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Vintage Munro

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  60 reviews

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“In Munro’s hands, as in Chekhov’s, a short story is more than big enough to hold the world—and to astonish us again and again.” —Chicago Tribune

In an unbroken procession of brilliant, revelat
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 6th 2004 by Vintage
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Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro is a shining example of why I absolutely love short stories. This collection is comprised of six critically-acclaimed stories including "The Moons of Jupiter," "Differently," and "Carried Away." Munro's keen perception and ability to write about the human experience is undeniable. Her prose is simple and the stories are quiet and reflective, alternating between past and present and spanning decades and focusing intently on relationships. Be forewarned that illness ...more
Nov 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: John Stockton
Finally unpacked this and finished it. All I want from short stories are reflective, lyrical and inventive language, characters I care about and a sense that the author-god behind it is intuitive about her characters' inner lives. Alice Munro is the Karl Malone of short story writers: she delivers.

That is the cheesiest sports analogy I've ever attempted.
Monica Lee
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Munro's lovely descriptions of ordinary things, like trying on clothes: "The fit was all right--the skirt shorter than what she was used to, but then what she was used to was not the style. There was no problem with the suit. The problem was with what stuck out of it. Her neck and her face and her hair and her big hands and thick legs" (from "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage").

Her works are like puzzles. They end ambiguously, and you find yourself turning to the beginn
Octavio Villalpando
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A veces el cuento es despreciado un poco como forma literaria. Un cierto sector del mundo de la literatura, pareciera seguir terco en creer que de trata tan solo de un divertimento intrascendental, sin la misma relevancia de una novela, por ejemplo. Sin embargo, a lo largo de la historia, excelentes cuentistas han dado muestras de que esto no es más que una falacia, nombres como el de Kafka, Poe, Chejov o Quiroga dan buena muestra de esto. Ante esto, lo único que podemos afirmar es que el cuento ...more
David Sweeney
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a Greatest Hits volume of Munro's stories and as such there aren't really too many flat spots. The second volume of Greatest Hits has just been released. Most of the stories are in rural Ottawa and the prose is sparse. I will be going back for more as there are some recurring characters that you need to find out more about. Be warned that there are three stories regarding suicide, so one suspects that has popped up in Munro's own life. The stories are gentle and at times there appears to ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
The Moons of Jupiter: ★★1/2
The Progress of Love: ★★★★
Differently: ★★★1/2
Carried Away: ★★1/2
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: ★★
Sanjay Varma
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stories
Several friends and acquaintances recommended Alice Munro. So I read her out of curiosity, to learn why these stories had won such fervent support.

I think that Munro writes about daughter-protagonists who are not entirely comfortable being adults, and whose parents have grown old. The tension in these stories arises from the question, is anyone in charge? The parents are not in charge because they lose their authority and competence as they age. One would expect a succession to the younger gener
Katya Mills
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Vintage series of books is great. Whomever made the selections of writings of contemporary authors did a fine job. The short stories in this book show why Munro won the Nobel Prize. Her power of description is second to none. Her characters may as well be in the room with you. There's a lot of small town Canada in here. The central characters are often revisiting the past through the present, when someone or thing catches their eye. I love the way Munro walks us seamlessly through time, ofte ...more
Maureen Neville
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Years ago some of my co-workers were reading a book of Alice Munro's short stories entitled "The Moons of Jupiter." I didn't join them however I always kept this author in the back of my mind as someone to read (I normally don't read short stories and prefer novels).
This past summer (2013) I decided to try some short stories and looked for Ms. Munro's books in a local public library. I decided to try this "vintage" collection as it features stories from a number of her books of short stories.
Inna Zaichenko
Unfortunately, this collection of short stories was the case of expectations killing joy. I would normally wait for a Nobel prize winner to grab all of my attention, make me crave for every word to follow and let me enjoy every twist and turn with awe. Alice Munro’s stories are well-fetched, offer a deep investigation of characters’ psychology, impress with a careful choice of wordings. Yet the stories are too refined, careful, and restricted. They seem to be written by a straight A student tryi ...more
Kevin McAllister
Vintage Munro is a collection of some of Alice Munro's finest short stories put together in recognition of her winning The 2013 Noble Prize for Literature.The actual presentation speech itself was also included. In that speech the presenter praised Munro's minimalist style, stating that she "is often able to say more in thirty pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in three hundred." Personally, this minimalist style left we wanting more, and I felt these stories could have easily, dare I ...more
Davida Chazan
Alice Munro made history when she won a Nobel Prize for Literature, and became the first author of short stories to receive this prestigious award. After reading this collection, while I cannot fault the Swedish Academy for their choice, I can't say this collection should be your introduction to her work. Find out why in my review here
Joanne Otto
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
She's a remarkable writer who captures depths of the human psyche in a few well-chosen, and sometimes surprising, words. "The Promise of Love" blew me away! I did not find all her stories equally worthwhile, but that is probably to be expected.
Joshua Van Dereck
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vintage Munro is quite simply a beautiful book.

I came across Alice Munro some years ago in a volume of Best American Short Stories and flagged her work for further exploration, enchanted by the clarity, intimacy and tenderness of her character portrayals. Since then, having explored an odd story now and again, I had arrived at the general impression of a flawed writer—one who approaches greatness but often falls just short, with a long string of also-rans. The stories I had read had wonderful mo
Griselda Puspa
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alice Mundro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013. “She is a virtuoso of the elliptical... the master of the contemporary short story...” (From the Presentation Speech, Nobel Prize in Literature 2013). Vintage Munro has 209 pages divided into 6 short stories including The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Differently; Carried Away; In Sight of the Lake. The book is published by Vintage International with themes centered at ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was slightly disappointed by these stories, given the massive reputation of the author. That is likely just a matter of taste though - and probably I have very lowbrow taste in short stories. I found the stories mostly had quite an old-fashioned and melancholy atmosphere to them, and in some of them I felt that very little actually happens. You could say that a lot of what happens in these short stories is more on an emotional level. I was glad I read through to the end though, as I rather enj ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
These stories would be like a 2.5 that became a 3.This is the second Munro short story collection book I have read .
All her stories seemed to me adhere to the same formula . Of a period of time of world war one or two,a melancholic , a depressive mischief .Even if the characters changed ,the place names changed I found any one character would feel at home in any of the stories . This was my second trial to find her genius, a difference that makes her stand out from others and I could not find it
Nhi Do
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice Munro's writing is superb! It seems that she can sneak into ordinary people's minds then describe what has happened there accurately. The words she puts into her stories are so real that I felt like I experienced her characters' pains and happiness myself. Munro has pulled the reality closer to us. She shows readers the darkest corners of family life and secrets one locks in their heart for a whole life. Some of her stories are told with different narratives, and I like the way she constru ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Labai įdomios, jautrios, daugiasluoksnės istorijos apie gyvenimą žmonių, kurie niekada nepateks į žurnalą "Žmonės". Ir tas jautrumas nėra sentimentalus, susireikšminęs. Ir pasakojimas būdvardžiais neperkrautas, anei kitokiomis kalbos figūromis. Ir nieko ten tokio nevyksta. O, bet, tačiau...Kiekviena istorija spustelia tau kaip geras "manualistas": ne ten, kur manai, kad skauda, o tiesiai į to skausmo priežastį. Kiek žinau, lietuviškai yra tik "Brangus gyvenime". Būtų puiku, jei kas išverstų ir i ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first foray into Alice Munro's work. I struggled with her style of writing, and found the prose elliptical and sparse. I had to read each story at least twice to make sure I was understanding the plot correctly (and often, not much happens in the plot). I get that not-much-happening is kind of the point with Munro, but many of the stories felt too enigmatic (or too subtle?) for me to appreciate. Also, white people.

That's not to say I wasn't moved. On Munro's work, Garan Holcombe note
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Munro brings out the complexities of life in her portraits of Canadian towns; truths that resonate even with someone unfamiliar with Carstairs or Gdynia. This collection of short stories is a good introduction to her writing. One of the writers who manages to find the words to capture the small truths of life. Infidelity, heartbreak and loss may abound, but at the core, there is a generous humanity present in Munro's work.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Alice Munro's stories. Her characters are often horrible, vacuous people, but they're written so well you grow to care about them anyway.
Kate Rath
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover story is peak Munro— a novel’s worth of detail packed into much fewer pages. This story, like Free Radicals, will stick with me for a long time.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Munro can say more in a few pages than most authors can say in a novel.
John Mohn
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This collection of stories was a Christmas present from my Secret Santa, and I just got around to reading them on vacation two weeks ago. I was hoping I'd get an earlier collection I didn't own when I filled out my Secret Santa information memo. But Viintage Munro was perfect because it includes two of my favorite Munro stories, and three others that I don't remember reading, but are great examples of her work. Relationships are always the central theme of her stories, and in these pieces, one d ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vintage (named after the publisher, no doubt) is a collection of 6 Alice Munroe short stories, put together in honour of Munroe's winning of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

As others have said far better than I could, Munroe is a talented author, and can make a lot (largely mental) happen in a short space.

On the down side, I found the stories to be a little too "lady-centric" for my tastes. Not only are the main characters always women (which I don't have a problem with), the stories primaril
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, bookclub
This collection of short stories was chosen for my book club. I wasn't really looking forward to it as I'm not a lover of short stories, but I was definitely entrigued by this Nobel prize winning collection.

The stories take every day normal emotions and occurrences and escalate them to something beautiful and heart rendering to read. As with most short stories, however, I found that no matter how much I enjoyed reading them, the story ended just when I was getting into the plot. Also, I'm writin
Christina Ponzio
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-in-2016
This is the first time I've written a review of a book I've added on her, and in this case, it's because I'm compelled to. I picked up Vintage Munro hoping to explore another writer's style in short story form, and I got that and so much more. Munro's artistry in deftly and honestly bringing light to the beautifully devastating or devastatingly beautiful nuances of simple human experiences and emotions is awe-striking. One of my new favorite writers.
Amanda Ardelean
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
My favorite of her shorts so far is Differently - the story of Georgia, Maya, Raymond, Ben, Harvey, Miles, Hilda, Anne and Laura. Could anyone ever possibly make such permanent long term plans for their lives, one that they could keep no matter the change in circumstance... how could they? How is it done so confidently so often? Have you ever faked something to others in cahoots with your partner, friend?

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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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