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Selected Stories by Alice Munro
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i have read everything published by this author, so impressed she has won deserved Nobel. rather than go through each book i decide to just note those i really like in this selection, then maybe the collections since. you cannot go wrong with any selection. you also will never feel like you have wasted reading time, as she is always concise, always readable, always resonant...

theory on reading alice munro: if each collection has thirteen stories, three or four will be good, six or seven very good, three or four will be excellent- and make up for any weaker ones. and then, for each reader and each time, this appreciation of her work will shift and change, change and shift...

also, best to read occasionally, not all at once. a lot to find in a little wordcount...

so, for this selected stories:

Walker Brothers Cowboy
The Ottawa Valley
The Beggar Maid
Simon's Luck
Labor Day Dinner
The Moons of Jupiter
The Progress of Love
Friend of My Youth
The Albanian Virgin
A Wilderness Station

The Bear Came Around the Mountain
Before the Change
The Love of a Good Woman
Spaceships Have Landed
Working for a Living
Dear Life

and others i cannot remember titles...

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Alice Munro
“A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.”
Alice Munro, Selected Stories

Reading Progress

Finished Reading
June 12, 2010 – Shelved
June 30, 2010 – Shelved as: aa-canadalit
January 8, 2011 – Shelved as: munro-alice
May 1, 2011 – Shelved as: short-stories
June 26, 2011 – Shelved as: xlong-over-400
July 1, 2011 – Shelved as: aa-womanauthor
October 10, 2013 – Shelved as: nobellit
July 2, 2016 – Shelved as: all-five-star
March 27, 2017 – Shelved as: zz1994
October 3, 2017 – Shelved as: literature

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message 1: by Sunny (new)

Sunny thanks mate will check out

message 2: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Congratulations to her on her very well deserved win. It must be great for you and your family to see her recognised in this way. I will definitely make a point to read more of her stories.

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