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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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Hardly, when you're in the hands of such an inventive writer, one whose carefully crafted, richly suggestive stories burrow their way into the subconscious like actual memories.
Even in her late 70s, this year's Man Booker International Prize winner gets to show off some new tricks. Two of the stories are among the handful she's writte ...more
”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
Un plauso aggiuntivo va alla sua traduttrice italiana, la signora Susanna Basso, padrona di una lingua e di un ...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
Από κει και πέρα όμως, βρήκα ένα σκασμό πανίσχυρες ισ ...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
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
I started the collection on audiobook during a road trip, and finished it on paper. Listening to a story is a curious experience: you have no idea how long each it is going to last, and so are held in the total control of the writer. And when that writer has the mastery of Alice Munro, the sensation is both alarming and curiously satisfying. The first story, for instance, "Dimensions," beautifully read by Kimberly Farr, is about an hour long, but it has already taken y ...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
"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
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
După ce am avut parte de abonimabila scriitură din Hoțul de cărți, povestirile lui Alice Munro au venit precum o binecuvântare. Problema este că, după ce citești porcării, orice carte bine scrisă te face să crezi că ai dat peste o capodoperă, orice propoziție bine construită, logică și, do ...more
Ho gradito meno gli altri, che ho trovato un po’ forzati, per certi versi più “sensazionalistici” e, pertanto, meno pregevoli e incisivi.
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.
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
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
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
|Wenlock Edge - I don't get it.||7||486||Jul 29, 2015 08:00AM|
|I've read Munro's own comments about Wenlock Edge.||1||43||Oct 19, 2013 08:14AM|
She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter ...more