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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
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
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
Munro's genius is that she almost convinces the reader that she's a realist. But, without knowing it at first, the reader (or at least this...more
In fact, most of these twists are recognized far later, far past their actual occurrence-think "Tr...more
“Runaway” by Alice Munro is the first read of the year for me and I could not be happier for choosing this one. He...more
I find Munro's writing style pleasing. Concise and to the point, while still being descriptive, not only with regards to the story, but more importantly, the characters. With hardly a wasted word, Munro packs a lot of feeling into a short story, requiring you to care about her characters in such a l...more
‘My faith isn’t so simple,’ said Sara...’I can’t describe it. But it’s—all I can say—it’s something. It’s a—wonderful—something. When it gets really bad for me—when it gets so bad I—you know what I think then? I think, all right. I think—Soon. Soon I’ll see Juliet.'
But she had not protected Sara. When Sara had said, soon I’...more
I am also intrigued by the multiple stories about the same character (Juliet). I really enjoyed this -- she is recognizable in each story, but they are...more
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The thing that was your bright treasure. You don't think about it. A loss you could not contemplate at one time, and now it becomes something you can barely remember.
This is what happens.
Few people, very few, have a treasure, and if you do you must hang onto it. You must not let yourself be waylaid, and have it taken from you.”