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Harriet

I don't think I've ever read Alice Munro. As I've become newly converted to short stories I think this would be a collection I'd enjoy very much -- nice review -- thanks.

Caroline

I like stories of memory a lot. I think they are some of the best. I didn't know some of her stories were set in the Depression-era. Or maybe that's the only one.

litlove

I can imagine Alice Munroe writing this so well! Really must get one of her story collections out. I think I have three sitting on my shelf unread - yikes!

Stefanie

Another good story. I don't think there have been any clunkers yet in this collection! Impressive.

Danielle

She's a wonderful writer. If you like short stories anyway, you have to give her a go--I've heard (and think I can concur the more short stories I read) that she is one of the best short story writers working today! I plan on making my way through her work!

Danielle

I do, too. It's interesting to think about memory and perception and it's a theme she seems to return to quite often. I think she was born in the 1930s so she didn't grow up in that era but perhaps she heard stories of the Depression from her parents. She has set a number of the stories I've read so far in that period, which I find fascinating to read about--so perfect for me. Maybe that's in part why I like her so much, but irregardless she's an exceptional writer.

Danielle

This does seem classic Alice Munro style. I liked the story quite a lot--I am sure I must say it with every new story by her I read, but this might just be my favorite so far! Yes, you do need to pull one of those collections out--you won't regret it! Of course how many of her books do I have on my shelves and for how long have I been hoarding them??

Danielle

I am convinced she does not write clunkers! Well, I've yet to come across one I didn't like which says a lot. I must say I really do look forward to each new story I read of hers.

Harriet

I shall -- thanks, Danielle.

Buried In Print

When I think back to this story, I am struck by two images, one of the boys practicing their "routines" across the street from the boarding house, and the other of the boy sneaking into the rink (later opening the door for the other two). These stories are just so rewarding, but even more so is the sense of rediscovering them through another reader's experience of them; I'm so enjoying our shared readings of these!

Danielle

It really does help to keep the stories in mind by both writing something about them and then hearing what others have to say, too. Such a good idea you have had--to read them all in order. I'm enjoying the first collection, too, and have slowly been making my way through it. Can't you just picture some of these stories being made into movies? I wonder if any have been?

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