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Selected Stories by Alice Munro
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28 of Alice Munro's best short stories written between 1961 and 1994. Most of them depict glances of everyday life. The standpoint is often that of a fragile, lonely, yet self-reliant woman, at different ages and moods. The subtleties and depth of thought reveal a lifetime dedicated to experiencing, observing and interpreting human endeavors. The aftertaste is mostly nostalgic and full of mild regret.

Though for sure a fine selection, I find the range of the stories very broad, varying from some of one or two stars to some definite fives. I chose three for the overall impression.

My favorite story is by far "The Albanian Virgin", which is also the most recent of the texts included in the book - it was published in "The New Yorker" in 1994. I liked it especially because it is nothing like one would expect by reading the title. Very surprising! The main character is an old woman and her perspective on life is not just mature and wise, but also refreshing and inspiring.
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May 21, 2016 – Shelved
May 21, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
June 7, 2016 – Started Reading
June 16, 2016 – Shelved as: 07-us-american
June 16, 2016 – Finished Reading

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