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alice munro's books are incredible. enjoy the ride thru the stories


I love Alice Munro although have only read one collection by her so far. So far, because I plan to read everything as well. Her stories are so poignant and real, few other short story writers can compare.


I have collected a few of her collections as well and read the one or the other story. They are short stories but have the breath and complexity of novels. At least that's how it felt for me. Actually they are richer and more complex than many novels.


I've only read one Alice Munroe book - The View from Castle Rock - but I thought it was wonderful. This sounds such a clever and intricate story. I'm sure I'd love it, too!


You know, in spite of all the praise and my feeling that I would love Alice Munro, I have yet to manage to read anything by her. sigh. As for collecting and author after reading one or two books, I totally know how that goes, I do it too and sometimes even before I read one book!


Alice Munro is inimitable. Such a great person to read -- especially her entire works! Delicious.


She really is. I'm glad I am finally getting around to reading her properly. And happily I have nearly all of her work still ahead of me to read. One of her stories just appeared in the New Yorker recently by the way.


I guess I can't compare as I don't read stories as broadly as I should--at least by contemporary writers, but her work is really superlative. I read The Lives of Girls and Women ages ago and since then only a smattering of her stories picked out of collections. And I think she is someone you can easily reread and still find new things to think about.


I think you are right. The most recent couple of stories have really floored me. How does she do that? She can fit so much into thirty pages--more than other authors in hundreds of pages! Knowing she's so good makes me eager to pick up the book and keep reading.


I read it once and decided I didn't pay close enough attention and then skimmed it again to try and get it all straight in my head. Now I think I'm almost ready for a proper second read of it! I have The View from Castle Rock, too, and have read one of the stories in it--I wanted it so badly I even bought it in hardcover (too bad I only managed one of the stories--but I'll get to the rest now).


I must admit. I do, too. Collect books by authors who I think I'm going to like very much that is (especially mystery writers). If you want just a taste of her work--one of her stories just appeared in a recent New Yorker--the story might even be online--it must have been one of the September issues. It was really good, and even now weeks later I sometimes think about it.


I only wish I would have joined in earlier so I could have read from the very start, but I am sure that themes will still emerge and I'll be able to see how her style develops and changes. Delicious is a good description actually! I'm already looking forward to the next story!

Liz F

Another writer to catch up with - if only I had nothing to do but read I might stand a chance!
I have a copy of The View From Castle Rock tucked away somewhere and will search it out. I am trying to keep up with having a book of short stories 'on the go' alongside other reading as I seem to have accumulated quite a few volumes over the years.


I have The View from Castle Rock in hardcover--had to have it--and then I think I managed one story and didn't finish it. However the time is right now--I am very much in a short story mood these days. I have lots of partially read story collections by my bed--I need to pick them up more often, though I think at the moment, this one has the best chances of being read regularly since I am trying to post on the stories I'm reading.

Buried In Print

They are just fantastic, aren't they? I really enjoyed reading your post because it recasts some of my own memories of/experience of the story. Which sounds strange, I know, because we've read it so recently, both of us, but there is SO much in the story that what stands out to one reader is not necessarily what stands out to the next. I absolutely love the complexity of her stories, and think you can discuss a single one in the same depth that a bookclub can discuss a novel.


I know I've read a few of her stories before, but I think I am not always a very careful short story reader--just going for the jist of it all, if you know what I mean--and there really is so much more to these stories. So I am trying to go slower and skim again when I finish. I do like reading along and getting another perspective (or several since you have commenters who are also reading and talking about the stories), since it helps fix it all in my own mind. I'm glad I decided to join in--otherwise I tend to read one story and then set the book aside and not give what I've read much thought. Just writing a few thoughts down helps it all make more sense to me!

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