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The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

In this series of interweaving stories, Munro recreates the evolving bond between two women in the course of almost forty years. One is Flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. the other is Rose, Flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow leaves the small town she grew up in to achi
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ebook, 224 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Vintage (first published 1977)
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Joyce Gatschenberger This book is suitable for a 15-year-old. When experiencing this book, I wasn't sure if I should feel sorry for Flo or Rose. Each woman has her own…moreThis book is suitable for a 15-year-old. When experiencing this book, I wasn't sure if I should feel sorry for Flo or Rose. Each woman has her own challenge to overcome in life. Although both seem mired in their own life situation. Rose, however, does surprise the reader and takes us on an adventure into the much larger world.(less)

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Dolors
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dolors by: My gut instinct
Shelves: read-in-2017
What is it that makes us choose a partner, the person with whom we believe we want to spend our life with? And how do personal circumstances, the expectations of others, and the visions we project of the future we think we desire affect such decision making process?
If you are a woman and you read this book, you will recognize yourself, or a previous version of yourself, in the young girl who defines the rest of her life based on her uncontrollable need to please.
If you are a man and you read thi
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orsodimondo
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada
LA VERGINE MENDICANTE
La sensazione che mi procura la maggior parte dei racconti di Alice Munro, essere collocati in un tempo eterno, non moderno, men che meno contemporaneo, deriva molto probabilmente dal fatto che sono in gran quantità ambientati in quella parte del Canada definita Sowesto (la contea di Huron, nel sudovest dell’Ontario), dove gli esseri umani sembrano saperla più lunga della terra ed essere lì da più tempo degli alberi e dei fiumi, e dove chi vuole crescere, leggere più di quel
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Hugh
I had never read Alice Munro before, so I am grateful to The Mookse and the Gripes group's project revisiting the 1980 Booker shortlist.

This book is difficult to categorise, and is somewhere between a short story collection and a novel. I can see why the Booker jury chose to accept it as a novel, because the stories are all episodes in the life of one woman, Rose, and they are arranged in a chronological sequence, but each could equally be read as a self-contained story.

Rose's mother died when
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·Karen·
What is there to say about Alice Munro? She is the consummate artist, the supreme master of the short story form. Incomparable in her complexity: the sudden rush of surprising juxtapositions, the dip of a yawning vision of the abyss, the gurgle of delightful humour, the vibrant pleasure of recognition, that moment when you say yes, yes, of course.

This collection, subtitled Stories of Flo and Rose, was first published in 1977. The stories are more or less chronologically arranged and follow Rose
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Eric
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a review of the Selected Stories that functioned as herald, Updike spoke of “a well-mediated complexity and multiplicity of plot, an intense clarity of phrase and image, an exceptional psychological searchingness and honesty,” “a grittiness…and a bold reach”—promises of pleasure I retained, and recalled over time, until circumstances (fatigue with the fiction I was reading, ambitious browsing in a store that carried a quantity of Munro) placed The Beggar Maid in hand. And it’s wonderful. Thes ...more
Greta
Alice Munro era nella lista degli autori che avrei voluto leggere già da qualche anno, nonostante di lei sapessi proprio poco. Sapevo che aveva vinto un Nobel, e sapevo che scrive prevalentemente racconti.
Non sono sicura che iniziando con “Chi ti credi di essere?” io abbia fatto la scelta migliore, nonostante Franzen sul retro di copertina sostenesse proprio il contrario, perché non ci ho trovato tutta quella potenza e forza espressiva che mi sarei aspettata da un premio Nobel, né ho potuto far
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Domenico Fina
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose, la protagonista, chiude la sua storia col suo amante non quando lui l'ha allontanata dicendole "la nostra è stata un'avventura, non un grande amore". Chiude la sua storia fuori tempo, anni dopo, quando farà l'amore con lui e con sua moglie in una sorta di esperimento giovanilista. Capirà che l'amore non è un esperimento antinoia e che quell'uomo era già morto dentro di lei. Arriverà a pensare che i suoi amori più veri sono stati quelli sfiorati. Presenze occasionali che illuminano la vita. ...more
Bonnie
In these ten inter-connected stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the universal story of growing up; the question of identity, of resilience, and of escape – with a difference, of course, because this is Alice Munro, the Canadian author of too many awards to mention. In June, 2009 she won the Man Booker International Prize.

After reading daughter Sheila Munro’s memoir http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31663, I decided to reread Who Do You Think You Are? (titled: The Beggar Maid: Storie
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Lucrezia
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La Munro ormai è una delle mie certezze letterarie. Anche questa volta dopo "Nemico,Amico,Amante" Alice non mi ha delusa.

Solo che da "Who Do You Think You Are?" mi sono sentita colpita più da vicino...

In queste dieci storie (che in realtà storie poi non sembrano ,legate come sono dalle varie tappe della vita della protagonista, somigliano più a capitoli di uno stesso romanzo) si segue la crescita e la maturazione di Rose su cui "incombe" sempre la figura della matrigna Flo..

Rose è cresciuta nel
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Richard Derus
Rating: 2.5* of five

I hate Flo, and dislike Rose, and can think of no possible reason for anyone to read more than the Pearl Rule requires or the first three stories, whichever comes first in your edition.

The entire unkind review is on my blog, Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
Jonathan Pool
The Beggar Maid is the first time I've read Alice Munro. She's generally very well received, and a Nobel Prize in Literature is a big accolade.
So why do I feel somewhat nonplussed by The Beggar Maid?
If I hadn't known this was the work of a literary Titan, would I have moved on with barely a flicker?
I enjoyed nine of the ten stories; I found the last story Who Do You Think You Are? both the weakest, and one strangely out of sequence in a book where we travelled through Rose's life with her (and
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Lyn Elliott
Finally I have entered the world of Munro readers and am delighted to find myself there.
It's interesting to learn that the transitions of Munro's own life are reflected in Rose's story and the emotional complexities circling round that central issue of 'who do you think you are', with deep uncertainty about self. In every story, we see this manifested in some way - Rose's indecision about marriage, the aftermath of that decision, misjudged relationships, wild exhilaration, lasting embarrassment
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Patryx
Al mio quarto libro della Munro ho imparato ad apprezzare la sua nota stilistica e a comprendere le motivazione che hanno portato all'attribuzione del Nobel; per tale ragione penso che i racconti di Chi ti credi di essere siano leggermente sotto tono rispetto ad altri suoi libri (primo fra tutti Nemico, amico, amante...): la descrizione mai banale di sentimenti e vicissitudini della vita di tutti i giorni non raggiunge quella profondità che mi emoziona e che, spesso mio malgrado, mi fa entrare i ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Sometimes I watch singing contests (like the American Idol) on tv and see good singers lose because they would commit the unfortunate mistake of choosing the wrong songs to sing. I cannot say here that Alice Munro chose the wrong plot, or that the story does not suit her. I do not know what would have suited her. I can see, however, that she's a very good writer although the story here (short STORIES, really, but made into one cohesive novel because of the commonality of characters in each of th ...more
Frabe
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Leggete tutto di Alice Munro, ma per cominciare leggete "Chi ti credi di essere?" Sì, cominciate da quello.”
Un buon consiglio di Jonathan Franzen, questa volta, rivolto a chi deve ancora fare il primo approccio con la scrittrice canadese, ma non solo: "Chi ti credi di essere?" è imperdibile anche per coloro che già conoscono Alice Munro, perché questa - datata 1978 - è sicuramente una delle sue prove migliori.
La forma è ibrida: i dieci racconti che si succedono, ognuno di per sé completo, hanno
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arcobaleno
Iniziati in sordina, questi atipici racconti di Alice Munro con un filo conduttore. Ripercorrono infatti quarant'anni della vita di Rose, dall'infanzia alla maturità: una evoluzione verso la consapevolezza e l'abbandono delle maschere dell'esistenza (il mondo quindi, non essendo più un palcoscenico..., era tornato se stesso). Si muove con accelerazioni e rallentamenti, tra ricordi e realtà, tra passioni e dubbi, in perenne fuga. Fino alle ultime storie, quelle che hanno acceso scintille particol ...more
Giovanna
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose è, “pirandellianamente” parlando, una che si guarda vivere. È consapevole del suo sforzo per interpretare dei ruoli, per nascondersi dietro a un atteggiamento studiato o a delle parole ben meditate. Nei suoi racconti ha sempre “il ruolo di una testimone distaccata e superiore”. Mai compromettersi. Mai svelarsi. Non a caso, di mestiere fa l'attrice. È un'attrice fin da bambina, quando cerca di imitare i modi di fare di una ragazza molto popolare nella sua scuola, o si atteggia a donna vissut ...more
Arwen56
Questo secondo approccio alla Munro mi ha un po’ delusa, rispetto a “Nemico, amico, amante …”. Scritto indubbiamente bene, questo libro, che può essere considerato un romanzo composto da racconti oppure racconti che finiscono per essere un romanzo (tipo “Olive Kitteridge”, di Elizabeth Strout, tanto per intenderci), non mi ha del tutto soddisfatta. Rose, Flo e gli altri personaggi, seguiti per un arco di tempo discontinuo, non arrivano a definirsi con l’immediatezza che mi aspettavo e che la pre ...more
Simona Foglia
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Su tutti, "La fortuna di Simon". Perfetto.
Infinite stelle.
Nina
Terribilmente interessante, più per la narrazione che per la storia in sé.

Non è una raccolta di racconti interconnessi; è un romanzo, puro e semplice. Certo, è narrato in maniera un po' anticonvenzionale, ma il fatto che Alice Munro sia pubblicizzata come la regina canadese del racconto breve non rende ogni sua opera un'antologia.
E non è la storia di Rose e Flo; è la storia di Rose. Con dentro un po' di Flo.

È la storia di Rose - debole, egoista, crudele, terrorizzata.
Forse delicata, forse amorev
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Micky Sahi
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What do I think? I don't know. Reading the 210 pages of sheer torture, I have not been able to figure out what kind of a person Rose really was. Or what this story is really trying to tell me.

Rose grew up in West Hanratty with her stepmother Flo and her father. Seeing her up-bringing and the lack of a real connection with her family, I would often think that once she is out of there, she would be ok.

I got hopeful and in a way proud of her when she got a scholarship and met Patrick. I thought her
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aconeyisland
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I percorsi dei treni Il treno che attraversava le montagne subì molti ritardi a causa di una fitta nevicata. L'acqua gelò. Il convoglio fu costretto a lunghe soste in piccole stazioni, avvolto da nuvole di vapore prodotte dalle operazioni di scongelamento delle tubature. Si infilarono addosso i vestiti per uscire e scesero a correre sulla pensilina del binario. Rose disse: - Ti devo comprare un giaccone invernale. E degli stivali che tengano caldo -. Per i tetri inverni costieri un paio di stiva ...more
Hannah
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the most beautiful writing I have read recently. I kept having that feeling you get when you read a really gorgeous sentence or paragraph or scene and you just think, "WOW," and want to put it in your pocket and remember it forever. One of the critics' comments on the back of my copy used the phrase "psychological precision" and I don't think I could really put it any better. One of my favorite things about it was how it captured a person's feelings toward the people in the margins of th ...more
SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
Meh. I’ve grown weary of female coming-of-age-in-Ontario stories. What more is there to say, really.
I know, it's treason.
Fatma
this was so incredibly bland I don't have a single thing to say about it. It was about as impressionable as a nondescript pebble.
Giovanna
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listen, I just wanna read ACoL.

Not my jam. Sorry book.
Jesse
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I feel pretty confident at this point that I can always count on Alice Munro.
Estelle
Alice Munro's award-winning book is a set of very loosely, but Chronological stories about Rose, who grows up poor in a small rural Western Ontario town. The stories, which can be read stand-alone but which are satisfying to read in order, are periods in Rose's life -- from her home life with her step-mother Flo and her father, her early school and high school days through marriage, motherhood, divorce, and making a livelihood. Those are the nuts and bolts. In the stories are the hopes, dreams a ...more
Cathleen
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't tell anyone, but I've never read any Alice Munro. I know, I know. All of my bookish friends love her -- even the ones who generally avoid anything written by women -- so this isn't a confession made lightly. I've meant to find something of hers for a while now, but it just never happened. There are so many books and so many writers that I want to read that things usually just have to bubble to the top for me to take notice.

Confession, The Sequel: I haven't been reading much of anything la
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Chris Gager
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book, a request Xmas gift this year, this morning with the first story, "Royal Beatings," one I'd read years ago, probably in Selected Stories, the first AM collection I read once I started reading again in earnest. Ms. Munro is among my top five favorite writers and I'd been encountering her stories now and then in The New Yorker since the 1970's. "Royal Beatings" was one story I'd specifically remembered. Its a perfectly detached accounting of ritualized physical abuse in a smal ...more
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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."

She is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Liter
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