lettera”.
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Alice Ann Munro, née Laidlaw, is a Canadian short-story writer who is widely considered one of the world's premier fiction writers. Munro is a three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction. Her stories focus on human relationships looked at through the lens of daily life. She has thus been referred to as "the Canadian Chekhov."

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