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Who Do You Think You Are?

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A new book by Alice Munro is always a major event, providing striking proof that a book can be both extremely popular and of the very highest literary quality. It is significant that this superb collection of linked stories has been four years in the making, a reflection of the author's determination to select only polished work that is truly excellent.
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published 1978 by Macmillan (first published 1977)
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May 07, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a review of the Selected Stories that functioned as herald, Updike spoke of “a well-mediated complexity and multiplicity of plot, an intense clarity of phrase and image, an exceptional psychological searchingness and honesty,” “a grittiness…and a bold reach”—promises of pleasure I retained, and recalled over time, until circumstances (fatigue with the fiction I was reading, ambitious browsing in a store that carried a quantity of Munro) placed The Beggar Maid in hand. And it’s wonderful. Thes ...more
What is there to say about Alice Munro? She is the consummate artist, the supreme master of the short story form. Incomparable in her complexity: the sudden rush of surprising juxtapositions, the dip of a yawning vision of the abyss, the gurgle of delightful humour, the vibrant pleasure of recognition, that moment when you say yes, yes, of course.

This collection, subtitled Stories of Flo and Rose, was first published in 1977. The stories are more or less chronologically arranged and follow Rose
In these ten inter-connected stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the universal story of growing up; the question of identity, of resilience, and of escape – with a difference, of course, because this is Alice Munro, the Canadian author of too many awards to mention. In June, 2009 she won the Man Booker International Prize.

After reading daughter Sheila Munro’s memoir, I decided to reread Who Do You Think You Are? (titled: The Beggar Maid: Storie
Richard Derus
Rating: 2.5* of five

I hate Flo, and dislike Rose, and can think of no possible reason for anyone to read more than the Pearl Rule requires or the first three stories, whichever comes first in your edition.

The entire unkind review is on my blog, Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
Greta tra le righe
Alice Munro era nella lista degli autori che avrei voluto leggere già da qualche anno, nonostante di lei sapessi proprio poco. Sapevo che aveva vinto un Nobel, e sapevo che scrive prevalentemente racconti.
Non sono sicura che iniziando con “Chi ti credi di essere?” io abbia fatto la scelta migliore, nonostante Franzen sul retro di copertina sostenesse proprio il contrario, perché non ci ho trovato tutta quella potenza e forza espressiva che mi sarei aspettata da un premio Nobel, né ho potuto far
Lyn Elliott
Dec 19, 2015 Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it
Finally I have entered the world of Munro readers and am delighted to find myself there.
It's interesting to learn that the transitions of Munro's own life are reflected in Rose's story and the emotional complexities circling round that central issue of 'who do you think you are', with deep uncertainty about self. In every story, we see this manifested in some way - Rose's indecision about marriage, the aftermath of that decision, misjudged relationships, wild exhilaration, lasting embarrassment
Jan 03, 2013 Lucrezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La Munro ormai è una delle mie certezze letterarie. Anche questa volta dopo "Nemico,Amico,Amante" Alice non mi ha delusa.

Solo che da "Who Do You Think You Are?" mi sono sentita colpita più da vicino...

In queste dieci storie (che in realtà storie poi non sembrano ,legate come sono dalle varie tappe della vita della protagonista, somigliano più a capitoli di uno stesso romanzo) si segue la crescita e la maturazione di Rose su cui "incombe" sempre la figura della matrigna Flo..

Rose è cresciuta nel
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Sometimes I watch singing contests (like the American Idol) on tv and see good singers lose because they would commit the unfortunate mistake of choosing the wrong songs to sing. I cannot say here that Alice Munro chose the wrong plot, or that the story does not suit her. I do not know what would have suited her. I can see, however, that she's a very good writer although the story here (short STORIES, really, but made into one cohesive novel because of the commonality of characters in each of th ...more
Mar 09, 2013 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada
La sensazione che mi procura la maggior parte dei racconti di Alice Munro, essere collocati in un tempo eterno, non moderno, men che meno contemporaneo, deriva molto probabilmente dal fatto che sono in gran quantità ambientati in quella parte del Canada definita Sowesto (la contea di Huron, nel sudovest dell’Ontario), dove gli esseri umani sembrano saperla più lunga della terra e essere lì da più tempo degli alberi e dei fiumi, e dove chi vuole sapere più cose, leggere più d
Questo secondo approccio alla Munro mi ha un po’ delusa, rispetto a “Nemico, amico, amante …”. Scritto indubbiamente bene, questo libro, che può essere considerato un romanzo composto da racconti oppure racconti che finiscono per essere un romanzo (tipo “Olive Kitteridge”, di Elizabeth Strout, tanto per intenderci), non mi ha del tutto soddisfatta. Rose, Flo e gli altri personaggi, seguiti per un arco di tempo discontinuo, non arrivano a definirsi con l’immediatezza che mi aspettavo e che la pre ...more
Terribilmente interessante, più per la narrazione che per la storia in sé.

Non è una raccolta di racconti interconnessi; è un romanzo, puro e semplice. Certo, è narrato in maniera un po' anticonvenzionale, ma il fatto che Alice Munro sia pubblicizzata come la regina canadese del racconto breve non rende ogni sua opera un'antologia.
E non è la storia di Rose e Flo; è la storia di Rose. Con dentro un po' di Flo.

È la storia di Rose - debole, egoista, crudele, terrorizzata.
Forse delicata, forse amorev
Feb 25, 2014 Giovanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose è, “pirandellianamente” parlando, una che si guarda vivere. È consapevole del suo sforzo per interpretare dei ruoli, per nascondersi dietro a un atteggiamento studiato o a delle parole ben meditate. Nei suoi racconti ha sempre “il ruolo di una testimone distaccata e superiore”. Mai compromettersi. Mai svelarsi. Non a caso, di mestiere fa l'attrice. È un'attrice fin da bambina, quando cerca di imitare i modi di fare di una ragazza molto popolare nella sua scuola, o si atteggia a donna vissut ...more
Simona Foglia
Aug 13, 2015 Simona Foglia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Su tutti, "La fortuna di Simon". Perfetto.
Infinite stelle.
Mar 12, 2015 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I feel pretty confident at this point that I can always count on Alice Munro.
Chris Gager
May 13, 2016 Chris Gager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book, a request Xmas gift this year, this morning with the first story, "Royal Beatings," one I'd read years ago, probably in Selected Stories, the first AM collection I read once I started reading again in earnest. Ms. Munro is among my top five favorite writers and I'd been encountering her stories now and then in The New Yorker since the 1970's. "Royal Beatings" was one story I'd specifically remembered. Its a perfectly detached accounting of ritualized physical abuse in a smal ...more
Micky Sahi
Nov 17, 2014 Micky Sahi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What do I think? I don't know. Reading the 210 pages of sheer torture, I have not been able to figure out what kind of a person Rose really was. Or what this story is really trying to tell me.

Rose grew up in West Hanratty with her stepmother Flo and her father. Seeing her up-bringing and the lack of a real connection with her family, I would often think that once she is out of there, she would be ok.

I got hopeful and in a way proud of her when she got a scholarship and met Patrick. I thought her
Dec 26, 2015 Cathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't tell anyone, but I've never read any Alice Munro. I know, I know. All of my bookish friends love her -- even the ones who generally avoid anything written by women -- so this isn't a confession made lightly. I've meant to find something of hers for a while now, but it just never happened. There are so many books and so many writers that I want to read that things usually just have to bubble to the top for me to take notice.

Confession, The Sequel: I haven't been reading much of anything la
Jan 08, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I percorsi dei treni Il treno che attraversava le montagne subì molti ritardi a causa di una fitta nevicata. L'acqua gelò. Il convoglio fu costretto a lunghe soste in piccole stazioni, avvolto da nuvole di vapore prodotte dalle operazioni di scongelamento delle tubature. Si infilarono addosso i vestiti per uscire e scesero a correre sulla pensilina del binario. Rose disse: - Ti devo comprare un giaccone invernale. E degli stivali che tengano caldo -. Per i tetri inverni costieri un paio di stiva ...more
May 29, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love Alice Munro! I feel like quite a heel only giving this book three stars but it just didn't grab me. It's written as a series of short stories following the relationship between a girl/woman and her stepmother. Its very, um, earthy. It starts when Rose is a child as she grows up in total poverty. Her father had married Flo when Rose was very young and they move into the apartment behind Flo's store. Flo has installed indoor plumbing but the toilet is in a closet in the kitchen so ...more
Elizabeth A
Jun 19, 2013 Elizabeth A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The copy of the book I read is so old that the note on the type states: This book was set via computer-driven cathode-ray tubes in ELECTRA .... Copyright 1977, 1978. Seems like the dinosaurs were roaming the earth back then no?

But I digress. I read this book for book cub, and while I have read other books by the author, I cannot recall which ones. What has stayed with me, and what this book confirmed, is that she has a wonderful writing style, and can keenly capture the essence of a situation. T
Nov 07, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the most beautiful writing I have read recently. I kept having that feeling you get when you read a really gorgeous sentence or paragraph or scene and you just think, "WOW," and want to put it in your pocket and remember it forever. One of the critics' comments on the back of my copy used the phrase "psychological precision" and I don't think I could really put it any better. One of my favorite things about it was how it captured a person's feelings toward the people in the margins of th ...more
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تفاصيل كثيرة جدا وكأنها رواية
بل اننى بالفعل احترت فى تصنيفها :D
Silvia Zappalorti
3.5 stelle.. Grande prosa. La storia è comune ma non banale. D'altronde la storia di ogni essere umano non lo è, anche se la società, complessivamente intesa, vorrebbe portarci a pensarlo. L'autrice ce lo ricorda con garbo: ognuno è a suo modo speciale, anche se spesso ci si sente dire "chi ti credi di essere?".
Apr 08, 2015 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I finished this book (home alone), I definitely said out loud "Alice Munro never disappoints!" Beautiful, complicated and all the things we imagine that we alone think and feel.
Jan 24, 2014 Jaksen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprising book. A book mainly about characters - people - and they way they, (or we), intertwine with one another throughout their lives. A wonderful read, especially for anyone from a small town, or who was brought up in a small, close neighborhood. In these stories I see reflections of the people I lived with and grew up with. There are expressions that are the same or similar perhaps in every town, such as, 'she's no better than she should be,' and though perhaps expressed in different wor ...more
Someone I trusted told me long ago that they didn't rate Alice Munro. I can't remember who they were, but I do know that I stayed away from Munro for so long because of them. I'm not sure I would have ever read her books if it wasn't for a challenge that kind of forced me to do so. Based on The Beggar Maid, I don't think that would have been a total loss.

Don't get me wrong, I liked it enough. But it wasn't transcendental, nor was it atrocious. The Beggar Maid is dubbed to be Stories of Flo and R
Tags/Categories: 1001 Books, women writers, Canadian literature, short stories
Source: library book
Why: BOTM 1001 Book February 2014, Bingo (short stories)

This is another book of short stories by Canadian author and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature. Ms Munro writes this feminist work about Flo (the stepmother) and Rose (the stepdaughter). The stories are all loosely connected and march through life stages of Rose. In the beginning Flo is a big part, then Rose is married, has a dau
I loved this collection of short stories by Alice Munro. It was incredibly well written, and each interconnected story was detailed, absorbing and had the feel of a full novel. I was amazed at how well done each story was. Usually I read collections such as this one quickly, reading three or four stories at a time. This was one I read slowly, because the amount of detail and content in each story made it feel like I'd read something much longer.

The only issue I had was it took me a long time to
Mar 02, 2014 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave attention to Munro's literature when she won a Nobel Prize. Heard that some people call her a Canadian Czekhov. After reading Stories of Flow and Rose I can't agree with that opinion . Russian author wrote amazing and interesting books and Munro's creation it's awfully dull.
First of all I don't like main character. Reader meets Rose when she's young and see her grow. The girl is real pain in the neck ; full of herself, grumpy, cynical,bossy and dishonest. Seriously I couldn't find any p
Nov 03, 2014 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of short stories, but because they involve the same characters, it reads somewhat like a novel (and yet, not). Each short story is like a novelette and explores Rose's coming of age and trying to come to terms with her upbringing in a small Canadian town. She examines human complexities in a readable, but profound style of writing. No question that Munro's literary acclaim is well-deserved.
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  • The Manor
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  • A Bird in the House
  • Small Change
  • Island: The Complete Stories
  • Swamp Angel
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  • The First Garden
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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."

She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter
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