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Caroline

I know what you mean, some story seem so easily read but in writing about them we become aware of how complex they are and that we cannot really do the justice in picking just element.
It sounds like another interesting story and the angle she chose to write about this awful event is great.

Stefanie

Yet another interesting story you are tempting me with!

Buried In Print

Something that hadn't struck me before while reading is that it's Clayton's definition of "fit" that comes to stick, about it being something that married people have. As you've said, there is SO much to take in, in just a single one of her stories, but now that I read this passage quoted here in your post, and I think about it again, the fact that it's Peg's son who observes this does reveal that (given that Robert says they don't have "fits", he and Peg) there is definitely more to Peg's last relationship too than the reader has understood...maybe that old flame didn't just love the north and drive on up there after all. (Insert: sinister music) I'm not sure how much of the darkness I'm reading into Peg's lies, but some of them are sure doozies, aren't they!

Danielle

I think writing about it I came at it at an odd angle. It's an interesting story but open ended so the more I thought about it the more I was questioning things. I suppose that's really a sign of a good story, where you keep thinking about it long after you turn the last page. You're right--she did come at it from an unusual perspective--this seems typical Alice Munro!

Danielle

I know I'm hooked. I wonder if I'll get anyone else hoked! ;) You are going to have to try her soon, too!

Danielle

Peg's interesting, isn't she? So calm and in control and completely uninterested in what happened it would seem. Clayton's observation sort of surprised me--about her fights with her husband--or her husband's fights with her. She seems so unemotional and detached. And it bugs me not to know why she didn't say just what she saw or what she did in the Weebles' house--where did the blood on her coat come from? Munro leaves so much unanswered the more I thought about it the more it started to bother me. And she doesn't really elaborate about the ex-husband. I was going along fine in my post until I thought about explaining what the title Fits meant--and then it all became sort of confusing for me. I really should read this one again (but I say that with every story I read by her).

Abigail @ The Story Factory Reading Zone


Sounds like this book has quite a dramatic start, but then gets ever so serious. Sounds a little too heavy for me.

litlove

I'm sure that's exactly what makes Munroe such a good writer - the ease with which the story is read, and the sudden realisation of its complexity when you come to recount it. I know exactly what you mean and have read many stories like that - and they are often the ones that have given me the most reading pleasure.

Danielle

Actually I am sure you would like her work--I've just come at the story from an awkward angle and didn't do a good job at all of writing about it!

Danielle

It is nice thinking about stories later and reading what others have to say about them. I'd love to read my way through her work and I have a feeling you'd like it as well (though I think you've said you have read one or two of her collections before?--so you already know! ;) ).

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