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Julieta: Three Stories That Inspired the Movie

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The Three Stories that Inspired the Movie, with a foreword by Pedro Almodovar

Alice Munro is cherished for her exquisite, affecting meditations on the human heart. In these three linked stories, Chance, Soon, and Silence which, together, inspired Pedro Almodovar s film Julieta her virtuosic talents are once again on display. The stories follow a schoolteacher named Juliet a
Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition, 113 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Vintage
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I know Munro is highly regarded (Nobel Prize winner, and all that), I only seem to read her when someone does a film adaptation of her work. My only previous experience of her was 'The Bear Came Over the Mountain', after seeing Sarah Polley's fine movie version, "Away From Her'. Now. impelled by Pedro Almodovar's adaptation, I wanted to see what the original three stories looked like, as obviously the director's vision, set in Spain, must have been wildly different. But no, aside from s ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A story about complex relationships and the messiness of life. These are three short stories that connect and jump from three different stages of Julieta’s life creating a complete cohesive story.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As I understand it, these three "Juliet" stories were pulled from a larger Munro collection titled "Runaway" (2004). Nothing in Munro land, with its subtle shadings and nuanced truths, is so overtly dramatic as running away. (Drifting, maybe.) Oh, maybe that's what happens in the other stories, but I sort of doubt it. In the Juliet stories, which would go on to comprise the basis for a recent movie (which I have not seen), the reader follows the arc (or anti-arc, if you will) of a woman in three ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Almodóvar miatt kezdtem bele, mert a filmmel megvett magának, de a Nobel-díjas írónőtől eddig tartottam. Azt hiszem, kezdésnek a legjobb volt, mert bár nem szerettem bele ebbe a szenvtelen stílusba, fogok még próbálkozni további novellákkal.

A három történet Juliet életének fontos szakaszait ábrázolja, kapcsolatait, szerelmét, anyaságát. Szüleivel való viszonyát sokkal árnyaltabbnak találtam, mint a filmben. Igaz, a rendező Spanyolországba tette át a történetet, egy teljesen különböző kultúrkörbe
George K. Ilsley
The movie takes three stories by Alice Munro, puts them into a blender, pulverized various themes and uses a strainer to impose a new order and meaning. Also the setting is moved to Spain. Much of the original stories is unchanged; and yet, everything is different.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In anticipation of Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming "Julieta", I read the three short stories, Chance, Soon, and Silence. Each story is a snapshot of the protagonist, Juliet, at different stages of her life: as a single young woman doing her Ph.D thesis in classics riding the train and starting an affair with the father of her child, as an unmarried mother of a toddler visiting her parents in a small town, and as a middle-aged woman, grieving and mourning for the protracted estrangement of her daughte ...more
Alice Benson
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three connected short stories about Julieta, exploring three different periods of her life. These stories inspired a movie. I haven't seen the movie, but the stories are wonderful. Alice Munro writes characters who are rich and full and complex. ...more
Diane, the BookWitch
Maybe I was expecting too much from this or maybe reading the full collection would have made more sense, but this was a big disappointment. It was not captivating nor heart-wrenching at all.
Frankly, I found the stories boring. It was difficult to connect with and feel for the characters because these snapshots of life did not have any depth to them in my opinion.
The writing style was not for me either, I did not love the perpetual change of tenses.

In the first story, Juliet meets her boyfriend
Sara Cunningham
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a meditation on the life of one woman, Juliet. We begin with her as a young woman traveling to a new job, where she meets a man.

Next we come back to Juliet a few years later, pregnant, returning home to visit her parents.

Lastly, we encounter Juliet as a woman with a successful career and a fully grown child.

Each story meditates on the stages in life—what do we want? What is happiness? In each story, mistakes are made, self reflection is done, and ultimately Juliet changes and lives her
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally random pickup from the library that I wouldn't have bothered with if I just had the original Munro collection in my hands (I haven't seen the movie, so no context for me there)--it probably would be more interesting to read these stories with her sequencing, and with whatever resonance the other stories might bring, or the space that the other stories would add. But I like the life story that these 3 add up to, and Munro is ace as usual. ...more
Myra Leysorek
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Id read these stories before, in the original collection Runaway, but I found it worthwhile to reread them after seeing the movie they inspired. And now I think I should reread the collection as Munro arranged them, to find the connections that she made by putting them with others. But it was a nice way to round out the experience of seeing the movie, to see how Almodovar changed the stories to make a movie plot.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Master writer with such elegant subtleness, as a whisper in the ear, Munro tells the life of Juliet to the reader. I found the protagonist likeable, intelligent and above all human. I intend to watch the movie soon to relive these images.
Mary Sisney
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I didn't like the main character (Juliet) in this collection of three related stories, Munro's portraits of sick women and dysfunctional relationships are intriguing. ...more
Jasmine Gu
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Lehingrat
Silence is the best of the bunch about Juliets search for her missing daughter. ***
Just not for me really, didn't really grab my attention, pleasant enough but not very interesting. ...more
anna b
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I like the style of the book, how different stages of life transit through the three stories but I can't feel much from the book other than a tinge of poignancy. ...more
Starre Vartan
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Does anyone capture the horrible sadness of the human condition like Munro?
Eh. Wasn't impressed. Too slow for my taste. ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I recommend reading the book first before watching the film Julieta. Pedro Almodóvar brings to life the character Juliet from the pages to the big screen.
Josie Rideg
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. Interesting to know Pedro Almodavar based hu
Is film on These stories.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a set of three stories Chance, Soon and Silence which were first published by the New Yorker in 2004. Then it was republished in a book called Runaway.

I don't have any experience with Alice Monroe. I had read one short story. Many friends love her writing and so I thought I would give it a try. I agree she is a great writer, but I'm not sure if I am on the same planet with her. I understood the stories, but didn't feel much but sadness. I will have to think about it more.

Excellent! Superb-writing: intense, thought-provoking. Pulling these three stories into their own collection was an act of genius and ensures that they do not get lost within a larger collection. I'm looking forward to viewing Almodovar's Spanish film adaptation. ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More like a 4.5... I love this book
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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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