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The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
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I love Alice Munro ever since I discovered her in the NYer many years ago. However, this 1/2 novel, 1/2 biography about her father-daughter relationship and the family Scottish history had me questioning her motive. I could not get past, why? Why would she choose this 1/2 and 1/2 voice for such an important book? It is never clear how many parts are historical-autobiographical and how many are fiction. As one reviewer wrote, "Perhaps it doesn't matter: Munro's particular talent lies in recreating art as life."

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