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The incomparable Alice Munro’s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2004)
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Not, who has read more Alice Munro that I have, wants to know why she doesn't write novels. Her uncharitable hypothesis is that Munro is too lazy to do the necessary work; she'd rather just scribble down each idea in short story form and then move on to the next one. Other people criticize her for being "cerebral" or "contrived". I don't agree with any of this, but I can see where the accusations are coming from.

After some thought, I find a metaphor which sums up my own feelings. It's true that
in 1997, the reigning king of redonda, a tiny island & micronation in the bahamas, was so moved by superstar spanish writer javier marias's novel todas las almas that he abdicated the throne and handed it to marias. weird shit. so marias confers the title of 'duke' and 'duchess' to certain people, amongst them:

john ashbery (duke of convexo)
pedro almodovar (duke of trémula)
frank gehry (duke of nervión)
w.g. sebald (duke of vértigo)
guillermo cabrera infante (duke of tigres)

every year all the d
Feb 23, 2012 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Margaret Atwood's fans
Recommended to Tatiana by: The New Yorker fiction podcast
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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
Here's what Jonathan Franzen said about this book in the NY Times Book Review:

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
Short stories can be deeply unsatisfying. Too often the nuance overshadows character and plot development, as if the author is cruelly trying to offer the reader a tiny taste of a story before yanking it away again. No so with Alice Munro. She writes with such simplicity and economy and mystery. The mystery arises from the way that she presents each story--just a few words at the outset, perfectly descriptive, but never overly so. And then the rest of it is just like (**alert**be prepared for ti ...more
This 2004 collection of eight stories by the Nobel Prize winning Canadian short story writer wonderfully demonstrates her narrative flair, the careful construction of her stories, and her psychological sensitivity and perception. As is characteristic of her work, the stories here feature women navigating the shoals of familial constraints, transitions, and, to use an overused term, dysfunctions. Munro works with an economy of language, conjuring moods and shifts of meaning, the subtleties of rel ...more
Thing Two
Alice Munro - you can't just read her once. You've got to read her again, and again, and again.

Her stories written about women and men who live lives like you and I - 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, soo
Os oito contos de Alice Munro, reunidos em Fugas contêm vidas inteiras. Vidas de mulheres, das suas relações, dos seus conflitos, das suas buscas incessantes de um significado para as suas vidas.

«Fugas é um grande prato de caviar, a navegar sobre uma brilhante cama de gelo, com uma colher de madrepérola. Lembre-se: é por esta razão que come, lê, faz amor, o que quer que seja – para se entregar à [para se deixar levar pela] tola sensação de admiração e prazer.»
(The Washington Post)
Diario dell’anima
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
Malinconica e inquietante, Munro. Raffinata pittrice del destino. Tessitrice di trame sottili, attraverso le quali intravvedere sempre l'orlo di un baratro mai compiutamente descritto. Sia esso un oscuro dramma familiare, un turpe segreto trattenuto per anni, o una semplice, improvvisa, nuova consapevolezza di sé. Una narrativa soave, ben meditata, che esalta l'immaginazione e lascia sempre a metà strada, tra il semplice ascolto di una storia e una riflessione più profonda, su opinioni inespress ...more
I didn't realize this was a book of short stories when I bought it. It's my first book of short stories. I've decided that I don't care much for short stories. The characters and stories aren't developed enough. Her stories were a bit bizarre, mostly with endings I didn't like. Parts of the stories are interesting and I kept expecting them to get better and then I'd get disappointed. The only one I liked was the second to the last story. I think it was called Tricks. The last story I didn't unde ...more
If Alice Munro built a bridge out of popsicle sticks to cross the Colorado River at any point, I wouldn't hesitate to step on it. Whatever there is to say about her genius, and there's a lot, we have to say, of all the instruments she commands as a writer, *structure* is the one with which she is most masterful. This is how she's a realist--not because all the people in her stories wear pants (when appropriate) and none have nipples that light up like flashlights on touch, but because meaning an ...more
If you need someone to sell you on short stories, go to Alice Munro. Her writing is straightforward and easy to grasp, yet it still conveys a wide range of striking and subtle emotions. In Runaway, most of the stories involve a middle-aged woman reflecting on her past and how an event has affected her life. The premise of each story appears simple - a woman has a passionate love affair with a married man, a daughter fails to comfort her mom - which allows Munro to weave in truths about human rel ...more
Chris Gager
This will be my second read of this book. It's been a few years and also a while since I've read any Alice Munro, my favorite writer. Nobel Prize winner now and well deserved! I decided to read it because my friend Alice wrote some trivia questions from it and I couldn't remember much.

"Runaway" is the lead story and one I read first in The New Yorker. In fact, I may not have actually read any of these stories in book form before. Five of the eight appeared in the New Yorker and that's where I l
I was a little reluctant to begin reading more work by Alice Munro, as the images burned into my brain by "Wild Swans" have never fully left.
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
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Perhaps written in a prose a little too pleased with itself, these stories invite admiration rather than any blind adoration. Often her observations can seem arbitrary rather than truly insightful. The fictional milieu of Munro's stories is limited and this proves to be their virtue as they manage to avoid what often make for uncomfortable acts of cultural ventriloquism.
در داستان های این کتاب دخترها و زن هایی وجود دارند که حتی به خواب هم نمی دیدند کسی آنها را دیده باشد چه برسد به آنکه شخصیت های داستان های آلیس مونرو باشند. دخترها و زن هایی به شدت معمولی و در عین حال ویژه مثل اکثر آدم ها

Marzieh rasouli
خوندن داستانا خیلی حال داد. پر از جزئیاتی بود درباره‌ی زندگی تو روستا یا شهر کوچیک و توصیف خونه‌ها و مناظر، آدم‌ها و عادت‌هاشون. خیلی باحوصله و دست‌و‌دل‌باز. از داستان اول که اسمش فرار بود خیلی خیلی خوشم اومد.
Roberto Macias
I am a serious fan of short stories. Like Aphorismos, I think they are a much bigger expression of prose than the long texts, since the author must be concise and convey the whole idea in a shorter text. No room for babbling. Now as for Munro, well her short stories ar insightful, langague is clean and developed, an she has a clearly piercing mind. But that's it, she does not have the lucidity of the great authors, I agree with the prologue that short stories do not get the credit they deserve, ...more
On the back cover of my Runaway edition it is written, among other things, the following : « …Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. » Indeed they are. About love, but also about friendship, and about parenthood. But mostly these stories are about loneliness, which leads to evasion and deception – of others and oneself. All presented in that specific Southern Ontario Gothic style, grimly revealing moral, social and religious hypocrisy.
Alice Munro, I’m in love. It started with The Beggar Maid, and now Runaway:Stories. I think it's difficult reading short story collections (not to mention rating and reviewing them) because more often than not their content oscillates between the simultaneously glorious and frustrating extremes of oh-god-this-touched-my-soul and what-was-the-point-there-was-no-pay-off. One story could be brilliant, and the next could have you dumbfounded and soured, wondering if the good ones are just a fluke th ...more
As Jonathan Franzen says, Alice Munro is indeed the underappreciated master of the short story. Her stories are filled with quiet moments, wonderfully, empathetically observed human detail and surprising plot developments that bring great aesthetic pleasure. Her style is unassuming, no verbal pyrotechnics here, but just solid story-telling, at a measured pace that guides the reader with a sure and confident hand. And she never fails to illuminate the Canadian landscape and countryside that form ...more
Alice Munro writes with simplicity and beauty about the lives of ordinary people. She writes about making the wrong choice, about misunderstandings, about love and loss. If you have read her stories, you already know this. If you haven't, please seek her out without delay.
A partir do momento em que um escritor é galardoado com o Prémio Nobel da Literatura, espera-se tudo, menos o que Alice Munro me deu. Confesso que não me sinto surpreendido ou espantando, mas, sim, tocado pelas histórias místicas que compõe o livro. Munro contribuiu fortemente para a quebra do preconceito que eu tinha em relação à arte do conto. Sem saber o porquê, julgava que eram ficções infundadas e fragmentadas.
Em cada conto, a autora enaltece ou critica a posição da mulher. Não o faz de for
Jen Estrella
I've never been a fan of short stories. And until recently I wasn't aware that I share this dislike with a pretty significant amount of people…I've been seeing around Goodreads how common it is for people who read novels not to like short stories. It would be interesting to know if the reasons for that distaste are all similar, at the core.

So, I started this book with an open mind. I was excited to read it, knowing after all, that Alice Munro is a Nobel Laureate from 2013 and that her fan base c
Maria João Fernandes
"Fugas" é um livro sobre pessoas. O verdadeiro interesse dos contos reside no retrato das pessoas, principalmente das mulheres que dão vida às personagens principais e da evolução das suas relações, numa luta contra o destino que lhes está reservado.

"Que outra coisa, que outra pessoa podia representar um desafio tão imenso?"

No primeiro conto, "Fugida", Carla está presa ao amor que sente pelo seu marido, apesar das dificuldades e sofrimento que o casamento lhe causa. A história é triste, mas a re
Alice Munro is an amazing short story writer. Runaway is yet another example of her mastery of the craft. Realistic, vividly drawn characters. Well-developed plots. Insight and wisdom about human nature . . . about choices and defining moments. Check, check, check. As always, she seems wise, like someone who, for better or worse, understands exactly how we humans work.

I was also interested in some of the recurring themes here: the nature of power, particularly for her characters, mostly women i
This is my second encounter with Munro, and I've been trying to decide whether I found this or 'Open Secrets' to be the better collection; I'm torn, though, because I think this one is more coherent *as* a collection, but that the great stories of 'OS' are pitch-perfect and glimmering in a way that these ones less frequently, or perhaps less obviously, manage.

The stories of 'Runaway' are quiet; they whisper rather than shout, simmer rather than boil over (excepting perhaps the conclusion of 'Tr
Rachel Aloise
Ahh, I loved these stories so much. My second collection by Alice Munro and I’m so glad there are many more volumes of her stories or I would be mourning the last page. In a way, I am as I finished the book yesterday and can’t stop thinking about these stories. They all convey a sense of melancholy. Like coming across a long forgotten snapshot, a point in the past where all possibilities were open, and then—telescoping in time, often spanning decades in a few pages—life has run its course. And t ...more
Prone to exaggeration as I am, I nonetheless have not the tiniest qualm saying that Alice Munro is the finest short story writer of our time. The stories in RUNAWAY are excellent from cover to cover. The title story deals with a young woman in a messy marriage; her husband is a roue without the sophistication necessary to play that part. She attempts to leave him when he broaches a dastardly scheme to bilk a neighbor woman. Running away is a common thread in this collection---and the women who ...more
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“This is what happens. You put it away for a little while, and now and again you look in the closet for something else and you remember, and you think, soon. Then it becomes something that is just there, in the closet, and other things get crowded in front of it and on top of it and finally you don't think about it at all.

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