Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories
A tough-minded housekeeper jettisons the habits of a lifetime because of a teenager’s practical jok ...more
I will say, though, that this collection of short stories is the best I have read from her ouevre (and I have read nine, in total, including her brilliant "Dear Life" and "Runaway"). Munro had not only crafted exception characters, but elaborated them with intricate human relationships, points of view, simplicity (in prose), and a sort of James-like realism. There are plenty of literary merits here, and I think many 15-year-olds would read this just for the fun - of reading and connecting with the stories' aesthetic beauties.(less)
I get peevish and resentful after sitting through bad movies, and I usually need to read a new book or watch Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerging from the lake in his wet, white shirt before I can shake other bad movie images from my mind.
So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Hateship, Loveship with Kristen Wiig, and I not only liked it, I kin ...more
I feel like I’ve grown up with Alice Munro. I studied some of her short stories as a student (high school and college); I took a senior seminar in her work at university – long before she won the Nobel Prize for Literature; I’ve seen her read several times (my favourite was when she read the masterpiece “Differently” in its entirety.) And I continue to read and reread her work. Some of her stories are so familiar I can recite whole passages by heart.
(Nerd confess ...more
When this diminutive little lady from small-town Ontario, Canada won the Nobel Prize for Literature she remarked:
"I want my stories to move people.
I don't care if they're women, men or children...
I want my stories to be something about life that makes people say - not 'oh, isn't that the truth' - but to feel some kind of reward from the writing.
And that doesn't mean it has to be a happy ending or anything, but just that everyt ...more
Johanna is a maid who incidentlly crosses paths with Ken, the son in law, now recently widowed, of Johanna's employer. She is plain, uninteresting and rather timid, so she is taken by surprise when a heated letter declaring passionate love from Ken reaches her. What she can't ...more
The nine stories depict a host of flawed individuals who make no apology for their flawed lives. They are difficult to re ...more
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...more
What I love the most about this compilation is how it is so honest. It's okay to fall in love with other people, but it's your choice whether you want to act on it or not. It's okay to grow ...more
Munro has the power to make me forget I'm reading a collection of short stories. Each one is organic and vast in a way that I can never predict. There's always a delicate fear that time will quickly alter the path of each character, but when it does there is satisfaction, no matte ...more
Unlike other reviewers, the first and titular story was not my favorite. I quite enjoyed it - it's masterfully accomplished and the shifts from perspective to perspective were stunning. But during other stories I found myself holding my breath, marveling a ...more
“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 rec ...more
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 managem ...more
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 ...more
Conclusion: Munro does write beautifully. I, however, continue ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The title story in this volume is fantastic. The slow unfolding and peeling back the layers of the story, the host of well-realized and believable characters bumping up against one another, the historical Canadian setting, and the surprise ending: I loved it all, and am not at all surprised that a movie was based on this 50-page story. It’s better than many a novel.
And there are a couple other stories here that I liked. “Comfort” is about the death of a husband, a severe biology teacher ...more
Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas, quem mihi, quem tibi
Giller Prize, Governor General’s Award, Man Booker International Prize, Nobel Prize for Literature. Alice Munro is highly acclaimed and frequently awarded.
But this was really difficult to read. It wasn’t the language but the construct. These short stories have to be read slowly and deliberately. However, I did not have the patience to go through her stories with a fine toothed comb. There were imperceptible shifts in the nar ...more
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She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter ...more
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.”