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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro
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Jun 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-classics, 2010

This collection of short stories was my introduction to Alice Munro's world and writing. It is not light reading material, not ideal if you seek some fluffy escapism, but each novella will stay long with you and make you think. Her short stories are like snapshots of the lives of her characters, this was something that I personally don't like: I prefer a story to have a beginning, a middle and an ending, it bothered me that I didn't get a glipmse of what would happen to the characters after the middle of the story, but it is just a personal preference.

I have read that Alice Munro is called the Canadian Chekhov, and I have to agree, the athmosphere of her stories is very reminiscent of Chekhov: her stories, the repressed tension, all the hidden feelings and reasons behind the peaceful exterior are simmering and make the reader tense up, feeling the progressive build up of tension and unavoidable explosion coming.

This was not a light and enjoyable read but rather an unsettling drama, the storylines and problems kept me thinking long after finishing the story.

Plot: 4/10
Characters: 8/10
Ending: 6/10
Writing: 7/10
Cover: 8/10
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Reading Progress

June 12, 2009 – Shelved
September 7, 2009 –
page 92
September 7, 2009 – Shelved as: modern-classics
September 8, 2009 –
page 132
September 9, 2009 –
page 155
September 10, 2009 –
page 175
September 11, 2009 –
page 211
Started Reading
February 1, 2010 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2010 –
page 304
February 9, 2010 –
page 352
October 7, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010

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