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Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro
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Dec 22, 09

bookshelves: canada, short-stories, favourites
Read in December, 2009

Small town southern Ontario settings, ordinary people going about nothing more spectacular than living, loving, working, dying; but Alice Munro turns the seemingly mundane into glowing, jewel-like tales that reveal the ‘shameless, marvellous, shattering absurdity’ of life. Each story leaves you faintly breathless, full of wonder at how she can so smoothly pull back the curtain, reveal the essence, the core of being. What I particularly loved in this, her seventh collection, first published in 1990, is how she allows you to see the kernel of the creative process, how she speculates as to the motivation of the figures she has created from newspaper reports or a letter of her mother’s, how she makes the reader party to her lack of real knowledge about them. But then how can we ever know another person? We don’t even know ourselves.
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Mag It is extrordinarily good, isn't it?


·Karen· Wonderful. I particularly liked how she leaves the architecture of the tales visible, she allows an insight into the creative process by indicating where she got her material from and how much she added herself.


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