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every year all the d...more
24 giugno 2012:
L’ho appena iniziato, ma, anche questa volta non posso aspettare…
È incredibile quanto la Munro riesca a comunicare con un linguaggio semplice e attraverso situazioni del tutto comuni. Sorprende la sua capacità di leggere al di là delle cose e di presentare l’animo femminile, di scavarlo, svuotarlo…
Insomma, già il primo racconto In fuga non mi ha lasciato indifferente, confermando che questa scrittrice si presenta in sordina e si fa apprezzare un po’ alla volta; m...more
Like many readers, I claim quite often that I am not really a fan of short stories, that is, I claim that until I come across the next good short story collection, like Alice Munro's Runaway. My imaginary dislike for shorts can surely be traced to reading too many poorly assembled multi-author anthologies. There are maybe two of them in existence that I can honestly call good. From my experience, single-author collections are much, much more satisfying.
Once again, I ha...more
Basically, Runaway is so good that I don't want to talk about it here. Quotation can't do the book justice, and neither can synopsis. The way to do it justice is to read it.
But here's what Michiko Kakutani says about it in the NY Times:
Instead of assuming the organic, musical form of real life, they feel like self-conscious, overworked tales, relying on awkwardly withheld secrets and O'Henryesque twists to create narra...more
I was also interested in some of the recurring themes here: the nature of power, particularly for her characters, mostly women i...more
This collection is not nearly so haunting as I remember Alice Munro's other stories, and therefore also more enjoyable. Some of the pieces, notably "Runaway" and "Grace," had me forgetting that I was reading Alice Munro, and not that other prolific Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. Maybe there is something similar about the two writers, or maybe there is ju...more
This was my first read of Alice Munro. I'm in awe of her exact prose. She pulls you into the lives of her characters and their worlds become whole and real...more
Often compared to Eudora Welty, Anton Chekhov, and James Joyce, Munro is a brilliant short story-writer. She mines the small towns of her native Ontario for inspiration, penning short stories (30-40 pages each) that possess the depth of novels. Runaway, her tenth collection, contains her trademark unconventional plots and lost characters. Critics agree that the suspense and drama lodged within the characters give each story its power. Like the best writers, Munro involves readers in her characte...more
This is my first exposure to Munro. She has a powerful command of her craft. Not all stories resonated with me. In fact only the last in the three-story series about a woman named Juliet (at three different points in her life) and the story "Tricks" were amazing. A woman is central to every story, and the t...more
I first ran into Munro in high school. My English teacher gave us two stories two read - her “Open Window” and that story by Steven King that is the Hawthorne...more
I did not throw this book, but I did set it down and walked away a bunch of times.
Her stories written about women and men who live lives like you and me - quietly going about their days, wondering if they missed out on that great big love, or that great big chance; arguing with their children, or their parents, or both; pretending that life is grand, pretending that life isn't pointless.
She writes lush, beautiful tales which are long and enjoyable to read. I'm reading her again, so...more
In "Runaway", a woman is given the opportunity to leave her unhealthy marriage and she squanders it and loses her goat anyway. The three stories "Chance", "Soon", and "Silence" are centered on...more
And yes, as I expected, this book pretty heavily falls back on the themes I had al...more
A great example is "Passion" where a woman drives to find a lake cabin that belonged to the family of a boy she had dated 40 years earlier when she wo...more
She is able to evoke a whole world with few words. Without
spoiling any of the stories or their outcomes here are some
of the ideas on which the stories are based.
In this collection I especially liked the title story 'Runaway'.
An abused woman seeks refuge with her neighbor, an enlightened
woman who tries to help her. As in most cases of domestic violence
things do not turn out as neatly as one might predict.
I enjoyed the trilogy about a wo...more
Story 1 – Runaway
Is the story of Carla who is not happy with her marriage to Clarke and with the help of her next door neighbour she gets on a bus to Toronto only to get off it early and call Clarke to pick he...more
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