Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

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Read Dear Life: Stories Online Free - With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped -- the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.

Title : Dear Life: Stories
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ISBN : 0771064861
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Manny rated it ★★★★☆

February 12, 2014

I had never read any Alice Munro, and I find it's difficult to say anything sensible about her. Obviously, the stories are very good. (She just won the Nobel Prize. Duh). But what's most impressive is that she doesn't seem to be doing anything in particular. With some writers, it's easy to unders...

Nicholas rated it ★★★★★

January 12, 2016

This new collection pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken or a simple twist of fate. These are terrific stories by an amazing talent, a writer so good I learn something new with every story.

Rowena rated it ★★★★★

January 19, 2014

I’m always careful not to fall victim to popular opinion when reading any book, especially one by such an acclaimed and beloved writer as Alice Munro. I tried to forget the fact that Munro had only recently won the Nobel prize for fiction. This is only my second Munro so maybe I’m not the best ju...

Kalliope rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2015

DEAR WRITING It is reassuring to see that the Nobel Prize for literature went recently to someone who writes so clearly and so unpretentiously. I am not much of a reader of short stories. Shifting from one to the next is always anticlimactic. And often their being grouped in one particular volume...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

December 11, 2012

As with all of Alice Munro's books, I rushed out to buy this newest collection, and then I rushed home, eager to plunge into it. I am an ardent fan of Alice Munro's work, and I think this collection is good, better than good. The most breathtaking, full and energetic of the short stories in this...

Nandakishore rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

You know, I have been trying to put my finger on what exactly makes Alice Munro so fascinating. Her writing is without frills - she does not use flowery language or dazzling metaphors. Her stories can be read by any schoolkid without referring a dictionary. Ms. Munro does not write about extraord...

brian rated it ★★★☆☆

November 21, 2012

alice munro - great contemporary writer and bigtime oxymoron* - has a new collection coming out nov 13, just 3 days after i'm to be married. which is great as i'm expecting to be all reflective and nostalgic but also forward-looking and hopeful, a mishmash of sentiment and emotion and whatnot; wh...

Carmen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 28, 2016

Story 1: To Reach Japan A story about a woman who's determined to have an affair. Now, I don't condone affairs. But sometimes I can understand them, e.g. Addicted by Zane. But here, no reason is given for Greta cheating. And it doesn't seem to matter who she's cheating with: any available and inter...

Ty rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 03, 2016

I'm a writer myself, and within the last two years or so have begun to concentrate a bit more on writing short fiction. To write is to read, as they say, and I have made an effort to read more short fiction. Many people, from members of my writing group, to lecturers I've listened to, to writers o...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2015

Dear Life: “One day he just got the idea that he could do the acting and not go through all that church stuff. He tried to be polite about it, but they said it was the Devil getting hold. He said ha-ha I know who it was getting hold. Bye-bye.” Greta should have known that he could have possibly b...

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