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Alice Munro's Best: A Selection of Stories

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  1,069 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
In her lengthy and fascinating introduction Margaret Atwood says “Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time. . . . Among writers themselves, her name is spoken in hushed tones.”

This splendid gift edition is sure to delight Alice Munro’s growing body of admirers, what Atwood calls her “devoted international readership.” Long-time fans of her stor
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Douglas Gibson Books (first published 2006)
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Glenn Sumi
A superb introduction to one of the best writers in the English language. (If you can get a copy of 1996's Selected Stories you'll be able to sample even more of her early work - since this collection starts with her fourth book.)

I've read some of these multiple times, studied them, quoted them, laughed over them and recognized myself and people I know in them.

What she does with the short story form is astonishing. And while she's known for her stories set in a particular area of Southwestern On
Ahmad Sharabiani
My best stories, Alice Munro
عنوان: عشق جایش تنگ است؛ نویسنده: آلیس مونرو؛ مترجم: نجمه رمضانی؛ تهران، نشر قطره، 1393؛ در 198 ص؛ شابک: 9786001197901؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان کانادایی قرن 21 م
مونرو برنده ی جایزه ی ادبی نوبل سال 2013؛ مجموعه داستانهایی مثل «رقص سایه های شاد»، «زندگی دختران و زنان»، «رازهای عیان» و «دوستان جوانی من»، «فکر کردی کی هستی؟» و «فرار» نیز هستند
دیگر آثار:
رؤیای مادرم، آلیس مونرو، ترانه علیدوستی (مترجم)، تهران: نشر مرکز، 1390
میخواستم چیزی بهت بگم، آلیس مونرو، نیا
Nov 22, 2009 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this collection of seventeen short stories, Alice Munro, the incomparable Canadian author, has woven her usual magic. Each narrative can be read in no more than an hour, yet each story lingers in the reader’s mind for days afterward. The last story in the collection, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” was the basis for the recent critically acclaimed Julie Christie movie, “Away From Her.”

Many, perhaps most, of the stories revolve around a woman somewhat at the margins of her society, a woman
I've read most of My Best Stories from the collections they originally appeared in, but this was a welcome re-acquaintance; a reunion with the nearly forgotten. Here's a longish passage from "Miles City, Montana" that demonstrates why Alice Munro is the master, my guru:


But she swam. She held her breath and came up swimming.

What a chain of lucky links.

That was all we spoke about - luck. But I was compelled to picture the opposite. At this moment, we could have been filling out forms.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
داستان های زیبایی بودونکته بسیارجالب این که محوراصلی وسبک نوشتاری برپایه نامه ونامه نگاری است که برایم بسیارتازگی داشت.قطعابقیه آثارش راهم خواهم خواند
Apr 20, 2012 JBedient rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The copy before me is from the library, such a pristine copy too, sad, since anything by Munro from any library should be tattered and dog-eared from the wear and tear of readers...

But maybe the past patrons did the same thing I plan to do: I read five stories out of this collection and I decided, firmly and with conviction, to set this copy aside and purchase my own copy. This is a collection of stories to be savored for a lifetime.

I could not believe the quality of the writing.

The title stor
Richard Newton
I have to admit to ignorance - I had not heard of Alice Munro until she was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. But having heard of her, I am glad I did as these are excellent short stories. It's difficult to decide whether to judge a book like this according to the best stories or the average. The average standard is very high, but inconsistent. Not everything is brilliant, although all are good. And amongst the stories are some truly 5 start gems such as The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Yo ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se oggi riesco ad apprezzare maggiormente il genere racconto è grazie soprattutto alla scrittura elegante e raffinata della Munro.
Questa raccolta che raccoglie 17 racconti scelti personalmente dall'autrice sono un excursus del meglio della sua produzione. Le tematiche riscontrate sono quelle che i lettori della Munro hanno imparato con il tempo ad apprezzare. Le tematiche spaziano dall'essere se stessi alla sessualità sino alla religione. Le donne della Munro sono donne che cercano il loro equi
Julian Meynell
I finally read Munro consumed by guilt at not having read the only Canadian author to ever win a Nobel Prize for literature. This is a collection of short stories covering her whole career. I was a bit leery of Munro because I thought that it would be all icy glances over the dishes. The stories are actually pretty much that kind of thing, but they are quite good.

She writes well, although not really well. The third person pieces are more effective because she always writes in the same voice and
hossein sharifi
کتاب مجموعه سه داستان کوتاه یا بهتر بگم ناوِلت به نام های
نفرت، دوستی، معاشقه مهورزی ازدواج 1
دور افتاده 2
و منزلگاهی در برهوت 3

اولین باری بود که از آلیس مونرو میخوندم.. متن کتاب به خوبی ترجمه شده بود اما شیوه ی نگارش کتاب مورد علاقه من نبود و بشدت از خواندنش خسته شدم...
نویسنده انگار در حال حرف زدن بود مث یه آدم وراج که همینجور حرف میزند و حرف میزند
منم خسته شدم و 40 صفحه آخر رو نخوندم و خیلی از صفحات رو رد کردم
اما توصیف های فوق العاده ای داشت ، جوری که انگار به تماشای یک فیلم نشسته اید
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Penguin Random House Canada
Alice! Is there anyone better? She was my introduction to short stories, and to Canadian literature. Her writing makes me pause on nearly every page and wonder how she can capture a relationship or an emotion as brilliantly as she does...and then I quickly devour the next page and am astounded all over again. Time, after time, after time…and oh, I’ve read these stories many times. I think this is my most-crinkle-paged book on the shelf, and maybe my most gifted book too (in fact, I handed it ove ...more
Oli Yerovi
Oct 18, 2015 Oli Yerovi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire the fact that the apparent ordinary existence can be intriguing in her stories and that I did picture the small town Canada living and feeling. But around 500 pages of short stories portraying females in some kind of distress was maybe too much to read all along. I suggest savour each story giving some time from one to another. There were some brilliant stories, which moved me deeply.
Peter Mendrela
Jul 14, 2015 Peter Mendrela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prosaic Perfection!

If I were given only two words to describe Alice Munro achievement “prosaic perfection” would have to be it.

I admit it was thoroughly snobbish of me. It took my own citizenship, an eminent literature professor’s laudatory (and hortatory) analysis, and – as though these were not enough – a Nobel Prize to get to know and instantly becomeIf I were given only two words to describe Alice Munro achievement 'prosaic perfection' would have to be it.

I admit it was thoroughly snobbish o
Mar 23, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up after having developed a passing familiarity with this author’s work in various anthologies and her contributions to the New Yorker magazine, so perhaps I already had an idea of what to expect; but there’s always something different about reading a writer of short stories in a collection rather than in isolation. Perhaps encountering them with no prior knowledge elsewhere is preferable in some ways for the thrill of that initial encounter, but it’s in a collection like this that ...more
Anna [Floanne]
Questa è un'antologia di racconti tratti da varie opere della Munro e da lei scelti come i più rappresentativi del suo stile, che non più tardi di due anni fa, le ha permesso di essere insignita del meritatissimo Nobel per la Letteratura. Dare un giudizio unico e globale del libro in sé mi riusciva difficile, poiché è la prima volta che mi accosto a questa scrittrice e alla moltitudine di tematiche da lei indagate. Come spesso accade, alcuni brani mi hanno colpito maggiormente rispetto ad altri ...more
Millie Ho
Jul 16, 2016 Millie Ho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m amazed by how much Alice Munro can cram into one short story. Her short stories are more complete than some novels I’ve read, and these are the best of the best, though you can find many gems in her other collections such as “Dear Life” and “Lives of Girls and Women”, which contain stories that don’t overlap with "My Best Stories".

I was just thinking today why I adore her stories so much, and aside from the characters and plot and daughter/mother themes (which are featured heavily), I love
Ilse Wouters
Feb 13, 2017 Ilse Wouters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
I was already a fan of Alice Munros excellent short stories and this collection is a wonderful way to enjoy them one by one... I had the collection at my bed side waiting for the right moment to read it. It has finally come!
While reading a quite complex historical novel in Spanish, I felt I could "digest" it better when reading a short story from this collection between every two chapters of the Spanish book.
Its amazing what AM can say in a single short story, and maybe even more amazing is th
Ben Winch
Jul 03, 2012 Ben Winch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ashamed to say I didn't get to read all of these stories before I had to return them to the library (short stories, especially of 20 pages and up, being in a way harder to 'make time' for than novels because they should/must be read in one sitting), but from what I read they were excellent, especially 'The Moons of Jupiter'. That story has everything! Small-scale yet cosmic - by the end it just opens out like the roof peeling back from the observatory and leaves you gazing out at the 'shorel ...more
Gail Amendt
Apr 23, 2014 Gail Amendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hfu2014ba
I first read Alice Munro for a university English course when I was eighteen, and I can't say that I cared for her writing very much. It seemed to be just a series of stories about nothing. When my book club decided to read this collection of her short stories, I wondered if 25+ years of maturity would increase my appreciation for her writing, and I'm happy to say that it has. Her stories are still about nothing...just about people living mundane lives going through fairly ordinary events. Her g ...more
I admit to jumping on the bandwagon with this one. Munro won the Nobel prize and I - being Canadian, a fellow alumna of Western and a lover of literature - was embarrassed to say that I'd never read anything by her. At least that I could recall.
I really enjoyed the first couple of stories in this collection, which followed the same characters. They were relatable, they lived in southwestern Ontario and inhabited the world of higher education. I liked that I could picture the setting, and it brou
Nov 22, 2016 Cláudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demorei um pouco a entrar no ritmo de Alice Munro, tenho de admitir. O primeiro conto pareceu-me bastante aborrecido e num livro de 600 e tal páginas, é bastante problemático começar com o pé errado. De qualquer maneira, nunca abandono um livro e dei uma oportunidade ao conto seguinte, que me surpreendeu bastante (acabando por ser o meu preferido de todo o livro).
A sua escrita é bastante suave, fácil de ler, sem o uso exagerado de palavras complexas como costumamos ver em vencedores do prémio n
Cid Medeiros
Aug 17, 2014 Cid Medeiros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By beautifully and insightfully telling displaced short stories, Munro ended up composing bigger ones. It felt like an old brain remembering its own existence through the recollection of scattered memories while her owner is drinking some hot beverage during some Canadian winter. Just like that: someone, somewhere in Canada, sometime...
That lack of rigidness, while deconstructing the traditional line of time of reading novels, creates an organic and more natural telling stories experience: she
Aug 22, 2007 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a little skeptical of some people's passionate adoration of all things Munro, because I thought they might like the idea of her better than the actual stories. But after committing to this big ol' anthology of some of her best, I have to admit that I was wrong. She gets it so right sometimes that she made me feel a little exposed. Some of my favorites--The Beggar Maid, Vandals, Runaway.
Dec 08, 2011 Rachelheavers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Margaret Atwood told me to read this book, in the introduction to this book, but it certainly didn't prepare me to like this book as much as I do.

Alice Munro is the perfect women's author. There are people in my real life that I understand better because of the people she creates, dissects and explains in the not-real world of her stories.

Wander through my day thinking about things I read the night before, the best possible endorsement.
Jan 16, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Munro is simply the best contemporary short story writer. Each story is compelling and the characters fascinating. Plus many are set in 20th Century Ontario - a nice change from American settings.
Shannon Coates
Jan 07, 2012 Shannon Coates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incomparably beautiful
Eternally elegant
Jan 18, 2014 Antonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This type of literature is the opposite of my taste - I found Munro's writing too conservative and ordinary.
Mar 31, 2014 Shuriu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It did not occur to me then that one day I would be so greed for Jubilee. Voracious and misguided as Uncle Craig out at Jenkin's Bend, writing his history, I would want to write things down.
I would try to make lists. A list of all the stores and businesses going up and down the main street and who owned them, a list of family names, names on the tombstones in the cemetery and any inscriptions underneath…
The hope of accuracy we bring to such tasks is crazy, heartbreaking.
And no list could ev
May 16, 2017 Mari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
– Non serve sapere che cosa si vuole per saper che cosa non si vuole!–

La gente fa grandi cambiamenti, ma non sono mai quelli che si immagina.

Probabilmente ho sbagliato a scegliere questo libro per una sfida, mi era già successo in passato con Scerbanenco...

Sono racconti che meritano una lettura non vincolata da tempi imposti. Non perché complessi o pesanti, al contrario, scorrono piacevolmente, però ognuno, in poche pagine, racchiude una storia degna di un romanzo, per questo credo che possano e
Jan 17, 2014 Ci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read-books
In this collected stories, one learns not to trust one’s observation and analysis of self and others. Nothing is what it seems to be nor should be, while self and others morphs over time and condition. And no amount of religion, family value, or social success can fill the pool of muddy waters hiding and revealing the hints of our psychological damage and detritus. We are forever coping the moment when the milk of human kindness receded into something snarly and snarky. This irreducibility of hu ...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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