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Readers know what they are going to get when they pick up an unfamiliar Alice Munro collection, and yet almost every page carries a bounty of unexpected action, feeling, language, and detail. Her stories are always unique, blazing an invigorating originality out of her seemingly commonplace subjects. Each collection develops her oeuvre in increments, subtly expanding her r ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Fischer S. Verlag GmbH (first published 2001)
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I sometimes get into conversations with people who have a hard time connecting with the short-story format; they say that they hardly have time to muster an emotional involvement in the characters and events, before the story is over. To those readers I might recommend Alice Munro. True, I have only experienced one of her collections, but the stories in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage are nothing if not emotionally affecting—or "crushingly tragic," I suppose, if you want to g ...more
Una caleidoscopia dell'intimo, principalmente femminile. Nove racconti soffusi; splendidi. Eccellente tratto d'autore; tanto garbato e naturale da risultare perentorio. Più che su un banale risentimento di "ruolo", qui tutto ruota intorno al mistero della "percezione del sé", centrale al punto da togliere importanza, con progressione inavvertibile, alle vicende, volutamente ordinarie, di cui si narra con ariosa tranquillità descrittiva. Ciò che all'inizio della lettura appare come una sorta di m ...more
This collection of stories by Alice Munro is typical of much of her work. The stories are populated by people leading what looks on the surface like humdrum lives. But just underneath the surface, strange feelings boil, ready to erupt when events occur which make this possible. Munro has a lot of knowledge about the various types of relationships between men and women, how they can be built, twisted, broken and remade. These are not happy stories--in fact, some of them are disturbing. But the na ...more
Arrivato alla terza raccolta di Alice Munro, potrei aver già detto tutto. Ma credo che non sia così, con una scrittrice di questa bravura si trova sempre qualcosa di nuovo.

"Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" che la traduzione italiana sintetizza in "Nemico, amico, amante…" (e a me sembra che a entrambe le versioni manchi la parola ‘Betrayal’) contiene i più bei racconti di Munro che ho letto finora, dei piccoli grandi capolavori: Mobili di famigli
"Fra pochi anni , chiunque vorrà parlare di un bellissimo racconto , o di una sottile accortezza narrativa , o di una visione del mondo tanto ricca quanto inafferrabile, dirà: "Mi ricorda un libro di Alice Munro .Lo leggerò subito " (Piero Citati )

Ma è mai possibile che ultimamente debba imbattermi in un giudizio di quest' uomo su qualsiasi libro io legga? Sarà che abbiamo gli stessi gusti ...

In questo periodo mi sono fissata con i racconti. Non è che di solito sia diverso, ma in questo periodo
Non ci si aspetti di trovare qui echi di quelle “scritture di donne” lievi e tremanti come ali di farfalla impigliata negli ascosi recessi dell’anima;
e non ci si aspetti di trovare qui tracce di Figlie Devote, Belles Dames sans Merci, Vittime Designate, Angeli Scesi a Miracol Mostrare, Dame Ricci e Capricci, Zitelle Acide, Innamorate Perse, Dark Ladies, Madri Esemplari, Fanciulle Fragili, Ragazze Terribili o Gigli Infranti.

Me se le donne vi interessano, se non siete di quelli che non devono chie
Larry Bassett
Today it was announced that Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. I have had this book of hers on my shelf for a while. I guess it is time to read it. Yes, it is true, I have been saying that even before today. But now I have the book off the shelf!

Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage

The first story gives the book its title and is a hoot! Every plain woman should have a fairy godmother, even if it is two adolescent girls. And, yes, some nursing and manageme
Nov 14, 2014 Stela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Stela by: Maybe S©aP but I'm not sure

“Forsooken” but not forsaken

In a time of either careless abandon or generous inclusion of any literary technique ever thought of, Alice Munro still manages to surprise the reader, not only with her deceptive narrative perspective or her sly manipulation of the timeline, but also with the unexpected development of well-known themes, the powerful recreation of places and people and the plethora of significations.

I read so many volumes of short stories, including one of hers, but I can hardly reca
A pagina cinque ti pare l'ennesimo libro sopravvalutato. A metà del primo racconto rimani a bocca aperta.
Usando personaggi comuni e un linguaggio apparentemente banale la Munro costruisce storie profonde e raffinate - è una vera artista del cesello verbale.
La sua maestria sta nel creare intrecci e delineare figure in parallelo usando uno stile piano e sottotono, togliendoci con garbo ogni possibilità di intuire, immaginare, cosa riserveranno finale e personaggi.
Anzi è talmente brava
If this book had been a novel, I would have put it down after the first 50 pages. However, because it is a collection of short stories, I convinced myself that maybe the next story would be more interesting; if I didn't keep reading, I might not be giving Munro a fair chance.

Alas, I reached the end of the book and felt nothing but relief--relief that it was over. Munro is a lovely writer, with a good command of language, but her choice of subject matter, story development, and characters was uni

Loved loved "Family Furnishings." It made me think all night about what's lost when desire, passion, and truth are repressed, which is always something I personally need a kick in the pants about. (Though, don't most people?) Even better getting that kick from a good book.

For me, the collection as a whole is good, very good, but maybe not so far as great. It seemed like it might be something I'd call great in the beginning, when Munro's precision in describing the peculiarities of lust and lonel
I guess after a while there isn't really anything you can say about Munro's work. I thought this is by far and away the best I've read so far, but although 22 of my friends on GR have read it, they haven't written a word between them on it.

Pretty much how I feel too. Same, same, same, but better! I'm guessing, from the random order I've read these in, that she had a period of really good preceded and succeeded by something less than that. One thing that strikes me as odd about my relationship to
My favourite Munro. I love it and am a bit ambivalent at the same time. The stories are so close to real life, so undisguised, and about such difficult subjects, that reading them is a bit like going to the therapist. It's a really intense experience. She reaches somewhere in my psyche and exposes truths and issues I am unwilling to explore on my own. She shows scenarios that may happen, and if they happened, they would be painful. To use an analogy: reading Munro for me is a bit like passing by ...more
Ură, prietenie, dragoste, căsătorie (în original, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – puteți observa că în traducerea românească s-a pierdut un cuvânt din titlu, nu-mi imaginez de ce -, publicat în 2001 de editura McClelland and Stewart) a fost recompensat, în 2009, cu Man Booker International Prize și mie mi s-a părut a fi la mijlocul dintre Prea multă fericire și Dragă viață ca intensitate. Altfel spus, acest volum mi-a plăcut mai mult decât primul și mai puțin decât ultimul ...more
This collection of short stories was my introduction to Alice Munro's world and writing. It is not light reading material, not ideal if you seek some fluffy escapism, but each novella will stay long with you and make you think. Her short stories are like snapshots of the lives of her characters, this was something that I personally don't like: I prefer a story to have a beginning, a middle and an ending, it bothered me that I didn't get a glipmse of what would happen to the characters after the ...more
Durante la lettura di questo libro mi è venuta spesso in mente un’altra raccolta, ma non di racconti. Di poesie. “Lyrical Ballads” di Wordsworth e Coleridge del 1798. Comprendo che il salto all’indietro sia notevole, che la materia trattata non sia la stessa, che la forma sia completamente diversa. Eppure, in quell’intento più artistico che letterario che guidò i due poeti nella stesura della loro raccolta vi è quel pizzico di magia che rende la Munro molto più vicina ai romantici e dorati asfod ...more
My ambivalence about Alice Munro is reflected well in the fact that I've been reading this book (which contains no more than nine stories, averaging 30-40 pages each) off and on for something like six years, and only just this late afternoon finished it. On the one hand, her stories seem like such weak tea to me - so little happens, the characters are never more than gently amusing, it's all so dull, mundane, Ontarian. When I take one up in a reading mood that's hungry for escape and speedy exci ...more
Sep 11, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people old enough to understand it
These short stories seem much simplier than they are; they come from a special ability to note (and glory in) small details that echo throughout one's life. I checked this book out because "The Bear Went Over the Mountain," the last story in the collection, is the basis of a movie with Julie Christie that is just out. But I started with the first story and haven't gotten to the Bear yet. I would love to be able to write such clear, complicated and subtle prose fiction as Munroe does. In a way, s ...more
Quando si ha la fama di essere una delle più grandi autrici contemporanee di racconti e si vince addirittura il Premio Nobel per questo, è difficile sopravvivere alle aspettative dei lettori.
La reazione che incontro con maggior frequenza quando leggo commenti su Alice Munro è : embè? Come a dire "tutto qui? è per questo che vengono assegnati i Nobel oggigiorno?".

Effettivamente la scrittura di questa autrice non possiede quegli elementi che fanno gridare al capolavoro dopo poche pagine. Il suo st
Sono storie semplici quelle narrate in questi nove racconti, tutti bellissimi. Storie minime e all’apparenza banali, eppure pervase da una sottile inquietudine, come da un senso di mistero nell’attesa del piccolo evento in grado di creare una frattura, di svelare una verità inattesa, di dare una svolta all’esistenza.
I toni lievi, quasi dimessi della narrazione rivelano in realtà un sapiente lavoro di lima nella straordinaria capacità dell’autrice di delineare in pochi tratti caratteri, situazio
"Fra pochi anni, chiunque vorrà parlare di un bellissimo racconto, o di una sottile accortezza narrativa, o di una visione del mondo tanto ricca quanto inafferrabile, dirà: Mi ricorda un libro di Alice Munro. Lo leggerò subito". (Pietro Citati)

"I racconti contenuti in Nemico, amico, amante... sono tutti bellissimi, e Quello che si ricorda è, a mio parere, il piú bello dei bellissimi. Con una straordinaria parsimonia di mezzi, la Munro descrive il passaggio dalla passione al tranquillo tran tran
Más de una vez he visto que alguien criticaba a Alice Munro por escribir siempre de lo mismo; y más de una vez yo he defendido que no importa que (supuestamente) escriba siempre la misma historia si lo hace tan bien. La llaman la Chekhov canadiense y tienen razón, porque tiene el mismo dominio del relato corto: sabe compactar un mundo vivo en unas pocas páginas, sabe describir personajes complejos y humanos en unos pocos trazos, sabe ir dosificando la información poco a poco para mantenerte enga ...more
I've been reading Munro for years and still can't figure out how she does it -- or even how to begin describing exactly what she does in her stories. The narration is often deceptively simple, and the best of them seem to have the sweep of long novels. They can also appear as deceptively quiet stories -- chronicling the mundane existence of daily life -- but ones shattered by common but startling moments that make you sit up straight in your chair. She's been described as "Chekhovian" (a grossly ...more
I know Alice Munro is one of the most celebrated contemporary authors around. I'd read a short story or two and had been meaning to read this collection for a while. I hated it.

To a one, the women unpleasant, narrow, either narcissistic and selfish or ignorant and pliant, and oppressed, my god, so oppressed by the absolute pricks in their lives that I wanted to run around the block screaming just to prove to myself it wasn't me trapped in that miserable existence. And the men, idiot jerks all of
After four months of reading this wonderful collection off and on, I have finally finished this amazing collection from the master of the form. Like her collections "Too Much Happiness" and "The Love of a Good Woman", Ms. Munro never ceases to amaze and surprise me of how daring her stories are set amidst the simplistic backdrops she often fleshes them out in. In this collection, characters yearning for love, recognition, and acceptance make up the fabric of "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Lov ...more
Not a review so much as a consideration of the flashback:

“Avoid flashbacks whenever possible,” was the advice I once received from a writing teacher. This advice came in the form of a lecture to the entire class, after an early story of mine was read aloud and found to contain a flashback within a flashback within -- yet another -- flashback. The experience left me humbled, and nervous, about tense: past tense and more particularly flashbacks.
Yet, try as I might I can’t avoid them. Flashbacks
Questi nove racconti della Munro mi sono piaciuti abbastanza, alcuni in particolare, per il realismo, la semplicità ed anche l’incisività dello stile, che non indugia in smancerie o falsità ma coglie il segno nel fotografare storie di donne, di tutte le età, giovani e anziane, che la vita mette alla prova, con rimpianti di antichi amori, illusioni di amori inesistenti, fantasie che aiutano a portare avanti matrimoni infelici. La caratteristica dei racconti della Munro è che presentano spaccati d ...more
poesia, poesia, sembra che non ci sia...

La Munro è capace di trasformare la più noiosa routine dei miei giorni in letteratura. capace di trascrivere tutti gli strati delle emozioni, dei pensieri, delle insoddisfazioni, e della noia che si nascondono nella mia quotidianità e farne, con poche frasi,un'esperienza collettiva e condivisa.

Lorna e Polly e i bambini raggiunsero la spiaggia in autobus, cambiando due volte vettura, cariche di asciugamani, giochi, pannolini, cibo e il delfino gonfiabi
This book makes my exuding introduction to an especially subtle prose stylist and careful scorer of the underlining, whose more than thoughtful crafting virtues are for a keen lens to make apparent. Alice Munro is one of those rare authors today to dedicate, and find well dedicated, the whole of her creative efforts to the short story. In this form she plies rhythmically, carves and smooths, makes angular and romantic faces plain and mundane, but saves the original figure of the unperfected shap ...more
This was our first book club selection; it's a collection of 9 short stories. We met Wednesday night. Amy's comment: "Relentlessly realistic. Could I get some unrealsitic happiness, please?" Fran's comment: "I know she writes about women, but do you think she likes them?" Lynne's comment: "Of course she likes us. She knows how we think, and she's not afraid to put that out there. She does that so we can all feel better about feeling exactly the same way."

Overall, some stories were more of a hit
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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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“A fight like this was stunning, revealing not just how much he was on the lookout for enemies, but how she too was unable to abandon argument which escalated into rage. Neither of them would back off, they held bitterly to principles.

Can't you tolerate people being different, why is this so important?
If this isn't important, nothing is.

The air seemed to grow thick with loathing. All over a matter that could never be resolved. They went to bed speechless, parted speechless the next morning, and during the day were overtaken by fear - hers that he would never come home, his that when he did she would not be there. Their luck held, however. They came together in the late afternoon pale with contrition, shaking with love, like people who had narrowly escaped an earthquake and had been walking around in naked desolation.”
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