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Preview — Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Too Much Happiness
In the first story a young wife and mother receives release from the unbearable pain of losing her three children from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever i ...more
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”Io sono diventata adulta, poi vecchia.”
Così Alice Munro compendia una intera vita; ed è con frasi come questa, abbaglianti nella loro spietata ovvietà, che questa straordinaria narratrice accende, conclude, risolve e sconvolge le sue storie.
Nei racconti inclusi in questa bellissima raccolta si avverte chiaramente l'impronta dell'età: il tempo, trascorso così veloce e implacabile, sembra ammantare i ricordi di un velo di nostalgia, anche quando si tratti di ricordi tristi; e ...more
They make you wonder why people write novels. It's not so much that they have more to say, it's that they take so much longer to say it than Munro does. She makes everyone else look like they're doodling.
Dimensions: A woman whose husband no longer lives with her learns to maybe move on a bit. Well done for what it is, but didn't make a hug ...more
Vorrei dunque dire di come la Munro sia riuscita a liberarmi dalla mia idea fissa di ...more
"Every one of us will be forgotten, Sophia thought but did not say, because of the tender sensibilities of men - particularly of a young man - on this point."
This quote is not only my favourite quote of the book, it summarizes some of Munro's writing qualities quite nicely. She is sometimes very witty and almost always cynical, perhaps slightly bitter and an acute observer. Four very fine qualities in a writer, yet for me there is something missing in most of the stories. Something of a more for ...more
How can a mother cope with the death of her children? Doree cannot help but blame her pernicious husband, the person who has murdered them in a moment of insanity, but she is also d ...more
E’ con reverenza che si posa a fine lettura questo libro, con reverenza e gratitudine per le ore di piacevolissima e arricchente lettura.
In questi racconti le donne sono ancora protagoniste, quella annientata dal dolore per l’uccisione dei figli, bambine crudeli con qualcuno di diverso, (Bambinate, il mio preferito), donne abbandonate, tradite che trovano la forza ...more
From Daily Lit:
In "Fiction," by bestselling author Alice Munro, a narrator lovingly describes the life and home she's built with her husband—and then describes how that life crumbles before her eyes. The rest of the story has our narrator in a different place in her life, reconciling with her past in a way she might never have expected.
Sometimes, I do not understand how criteria are used to assign a Nobel prize for literature....more
Bà cứ nhẩn nha lật lại quá khứ của những nhân vật trong các câu chuyện của bà khi tất cả họ đều muốn chối bỏ nó dù không thể nào vượt qua được.
This is my introduction to the works of Alice Munro, and it was a pleasant one. Wikipedia describes her work as "having revolutionized the architecture of short stories, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time. Her stories embed more than announce, reveal more than parade."
I think this is an accurate characterization of the stories I read. Interestingly, I didn't especially care for the time shifts, but chalk that up to a personal preference (hence ...more
Until last year I had never even heard of Alice Munro before. When she was rewarded with the Nobel Prize, I was a huge question mark, puzzled and confused with no idea of who this woman was. Of course I wanted to read some of her works in order to understand why she wo ...more
"This was easy to read and the stories and characters were easy to become. I just felt like, why? Why did she have these situations happen to her characters and why did she bother to write about them? It's not like I demand a lot of action, I just didn't get her choices. Just because you can write beautifully doesn't mean you ought to write beautifully about such things. The situations and the characters didn't seem to mesh for me. ...more
Ah, after book club, I was able to discover some notes of optimism. Perhaps Munro was using shocking allegory, such as stripping away clothing represented removal of ones mental barr ...more
I enjoyed this collection a great deal because the stories dealt with some heavy is ...more
I racconti di questa raccolta non passano inoss ...more
Leggendo questi racconti mi sono sentita come una bambina che entra in un negozio di caramelle, le sceglie e alla fine le assapora.
Proprio come quella bambina, ho centellinato le parole, le ho dosate e le ho gustate. Il sapore è stato agrodolce, perché sono storie che, a dispetto del titolo, non sono felici, ma violente, a tratti inquietanti.
Le donne della Munro sono donne ...more
Una felice scoperta casuale . Racconti quasi tutti al femminile in cui emergono ricordi e si affrontano situazioni imprevedibili. Di questa raccolta della Munro non si scarta niente. Alcuni racconti sono davvero dei piccoli gioielli, come “Dimensioni” e “Buche profonde” o “Radicali liberi”, ma anche “Bambinate” e “Troppa felicità” che dà il titolo alla raccolta; altri forse meno pregevoli, ma tutti lasciano ...more
|Wenlock Edge - I don't get it.||6||356||May 03, 2015 11:16AM|
|I've read Munro's own comments about Wenlock Edge.||1||37||Oct 18, 2013 05:14PM|
She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter ...more