The View from Castle Rock
The world's finest living short story writer turns to her family for inspiration; and what follows is a fictionalised, brilliantly imagined version of the past. From her ancestors' view from Edinburgh's Catle Rock in the eighteenth century to her parents' thwarted ambitions in Ontario, and her own awakening in 1950s Canada, Munro ...more
In what is reportedly her l ...more
This book reminds me a bit of Munro's book The Beggar Maid, which is pretty close to a novel in that it follows a single character's life through a series of stories, from childhood to middle age. This one extends the reach of the narratives on eith ...more
Oh dear. Obviously due to my own ineptitude, I was unable to grasp much of this at all. For the most part I found this book boring, ...more
Dipped in a colorful pall,
Drop of smoke drips about
And the canvas speaks aloud.
Bunch of heads, small and big,
Bodies, bountiful and frail;
Walk into the others' world
Lighting up a shiny trail.
Days lived in the sunny cavern,
Nights held in the dreams, forlorn,
Flossed emotions in the heart,
Family that grows never apart;
Strangers sparkle at the eyes’ edge,
Enlivening the mighty illusions,
Which is the bliss of nostalgia
And the unformed reunions.
All words that explain the w ...more
Con “La vista da Castle Rock” Alice Munro ci consegna un’opera alquanto singolare: una serie di racconti legati tra loro da un fil rouge che li rende quasi un romanzo e, dal punto di vista tematico, una storia familiare che si evolve in memoir.
La prima parte del libro ricostruisce, attraverso documenti storici e testimonianze private, le vicende del ramo paterno della famiglia dell’autrice (i Laidlaw) a partire dal 18 secolo, con il racconto del viaggio per mare dalla miseria del ...more
Marin Preda, a great Romanian author, declared once in an interview, speaking of his most famous character: “Ilie Moromete, who really existed, was my father.” I’ve always used this quote as an example for my students of how writers like to maintain a deliberate confusion between fiction and reality.
In her Foreword of The View from Castle Rock, Alice Munro is even more ambiguous. After informing the reader that there is an historical truth behind her stories, she emphasizes the word stories as ...more
OK I finished this book now, the library wanted it back. I have ...more
What always impresses me most ...more
This book totally sails, no slow or clunky parts. It's creative non-fiction, part family history, part memoir, part fictional narrative. It's delicate and just achingly gorgeous in parts.
There is a lot of history for he ...more
As an aside, I had previously read Canadian author Carol Shields “The Stone Diaries” and was pleased to see a bit of plot revolving around an institution local to me, the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. In this, the second book I’ve read by an award ...more
Alice Munro's fans will find many familiar themes in this collection: father-daughter relationships, small-town repression, domestic work, discontented girls, and education. At the same time, Munro extends her craft deeper into her own past. Yet while she labels some parts historical-autobiographical, it's unclear just how many stories arise from personal experience, no matter how much depth each possesses. Perhaps it doesn't matter: Munro's particular talent lies in recreating art as life. If t...more
She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter ...more