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Le donne che tessono la trama di questi otto racconti sono spesso osservate nel punto di svolta della loro vita. Avvenimenti dimenticati, sogni ad occhi aperti, incontri fortuiti squarciano all'improvviso l'orizzonte e ci conducono in territori lontani e di frequente ignorati. Il sogno d'amore che Louisa vive in tempo di guerra e che viene infranto quando la vita riprende ...more
Paperback, Super ET, 282 pages
Published December 12th 2008 by Einaudi (first published 1994)
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Tony
Apr 29, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
On Tuesday morning, while Frances was getting breakfast and Maureen was helping her husband to finish dressing, there was a knock at the front door, by someone who did not notice or trust the bell.

I love sentences like that, ones that stop me, draw me in; ones that introduce, define, portend. Alice Munro can not help herself from writing sentences like that, inventing such people.

Like this:

When Bea spoke of having had a checkered career, she was taking a sarcastic or disparaging tone that did no
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Teresa
Jan 19, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: Tony
4.5 stars

This is my sixth volume of Munro stories and she has yet to disappoint me. Her stories are as dense and deep as the best of novels. In Dear Life it was the themes I fell for; here, though the characters and plots are very strong, it's the sense of place. Munro found her "own little postage stamp of native soil" (thank you, Mr. Faulkner) in Carstairs, Ontario, though not all the stories are restricted to that one place.

I was left breathless by the first story, "Carried Away", (probably m
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Aubrey
My first Munro. A good thing? A bad thing? I acquired her books before the Nobel Prize pronouncement, but only got around to reading them after. I'm the sort that often needs to be led by the nose like that.

I'm reiterating a common complaint when I say that reviewing short story collections is difficult, but still. I thought my luck with finding my way through O'Connor's The Complete Stories heralded a new found ability to transition between varying lengths, but whereas O'Connor drives you into
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Ana
Open Secrets ( Falsos Segredos ) reúne oito contos que têm alguns pontos em comum. Na sua maioria a acção decorre na pequena cidade de Carstairs no Canadá e, talvez por isso, alguns personagens aparecem em diferentes contos; os protagonistas são mulheres nada convencionais; em cada conto há diferentes histórias e tempos que se cruzam fazendo com que, em alguns casos, o seu universo se estenda a outros locais como a Europa e a Austrália. Todos os contos misturam o presente com reminiscências do ...more
averybiird
Open Secrets was my second Munro after Runaway, and she has once again lived up to high expectations. The stories are all tied (loosely or strongly) to the fictional town of Carstairs, Ontario, which gives them cohesion in time and space. And true to form for Munro, the stories themselves are almost compulsively easy to read. They flow so well and have so many tantalizing details that the reader is fully absorbed. Sometimes the endings can be ambiguous leaving room for wonder, as in the case of ...more
Oscar
Escribir relatos no es fácil. En pocas páginas han de caber el planteamiento, el nudo y el desenlace (aunque esta norma no se aplica necesariamente a según qué cuentos y qué escritores). El germen de una historia ha de estar presente. Ésto es algo, quizás al no ser escritor, que me resulta difícil de entender, el que tenga (el escritor) una idea que podría desarrollar y convertirla en novela, pero que al final decida cortar por lo sano y darle un fin en pocas páginas. Está claro que muchos cuent ...more
Eh?Eh!
Jan 10, 2013 Eh?Eh! is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
I've been meaning to read Alice Munro for a while. karen put Canadian authors on my radar as a group with George Elliot Clarke, and brian's reviews of her books have been tantalizing. Then the gauntlet was thrown down by that sleazy architect-loving Blake. Well, not really, but I perceived a gauntlet. Architects suck!

With the first story, I'm hooked. Amazing. I'm not even done with it yet, the very first story, but...so good. A simple tale that touches down on a solitary librarian's life like a
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João Carlos

Alice Munro (n. 1931)

Adoro contos...

”Falsos Segredos” (1994) é um livro com oito contos escritos pela canadiana Alice Munro (n. 1931), a quem foi atribuído o Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 2013, que nela reconheceu um “mestre do conto contemporâneo”, apenas com um único romance publicado em 1971, ”Vidas de Raparigas e Mulheres”.
Alice Munro escreve oito contos em que as mulheres “dominam”, revisitando as paisagens físicas e emocionais de personagens femininas, que revelam o seu amor e a sua paixã
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notgettingenough
Damn you Alice Munro. Your stories are the work of a misery guts. And I stick to my feeling that these are not short stories. They are shrivelled up novels, like you can’t be bothered with filling in the details. An impressionistic dab here, a by-your-leave reference there and chunks of life are presumed to have substance. Not enough words for how much are in them. Never mind the movie, most of these stories could fill a mini-series or a BBC serial, the ones they used to do that never seemed to ...more
Phil
Oct 18, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories are kind of peculiar. Very subdued, and on the surface often uneventful, they're also filled with little details that give a sense of magnitude and richness to their world. If you imagine narrative as a path, these details are like things clustered closely to the path's sides, even spilling over into it, giving you a sense of the wider and ultimately interconnected reality which enmeshes any sequence of events in the life of an individual, fictional or otherwise. Several of the sto ...more
arcobaleno
Mar 15, 2016 arcobaleno rated it really liked it
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Jack Delano, "Reitz farm near Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, Agosto 1940" *

Otto racconti, otto donne, otto vite. Storie che oscillano tra l'ordinarietà e l'imprevisto, tra problemi quotidiani e avvenimenti inusuali; ritmi pacati e semplici che vengono sconvolti da fatti drammatici, tetri, perfino sanguinosi. Un mondo femminile presentato con lucidità e senza ostentazione. Protagoniste di tempi passati, ma con personalità moderne; donne sole e forti. Con un protagonista comune: un paesino del Canada
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Jennifer (aka EM)
The thing about Alice Munro is that she makes it look so easy. But what she does is simply (complexly) genius-slash-magic.
Vanda
Oct 27, 2013 Vanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rendi-me a Alice Munro, muito embora pense que ela põe os leitores de "castigo".
As histórias são magistralmente tecidas, com personagens muito ricas e aí estamos nós a segui-las arduamente quando, sem mais nem porquê, o narrador nos rouba o envolvimento. Sentimo-nos como que despidos, e chegamos a achar que a história tem tudo para continuar por mais páginas, mas não, o "castigo" aguarda-nos.

Todos os contos poderiam ser retirados do dia-a-dia de qualquer um de nós, contudo é a forma como A.M. na
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Trish
Dec 09, 2007 Trish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think it's Alice Munro's fault. I think I just overdosed on her short stories. I loved Runaway, I liked Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, and this one ... eh. Nothing in this collection really grabbed me.

The stories I enjoyed most were:

-- Open Secrets, because it's about a crime. A girl disappears while on a hiking trip. Because of a tale told by a woman who lives near the woods, a strange elderly man falls under suspicion, but no body is found and there is no eviden
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Pequete
Feb 18, 2016 Pequete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Este livro foi a minha estreia com Alice Munro e fiquei cliente. Apesar de, geralmente, preferir ler romances do que contos, acho que depois deste livro, fiquei mais próxima de me tornar adepta deste género, uma tendência que comecei a notar o Verão passado, com um livro de contos da Flannery O'Connor. E relação ao Falsos Segredos, gostei de praticamente todos os contos, o único que achei demasiado estranho e inconsequente foi o Hotel Jack Randa, mas mesmo sem ter gostado do final, achei todo o ...more
Sub_zero
Los relatos de Alice Munro normalmente me suelen cautivar. La escritora canadiense es una creadora nata de atmósferas y personajes, espacios ficticios que resuenan cuento tras cuento y conforman una caleidoscópica composición final. Sin embargo, nada de lo que he encontrado en este recopilatorio, pese a ostentar las características más sobresalientes de Munro, ha logrado despertar mi interés al nivel que lo han hecho otros libros suyos. Quizá he echado en falta un hilo conductor más contundente, ...more
Robert
Jul 25, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Open Secrets by Alice Munro is a collection of her stories published in 1994 that I had not read before, which was something of a surprise to me since I’ve read so much of her work with so much pleasure.

Here she continues to achieve her almost novelistic effects in the most deceptively simple way: she often sticks to one location in rural Canada, a mill town on the way down, she builds significant changes in time into her narratives, and she manages to conclude her stories with a sense that the
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Ubiqua
Nov 24, 2014 Ubiqua rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Alice Munro, premio Nobel per la letteratura 2013, è una macchina narrativa killer. Lo è in virtù di uno stile sobrio ed essenziale in cui il sarcasmo è spesso dietro l’angolo, uno stile talmente composto da lasciarci immaginare la poker-face da sfinge con cui l’autrice presenta le sue trame. Ma non solo: Alice Munro trabocca d’inventiva nel costruire i plot, che risultano sempre perfetti incastri non lineari dove vengono giostrati con destrezza personaggi spesso lontani tra loro nello spazio e ...more
Marcos
Jun 03, 2014 Marcos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice Munro is one of my favorite writers. She easily is at my top ten, and could even possibly be on my top five. I first read about “Open Secrets” from “Entertainment Weekly”’s top 100 lists of all time- and the magazine ranked this collection as the second greatest short-story collection of all time. Of course, being that Ms. Munro had been ranked and listed, I immediately sought out and dropped everything else I was reading to pore over her 1994 collection. I have read her later collections: ...more
Greg Gerke
Oct 25, 2008 Greg Gerke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My friend Lawrence likes to tell me about books. I had read Munro on his recommendation about three years before (Friend of My Youth). Interesting, but I was 26 years old. It didn't overtake me. So we are sitting at a Sunday potluck three years later and he starts telling me about this story in Open Secrets called 'The Albanian Virgin' - how it starts off about this woman in Albania and then totally switches gears and goes to a hospital room years later where the 'I' narrator comes in and tells ...more
Stephanie
Jun 08, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some spoilers here, beware...

It's hard to know what to say about the work of Alice Munro simply because it is so astonishing and distinctive. As one of the blurbs on _The Love of a Good Woman_ says, she has her own, particular magic. Often during my reading of _Open Secrets_ I would stop and stare out the window, trying to wrap my mind around her method. She definitely does proceed by a method. It allows her to make web-like stories in which events unfold here and then there, out of traditional
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Shauna
Dec 22, 2014 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories and I just do not get along. As soon as I get invested in a story it ends? And I have to learn to love another? Novels never give me abandonment issues like this.

This was my first time reading Alice Munro. It was lovely and well-written, and I loved the focus on female protagonists throughout. My favorite story involved a librarian writing to a soldier, with deceptive results. However, because of my feelings regarding short stories, it took me six months to finish this, so let's sa
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Kevin Shoop
Feb 20, 2016 Kevin Shoop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B+

Often when I'm reading a story by Alice Munro, I forget that I'm reading a story. Her prose carries one effortlessly through fascinating characters and devastating events--whether it's the drudgery of day-to-day living, love lost or gone wrong, secret, horrific abuse, or sudden tragedy. But a tenderness for humanity remains despite the dark themes, if only through the beauty of her writing. I don't always "get" the point(s) of some of her stories, but I always enjoy the journey.
Katri
Jan 06, 2016 Katri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Jälleen kerran Munro tarjoilee taattua laatua ja hyviä novelleja. Munron tapa kirjoittaa ja kuvata on käsittämättömän hieno. Arkinen, ja täynnä pieniä ihmeitä.

Munrolta lempparikseni tämä ei yllä. Ihan kaikkien novellien aiheet eivät olleet yhtä kiinnostavia ja pari novellia jätti sen verran tulkinnanvaraa, etten saanut niistä niin hyvin kiinni, kuin olisin halunnut.
Alan
Nov 11, 2010 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
from my 1995 notebook:
Just finished Munro's Open Secrets - superb is not the word, for once the blurb is right - miraculous. Histories of people unravel, touch one another. The shock of those hidden depths - the child murderer in the title story, secret child abuse in Vandals. Strange, difficult, sets you thinking for days. Alice, I love you.
Jean
Mar 13, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Alice Munro's short stories get into my head and I like that in a book. When reading the stories in Open Secrets, I felt like I was actually living in that particulare time and place. Munro and Lahiri have made me a short story fan.
Nicole
I think this collection was the first Alice Munro I ever read, many many MANY years ago. I always have this rosy memory of it as the best of the Alice Munro stories, though it's been so long that I could no longer say why, or even be sure that my memory is not wrong.

So now I'm re-reading the collection again, and it's all coming back to me, and yes, this is Alice Munro at her best (which is pretty damn good). I'm about halfway through, and a couple of the stories I remember as I read them, while
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Mary Billinghurst
Nov 17, 2013 Mary Billinghurst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh Alice Munro. Her stories seem so accessible, so easy to read but do not be fooled. Often they require re-reading, and always, they require reflection. Ms. Munro is an imp who likes to play with our heads.

It has been years since I have read a new Munro story. I own most of her collections since the mid-nineties but I have been focusing primarily on reading novels, and have neglected the superb works of this Canadian treasure. When she won the Nobel prize last month, that was incentive for me
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Michael Armijo
There are a couple of clever 'letter writing' stories here...

This book contains eight short stories written by Alice Munro, a gifted short story writer. I read them all and was sadly disappointed that they did not capture me as much as I'd hoped. My favorite stories were CARRIED AWAY and A WILDERNESS STATION. I really liked her clever usage of 'letter writing' as letters were intertwined into the stories. I also found some great lines in her stories, but it wasn't one of those "I can't put this
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Jamie
Sep 28, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Munro is clearly a master in the genre. While some of the stories left me a bit cold--Vandals, Spaceships Have Landed, and The Jack Randa Hotel--the other five were simply superb. In "A Real Life," the characters are so well drawn as to have you thinking they're sitting next to you, telling their stories. Dorrie is an incredible character, and I love the ways in which Munro plays with 'myths' of Canada and the people who reside there--to great effect, in particular, in this story. "The Albanian ...more
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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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