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Dance of the Happy Shades

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Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. In these dazzling stories she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow existence. And in sensitively exploring the lives of ordinary men and women, she makes us aware of the universal nature of their fears ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 2nd 2000 by Vintage (first published 1968)
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Jenn(ifer)
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, John Cheever, Chekhov and Faulkner
Recommended to Jenn(ifer) by: s.penkevich

Intro (this piece inspired the title story): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BN7TG...

Does anyone remember Steve’s review of Lydia Davis’s “Collected Stories” when he said “Lydia Davis shits out tiny nuggets of pure golden prose and says 'oh, this old thing’'?”I didn’t exactly agree with him on the Lydia Davis front, but I would love to steal that quote and use it in reference to Alice Munro.

Alice Munro is a master story teller. No, she didn’t twist my brain into knots and exasperate me. No, she
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Laima
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spenk and Karen
Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro

I really liked this book.

I liked it a LOT.

Ok… I loved it!

I’ve been meaning to read work by Alice Munro for a while so when I found a second hand copy of Dance of the Happy Shades for a few dollars, I picked it up.

This book is a Governor General’s Award winning collection of short stories.

The following quote by Hugh Garner in the forward to this book, pretty much, in my opinion, describes the quality and essence of Ms. Munro’s writing.

“The second-rate writ
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Neal Adolph
Many words far better than the ones which I can put together into a sentence have been said about Alice Munro’s extraordinary talent. Many of those words have been directed at this book, her first collection of stories, and how remarkable it is for being a first collection of stories. Having read it one wonders why there haven’t been more words devoted to it or its author, why she, unfortunately, remains hidden away from most readers for no reason other than her chosen form. Alice Munro is a won ...more
Simona
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con la Munro ritrovi un po' di te stessa, parti di te che credevi di avere perso, ma che improvvisamente emergono.
Nelle pagine di questa raccolta di racconti, la prima scritta dall'autrice e uscita nel 1968, vi sono immagini,sentimenti, luoghi e situazioni che fanno parte del corollario della Munro.
Sono racconti che parlano di noi, al nostro io, alla parte più intima e vera di ciascuno di noi, al nostro profondo svelandosi e svelandoci.
Ciò che sorprende dello stile di questa autrice è la semp
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Anatoly
excellent writing and usually with interesting plots and eventual outcomes. The main downside for me is that I was never able to really identify with any of the different characters or feel something for them. I felt a little bit remote.
·Karen·
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada, short-stories
Like the children in fairy stories who have seen their parents make pacts with terrifying strangers, who have discovered that our fears are based on nothing but the truth, but who come back fresh from marvellous escapes and take up their knives and forks, with humility and good manners, prepared to live happily ever after-like them, dazed and powerful with secrets, I never said a word. (Images)

Thankfully Munro stores up those childhood secrets and works them with a strange alchemy into gold. Thi
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Cathy
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/

This is the second collection of short stories by Alice Munro I’ve read. The first, Runaway, I described as ‘bleak’. But having read this collection, which was actually the first she ever published, I think I was too harsh. Instead, I think I should have said ‘unflinching in her observation’. I’m going to pick out three stories that I think il
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Ebtihal Abuali
كشخص قرأ أعمال مونرو اللاحقة، أذكر نفسي أن هذه مجموعتها الأولى. يمكن هنا رؤية الخطوات الأولى التي اتخذتها باتجاه اقتناص اللحظات الانسانية الفاصلة في الحياة وتدوينها في قصة، لكنها هنا تركز أكثر فيما بدا لي على الوصف الخارجي للمشهد (عوضا عن العمق في الشخصيات في قصصها اللاحقة)، وعلى فترات زمنية قصيرة. القصص أيضا بدت أقصر من قصصها اللاحقة، وتميزت بقفلة خاتمة في معظمها.
أكثر القصص التي أحببتها في هذه المجموعة: المكتب (امرأة كاتبة تحاول الحصول على عزلة للكتابة)، العلاج، وقت الموت (مرعبة في الاقتراب من
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Marica
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'occhio nel cielo
Amo il realismo col quale Alice Munro racconta le sue storie e condivide con noi incontri, fantasie, emozioni. La immagino camminare per le sue piccole cittadine dell’Ontario, catturare con lo sguardo i volti, con l’udito brani di conversazioni che le suggeriranno racconti. I suoi personaggi sono gente che vive di lavoro, piccoli commercianti, benzinai, venditori porta a porta e non si pongono problemi sofisticati. Un altro tratto che mi piace molto è l’assenza di moralismo e d
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Nadaalaali
مقتطفات من حياة أشخاص اعتياديين، تجد نفسك أحيانا ضمن الشخصيات أو تجد أشخاصا مررت بهم في هذه الحياة ضمن شخصيات قصص أليس مونرو.
هناك الكثير من الوصف، أكثر بقليل مما يحتمله ذوقي. ومع ذلك هناك عدد من القصص التي أظن أنها ستبقى مضيئة في ذاكرتي لوقت طويل.
Neveen Helmi
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أول مجموعة قصصية أقرئها لأليس مونرو،وأول مجموعة قصصية نشرت لها. الكتاب ببساطة شديدة مبهر وممتع، القصص مستني شخصيًّا رغم كونها محلية جدًا لو جاز التعبير من بلد آخر وثقافة مختلفة.
انطابعي عن أليس مونرو بعد انتهاء الكتاب يتلخص في أنها من أفضل كتاب القصص القصيرة اللي قريت لهم حتى الآن، أسلوبها المميز، والتكنيك الخاص الذي تستخدمه في صياغة القصة وترتيب الأحداث ملحوظ من القصص الأولى في المجموعة. هي فعلاً صاحبة مدرسة جديدة في كتابة القصة القصيرة، وسبب منحها جائزة نوبل.
رغم اختلاف القصص وتنوعها بتنوع الشخ
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Carloesse
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Era da quando avevo letto “La vista da Castle Rock” (allora uscito da poco) che non leggevo racconti di Alice Munro. Eppure mi erano piaciuti molto, e fin da allora mi ripromettevo di leggerne altre raccolte. Promessa rinnovata con maggiore convinzione anche dopo il Nobel.
Solo adesso riesco a farlo e proprio con questo suo libro di esordio. Che conferma tutto il bene che potevo dire già da allora e la mia convinzione che la Munro è una grandissima maestra nell’arte del racconto (sicuramente tra
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ختام هذا العام مع اليس مونرو في مجموعتها القصصية رقصة الظلال السعيدة بأسلوب مغاير عن المعتاد وهي بصمة اعتقد ان مونرو وفقت بها

لم أكن أقرأ قصصاً هنا بل كنت اشاهد مشهد عادي في حياة أناس عاديين قد لا تلفت حياتهم انظار العابرين حولهم لكن مونرو اجادت اقتناص تلك المشاهد على الرغم من قولك بعد الانتهاء من القصة وماذا بعد

قراءة مونرو لم تكن القراءة السهله او كوني لم اعتد هذا النوع من القراءة لكنها تظل قراءة فريده من نوعها تركت علي بصمتها مع نهايه هذا العام

قبل ان انتهي كنت اتذمر قليلا لكن بعد الانتهاء وا
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Frabe
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primi racconti di Alice Munro: poi è migliorata, ma era già brava allora, nel lontano 1968.
Konstantin
[rating = A-]
One of my: Best Books of the Year (for 2017)
Alice Munro is the best short story writer because she can take the most basic of lives and expose the subtle and underlying factors of it, making it interesting and at once realistic (very much like Anne Tyler at her best). I love how Munro hints at or furthers another story in the collection, yet at the same time keeping it individual and independent. She surprises you with the delicacy and veracity of her psychology and human behavior;
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Tim
I chose this book for an independent reading project in my high school fiction class. My teacher suggested Munro because he though I could identify with her particular writing style. This collection kept me enraptured with plot, characters, and the numerous nuggets of unexpected beauty dispersed throughout. Alice Munro is a brilliant writer, a fact I believe can be affirmed by the end of the titular story, Dance of the Happy Shades. Her stories and the characters within them have the uncanny abi ...more
Darcy McLaughlin
I felt a certain shame as a Canadian reader having never read any of Alice Munro's stories. I don't know how I made it this far without it, but the Canadian Lit classes I took in university decided to try to kill off any affection I had for our native writers through sheer boredom (I'm looking at you Sinclair Ross). Fortunately there's work like "Dance of the Happy Shades", a book that by all means should be boring but is captivating due to Munro's incredible ability to transform the mundane Can ...more
Ellen
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Munro has written many collections of short stories, and her writing has fascinated me for years. This collection doesn't disappoint, and I'd recommend it for those of you who enjoy short stories that, although understated, evoke emotions in the reader and make you think. Wonderful stories!
Zaynäb Book  Minimalist
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 fucking stars my God. What a fantastic collection of stories.
Vityska
Оповідання, які увійшли у збірку, дуже різні за настроєм. Є зворушливі, глибокі, серйозні. Є веселі, легковажні, трохи навіть хуліганські. Є важкі. Є гидкі (тобто не оповідання, звісно, а речі, які в них описані). А є такі, що тиснуть на больові точки там, де ти й уявлення не мала, що вони у тебе є.

У цих текстах звичайно є спільні знаменники. Локація — невеликі містечка, депресивні острівці на просторах Канади. Дівчатка-жінки-бабусі — зазвичай центральні персонажі, часто оповідачки,почуття, емоц
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Leah
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I fell hopelessly in love with Alice Munro!

I find it hard to review short stories because they are some you love and adore that you can read over and over again but also some you dislike. (Not in this case though!)
Our subject in the English lesson this year was Canada. We talked about environmental problems, multiculturalism and even read a few examples of Canadian "literature". Which my teacher picked out really, really bad I think and my opinion on this strengthened after I read this short sto
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Jane
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Several of these stories were amazing. The last two, which I read early on, "The Peace of Utrecht" and "The Dance of the Happy Shades" were so subtle and strange in a very realistic, possible way. I loved them. I don't think I've ever really learned to be satisfied with short stories, or maybe I haven't learned how to read them. I'm always left wanting more, left wanting a novel. A short story can be beautifully crafted and the characters and their lives may be vividly brought to life within twe ...more
Simone Subliminalpop
La prima raccolta di racconti di Alice Munro (1968) ed era già chiaro a partire da lì.
Sono tutti, se non bellissimi, quasi, ma lo stesso segnalo tra i migliori episodi: “Il cowboy della Walzer Brothers”, “Maschi e femmine” e “La pace di Utrecht”.

http://www.subliminalpop.com/?p=8357
Jennifer Bakody
This collection, to me, is a stroke of humanitarian genius. I don't mean to say "humanitarian" in any benevolent sense, rather that the stories, characters and settings are so deeply human. Lifelike seems the wrong word. Lifelike minus the "like"? For it is life I think, through words - that we readers breathe, feel and know at the bottom of us. As someone who writes herself, this collection strikes me as such a huge achievement, I cannot even begin to imagine how one could accomplish it. I didn ...more
Eman Dubul
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رقصة الظلال السعيدة
مجموعة قصصية لـ أليس مونرو الحائزة على جائزة نوبل للآداب

هذه المجموعة القصصية خفيفة ولطيفة وظريفة تدور مابين المزارع والغابات والطبيعة الجميلة
قصص عن الحب والأخوة والصداقة والعلاقات الاسرية الشائكة والالتزامات الخانقة والبحث عن الذات

لابد وأنك ستجد شيئا ما يشبهك فيها أو ربما يشبه شخصا قابلته في مكان ما
عن نفسي وجدت الكثير مني في شخصية الكاتبة في قصة المكتب
هناك مشاهد قد تكون اعتيادية ولكنها مرسومة بعناية وبلغة سلسة وانسيابية ستدخلك إلى عالمها من خلال تفاصيلها الصغيرة
استمتعت ك
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Estelle
Alice Munro is one of my favorite authors. Over her entire career she has deftly written about the lives of ordinary girls and women - their experiences, their challenges, their dreams. She is so worthy of the Nobel Prize for Literature, which she won in 2013.

This is Munro's first published book, and like most of the others, it is a book of short stories. It is just as beautifully written as her later ones, and shows her early power of storytelling. In this volume, which won the Canadian Governo
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Amanda
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She is truly astounding. There wasn't a dud in here and many times I would have to reread sentences because they packed so much insight into human behavior into one line that you can barely absorb it. Each of her stories feels like it contains every bit as much as other great authors fit into 500 page books. She doesn't waste a word.
Anastasia Sijabat
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Munro's first book one and a half years ago and I thought she was the best short story writer I've ever encountered. 'Dance of the Happy Shades' is her fourth book I've read, and I stood corrected.

One sign of a great writer is if you can literally read anything written by her and think it's awesome. It is what I feel with Munro. Her works are humble. Different from other (usually male) writers with grandiose vocabularies and exhibitionist tendencies, Munro chose to deliver in colloquial w
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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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“At high school I was never comfortable for a minute. I did not know about Lonnie. Before an exam, she got icy hands and palpitations, but I was close to despair at all times. When I was asked a question in class, any simple little question at all, my voice was apt to come out squeaky, or else hoarse and trembling. When I had to go to the blackboard I was sure—even at a time of the month when this could not be true—that I had blood on my skirt. My hands became slippery with sweat when they were required to work the blackboard compass. I could not hit the ball in volleyball; being called upon to perform an action in front of others made all my reflexes come undone. I hated Business Practice because you had to rule pages for an account book, using a straight pen, and when the teacher looked over my shoulder all the delicate lines wobbled and ran together. I hated Science; we perched on stools under harsh lights behind tables of unfamiliar, fragile equipment, and were taught by the principal of the school, a man with a cold, self-relishing voice—he read the Scriptures every morning—and a great talent for inflicting humiliation. I hated English because the boys played bingo at the back of the room while the teacher, a stout, gentle girl, slightly cross-eyed, read Wordsworth at the front. She threatened them, she begged them, her face red and her voice as unreliable as mine. They offered burlesqued apologies and when she started to read again they took up rapt postures, made swooning faces, crossed their eyes, flung their hands over their hearts. Sometimes she would burst into tears, there was no help for it, she had to run out into the hall. Then the boys made loud mooing noises; our hungry laughter—oh, mine too—pursued her. There was a carnival atmosphere of brutality in the room at such times, scaring weak and suspect people like me.” 8 likes
“He tells me how the Great Lakes came to be. All where Lake Huron is now, he says, used to be flat land, a wide flat plain. Then came the ice, creeping down from the north, pushing deep into the low places. Like that—and he shows me his hand with his spread fingers pressing the rock-hard ground where we are sitting. His fingers make hardly any impression at all and he says, “Well, the old ice cap had a lot more power behind it than this hand has.” And then the ice went back, shrank back towards the North Pole where it came from, and left its fingers of ice in the deep places it had gouged, and ice turned to lakes and there they were today. They were new, as time went. I try to see that plain before me, dinosaurs walking on it, but I am not able even to imagine the shore of the Lake when the Indians were there, before Tuppertown. The tiny share we have of time appalls me, though my father seems to regard it with tranquillity. Even my father, who sometimes seems to me to have been at home in the world as long as it has lasted, has really lived on this earth only a little longer than I have, in terms of all the time there has been to live in. He has not known a time, any more than I, when automobiles and electric lights did not at least exist. He was not alive when this century started. I will be barely alive—old, old—when it ends. I do not like to think of it. I wish the Lake to be always just a lake, with the safe-swimming floats marking it, and the breakwater and the lights of Tuppertown.” 4 likes
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