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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
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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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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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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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
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
Phil
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
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
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
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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Robert
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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Greg Gerke
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
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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Marcos
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
Alan
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
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.
Mary Billinghurst
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
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
Marlee
I bow to Alice Munro's character development, and interweaving texture in to stories that occur in and across space and time. These stories all left me with a bittersweet melancholy feeling, a longing to stare out the window and think of the way the lives of others have impacted my own in ways I can't even fathom, and will never be able to. Life is so interesting in that way! Anyway, the stories in this collection are set in different periods throughout history - from mid 1800's to World War I t ...more
Susan Emmet
Liked this collection alot.
So full, yet again, with realistic detailing and a sense of smell and sight and sound.
Such exploration again of the lives of "odd" women, many of whom make "odd" ways in life, at least according to the rule of the day.
I loved several stories:
The Albanian Virgin - amazing back and forth between characters and time lines;
Open Secrets - they're not!
The Jack Randa Hotel - such transformations...
I think I "know" Carstairs and the area families.
Good book. Way good book.
James Axtell
I was reminded that people now are much like people in ages past with similar strengths, weaknesses, hang-ups, confusions and the daily routines that bind societies together.

Similarly individuals develop gradually over a lifetime and things that would have seemed absurd when viewed as young people became natural and normal as they grew old.

The norms and values of a society are all powerful and form the lives we live yet over a time period of decades or generations change so fundamentally that th
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Kricket
i've been meaning to read some alice munro for several years but couldn't quite get around to it. finally my friend kevin gave me this collection for christmas- hooray!- and she has absolutely lived up to my expectations. normally with short stories i take a break between each story or so, but with this collection i just wanted to keep going. it helped that the first story featured a librarian who sassily drinks wine each night. off to a great start!

it's hard to put my finger on what i liked so
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Spiros
Feb 14, 2008 Spiros rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aficionados of great writing
Shelves: freebox
Clarity and elegance: those are the words I would choose to characterize Alice Munro's writing. These stories limn the provincial Ontario town of Carstairs, from its inception in the 1850's through the present day; the town is brought to life through the travails of its residents, even those who have moved to more exotic locales, every bit as palpably as Spoon River or Grover's Corner.
Were I a Canuck, I would regard Alice Munro as a National Treasure; from the outside, I would say that the Awa
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Jaksen
Great collection of stories. So intimate, and familiar. I am always seeing my own life in her characters, settings, descriptions. Most of her stories are set in Canada, and I am in New England, and I've found the 'sentiments' of the two locales are very similar. And perhaps someone in Texas or Florida would feel the same way. She takes a simple character or situation and enlarges it so; it's like using a microscope - the kind called a binocular microscope used to view larger small things like cr ...more
David
I've read this collection twice now (by accident - I must have filed it back on my "to read" shelf by accident but I kept on reading again) and have enjoyed it. The title story, "Carried Away" and "Vandals" are my favourites but all are eight stories are good. Munro can pack a lot into 40 pages and some critics have suggested there's as much in her short stories as there is in many authors' novels!

No doubt part of my fondness for the stories is the fictional small town in southern Ontario where
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Elsabe
Short stories of this caliber I keep to read one in between every complete book. They are just so full, I
need to 'recover' from them, just like I need time between every new book I read.
From Albania, to Australia, from the familiarity here in Canada to places so unknown, it takes your breath away.
But I sometimes do have to wonder if Alice Munro writes in reaction to the fluff books in the world and tries to balance out their frivolity in one single story. So heart wrenching is her work that I
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Ryan
Finding it difficult to rate Alice Munro anything other than 5 stars lately. The stories are just so brilliant and jam-packed with detail. My favorites here are the mid-section: Open Secrets, The Jack Randa Hotel, and A Wilderness Station. With a special nod to Carried Away, which about 20 pages into the book, has a factory accident so shockingly gory, I actually laughed out loud. It seemed so out of character. Oh, Alice, you never fail to surprise me!

I have another Munro book coming up, not tha
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Aarti
I liked it a lot. Unique stories and the style of writing keeps you thinking till the very end. Dark stories. Characters are human and interesting. I think it may be more of an enjoyable book for those who have lived a bit and seen a bit of life, but I can't say for sure.
Ubiqua
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
Lori
I should not have liked this book...it is like the trifecta of what I hate about some books:

1)It's Canadian - Now, I'm Canadian, don't get me wrong there is plenty I love about my country and about Canadian authors, artist, musicians etc. but I do find that often SOME Canadian authors try so very hard to write GOOD LITERATURE instead of just telling a story, that it turns me off.

2)Munro is an award winning author...for Pete's sake! Marian Engel's Bear, a book about an erotic love between a woman
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