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The Moons of Jupiter

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**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

The characters who populate an Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare the unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.
Paperback, 233 pages
Published May 6th 2004 by Vintage (first published 1982)
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مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة
أليس مونرو الحائزة على نوبل في الآداب لعام 2013.
لتحميل هذا الكتاب مجاناً
Munro's stories are a delight to read, and this collection is no exception. For me, she is one of the hardest writers to read as a writer. I mean, her technique is so seamless that it can be very hard to pick it apart to learn from. For example, when she shifts in "Chaddeleys and Flemmings"between the narrator's perspective as a child and the narrator's perspective as an adult it is almost unnoticeable. The shift is there, and for good reason, but Munro's technique sits in the background working ...more
Alice Munro is such an artist.
I simply loved Too Much Happiness and definitely wanted to read more of her work. This is one of her earlier collections published in 1982 and though I didn’t find it as good, there are still plenty of little jewels I thoroughly enjoyed.

What Munro does so well is everyday interactions, these beautiful everyday moments we tend to ignore because we think they have no meaning, but they say so much about who we are.
There are also more defining moments in this collectio
Davyd Davison
After Munro was announced as the Nobel Prize laureate, I excitedly went about obtaining a number of her books. I got her newest book and a collection of her best stories, but someone somewhere online suggested that this, The Moons of Jupiter, was her personal favorite. So, on that suggestion, I started with this book.

The opening stories were surprisingly brilliant, and Munro's ability to share momentous insights within a sentence or two continually impressed me. To read Munro is to see her chara
Dao Strom
Okay well, the fact is I have read everything by Alice Munro, some more than once, and I love most of it. But this book is one of my favorites for some reason... It feels like a transitional book among her stories - stories of the woman leaving her family, the lone-ness of striking out on her own, portraits of relationships in those key decisive moments of continuing but knowing the ending is near. I love the two-part story that opens this book "Chaddeleys and Flemings" and how she disparately c ...more
When I constrain myself to sit and describe a collection of stories from Alice Munro I find myself unusually timid; they have the abundance and detail of longer fiction, so every book is like a family of novels or a garden of ornamented individuals. Their roots may have a reach that is tenuous or significant, they may be fragile seedlings or hardy adults or have died in the winter; regardless, they all have in common the parent soil. If the ground has been previously trodden then Munro is the fi ...more
The first few stories in this collection were incredible: moving and vivid, just as I expect from this master of short stories. However, most of the other stories were forgettable.

The title story, Moons of Jupiter, was about an author coming to grips with her father’s heart valve transplant, 2 grown children who have gone their own, secretive ways, and her own interests in writing and fashion. This was Alice Munro at her typical and her best, taking the reader inside the life of someone who is
Lori Stevenson
Quite possibly the most boring and pointless book ever.
Tenía muchas ganas de leer algo de esta autora y este volumen de relatos breves me ha gustado mucho. Es impresionante la forma en que Munro hurgar en la mente de sus protagonistas femeninas trasmitiendo un mensaje coherente hasta de las personalidades más extremas. El lenguaje es sencillo y a la vez muy cuidado, creando esa sensación de falsa facilidad que tanto cuesta a los escritores.
Respecto a los temas, hay un poco de todo. El hilo conductor suele ser la visión femenina del mundo, muchas ve
It just struck me that Munro gets to the heart of what I personally think family and relationships end up being about.

That didn't sound too impressive... but this is my favourite theme, the all-consuming topic of my life for the past few years, in particular. Adulthood to me is the realisation that family in particular is not to be taken for granted, and that age can be a gently wonderful and terrible beast.

Munro tackles these so well, story after story... which is why she is one of my favourite
I guess I am obsessed with Alice Munro. I'm not sure if I am becoming more accustomed to her writing, or if I am becoming more accustomed to reading short stories. Either way I am thoroughly enjoying this new discovery. This is my favorite collection so far. It has my favorite story to date, 'Labor Day Dinner'. There is so much I like about this story, especially how the children are written. Generally children are dismissed at best, ignored at worse. But in this story the children are smart and ...more
Many times, I will dip into a short story collection, read a few, and set it aside. I read straight through this one. Munro is brilliant at capturing the fleeting emotion; the thoughts percolating under everyday life; the growth, quirks, and fall of relationships...I am tempted to quote some brilliant lines from the stories, but they are so much better within the stories themselves as you are pulled into the world of whatever characters she is following. A Nobel Prize well-deserved. (Brett Easto ...more
Judith Shadford
I love Alice Munro. Her writing is so finely crafted, simple, in a way, that it falls away from the constructions of characters...lives, really, that makes them seem like personal memories. She leaves me, not just with a description of an afternoon, but with the smells of the porch, the sounds of birds, the shattering of consciousness after the accident that didn't happen. When I get covetousness over her skill, I realize that what happens in her stories is the way her mind works, it isn't learn ...more
Glenn Sumi
The Moons Of Jupiter is Munro's fifth book, and I think a turning point in her writing.

A few stories ("Mrs. Cross And Mrs. Kidd," "Visitors") feel anachronistic, simple, well-written tales that could have been part of her first collection. Others, like "Bardon Bus" and "Hard-Luck Stories," are cool, playful experiments that don't quite pay off.

Most importantly, Munro starts doing fascinating stuff with time and perspective in a way that she'd perfect in her next few books (The Progress Of Love,
Octavio Villalpando
Dec 31, 2013 Octavio Villalpando rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Edith Wasco, May Wonderland
La verdad es que no conocía el trabajo de Alice Munro. Pero aprovechando las re-ediciones que han salido de su trabajo una vez que se anunció que el Nobel de Literatura 2013 sería adjudicado a ella, y de un modo algo auto indulgente, decidí ver que onda. Normalmente le tengo algo de desconfianza a los del consejo que otorga el Nobel, a veces se me figura que son casi como los monos que otorgan el Oscar. Así pues, decidí leerla no con muchas esperanzas...

¡Ah, pocas cosas en la vida son tan alent
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Una de las pocas cosas con la que estoy de acuerdo con el polémico Franzen es que recomienda leer a Munro; por una vez y sin que sirva de precedente.
Ya hablé bastante de “La vida de las mujeres” y desvelaba algunos de los secretos que utiliza con frecuencia; bueno, en realidad, lo decía ella misma en el increíble epílogo a ese ciclo de relatos cortos estructurado como novela.
En esta ocasión tenemos ya el típico libro de relatos ambientados en
I know Alice Munro is quite celebrated, but this collection of short stories struck me rather as the above-average college essays of an English major more than anything else.

First of all, although the short stories in this collection almost invariably build up to something befittingly atmospheric and pregnant, they nearly all give an anticlimactic sort of feel after that. It feels like a novel just about to plunge into the heart of its tale and then being slashed off.

Also, although the character
I suspect that Munro's stories are like a mood ring--the color and tone reflect a great deal who you are when you read them. That said, the stories in The Moons of Jupiter seemed to me to be lacking the luminous inner quality of many of her stories I've read, that touch of grace that illuminates the heart of so many of her stories. These felt more opaque, heavier and duller (not more boring but less bright). Perhaps that's a function of the reader, perhaps it's that these are earlier works than ...more
Trying to summarize why I don't go in much for short stories - it feels like the effort in approaching a new piece of fiction to become familiar with a set of characters and milieu needs to be repaid by a sustained story of a certain length - sheer laziness on my part, in other words! Munro came recommended from several sources, so I decided to get over that - plus the first two stories here concern the same family and several others contain echoes of one another - the emotionally distant anthro ...more
Ann Brogan
I love her spare and understated style - still waters run deep indeed. Her writing is so observant and wise. All of the main characters or narrators (for the most part women) in this lovely collection of short stories are likeable and admirable in their human strengths and weaknesses - you have the sense that they are real people. I wouldn't say this is an "unputdownable" book, but it is one you can come back to without any difficulty and it is one that will stay with me for longer than others t ...more
While 'Open Secrets' was a tough nut to crack, this collection of stories dating from the late 70's and mid 80's has made Munro less intimidating and converted me into a fan.

Some themes from the collection:
- A childhood memory of the days spent with a group of boisterous aunts and an encounter with one of them years later.

- A visit to a planetarium while a father is preparing for a critical surgery.

- A 80 year old woman in an old age home trying to discipline a depressed man recovering from
Colleen O'Neill Conlan
Another great collection by Alice Munro. I read this as part of my mission to read all of her books, in the order they were published. What I love about her stories is that there are no huge dramas, no great epiphanies. She is expert at examining women's relationships, women's motives, women's psychology. Now that I have read five of her books, I notice that the women in the stories are getting older, and they are moving further from the woods and small towns of her earlier books. I see her writ ...more
Rob Hermanowski
This was my first experience reading Alice Munro's work. This Canadian author recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and is best known for her short stories. "The Moons of Jupiter" is a collection of some these stories, all set in Canada, and all depicting ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Munro's writing is beautiful and poignant - very highly recommended!
Lee Ellen
This is a collection of stories that are full of beautiful poignancy and often trenchant prose. They do not have magnificent plots or dynamic intrigue - the protagonists in these stories are simply normal women living their normal lives - yet each story is incredibly compelling. Alice Munro has a knack for expressing complex emotions without indulging in pity or mawkishness and, in so doing, delves deep into fundamental truths about the causes of certain feelings and the very human interactions ...more
James F
I skipped ahead to her fifth book, consisting of 11 stories written between 1977 and 1982. These stories seem more mature than the earlier ones, not only in subject matter -- mostly older women rather than the young girls of the earlier books -- but also in the style, less straightforward narrative although still realistic. If not exactly optimistic, dealing largely with unsuccessful love affairs, these stories on the whole are at least less claustrophobic than the earlier ones; these women have ...more
Andy Miller
This collection is of stories written in the late 70s and early 80s. Overall, as I think Munro's writing continued to evolve and improve over time, the sign of writing genius, this collection did grab me as much as her later collections. But there are some stories that she out of the park

While "Dulse" was not necessarily one of my favorites, a book editor stays at an island inn by herself as a relationship is ending, it does feature a fascinating appearance by Wila Cather through discussions the
Ena Alvarado
On the whole, a fantastic set of short stories. I had never read anything by Alice Munro before, and I believe The Moons of Jupiter served as a wonderful introduction to her work. My favorite stories were "Accident," "Bardon Bus," "Labor Day Dinner," "Connection," and "The Stone In The Field." I am in love with Munro's style of writing. And, more importantly, I feel like her stories are so true to real life! I hope to read more of her in the near future.
Mónica Mar
Empecé este libro por puro ocio; esperaba que alguien terminara un quehacer o un deber o alguna cosa que no recuerdo. Sí recuerdo que desde el primer cuento, Los Chaddeley y los Fleming, me sumergí en ese mundo de grandes acontecimientos y microscópicas nimiedades que es la vida cotidiana. Munro sabe explotar el sentimiento por el que todo lector coge un libro: las vidas de los demás siempre serán más interesantes que las nuestras. Dramas familiares, grandes y pequeños, son el foco de cada uno d ...more

هي حكّاءة قديرة لها طرق نابضة بالحياة في رواية قصصها، وإن لم تخرج عن نطاق القصص التقليدية في إطارها العام، وأدري إن عمرها تعدّى الثمانين عامًا، ولكن أقصد ما قيل في الغلاف الخلفي بإن هذه الكاتبة الكندية الحائزة على نوبل 2013 قد "وُصفت أعمالها بإنها أحدث ثورة في بنية القصة القصيرة"، لا أدري أي ثورة، فقصص هذه المجموعة كانت محافظة إلى حد ما وكلاسيكية جدًا جدًا، وبالأسلوب المعتاد في القص، وإن كانت الثورة الوحيدة التي قد يقصدها هو إنها أطالت القصة القصيرة عن الطول المعتاد لها، وغير ذلك النفس الطويل فا
Frances Sawaya
Again, I have not figured out how to give a hlf star rating, so, actually, this should be four and a half. Half, for purely personal reason in that the first two stories really did nothing for me. What did do something? Well, give some thought to this line from 'Labor Day Picnic. "Her life and her presence, more than any opinion she expresses, remind you that love is not kind of honest and does not contribute to happiness in any reliable way." And this, which gives insight into a major character ...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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