The View from Castle Rock
In stories that are more personal than any that she's written before, Alice Munro pieces her family's history into gloriously imagined fiction. A young boy is taken to Edinburgh's Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of...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
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 de...more
In what is reportedly her l...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
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
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
The most recent Nobel Laureate mined her family's history to come up with the linked stories contained in this collection. From the time her great-great-great-great grandfather stood on Edinburgh Castle Rock and heard his fat...more
Livre publié en 2006 et traduit en 2009. La traduction est excellente.
Alice Munro est récipiendaire du prix Nobel de littérature en 2013... première canadienne à recevoir ce prix et première nouvelliste.
Thème: la famille et ses origines, les ancêtres et l'attachement aux racines familiales, culturelles, géographiques.
Résumé: Le livre se divise en deux parties. La première relate les recherches faites sur les ancêtres de l'auteure, depuis les origines en É...more
She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter...more