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Dear Life

Stories
Munro, Alice (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dear Life
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This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.
Authors: Munro, Alice, 1931-
Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Title: Dear life
stories
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
Contents: To reach Japan
Amundsen
Leaving Maverley
Gravel
Haven
Pride
Corrie
Train
In sight of the lake
Dolly
The eye
Night
Voices
Dear life.
Summary: This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.
Local Note: 1 6 9 15 16 17 18 29 35 53 57 68 71 73 76 79 80 97 109 112 113 118 122 133 138 143 149 150 159 160 167 172 173 182 188 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 226 228 231 242 243 244 245 250 258 264 274 276
Alternate Title: Eye.
ISBN: 9780307596888
0307596885
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Munro
Subject Headings: Short stories, Canadian. Huron, Lake (Mich. and Ont.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Short stories.
Short stories.
Topical Term: Short stories, Canadian.
LCCN: 2012020455
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May 01, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am not a fan of short stories at the best of times and this book is a quintessential example of why I don't like this genre. Snippets of sad lives, neglect, misunderstanding and few redeeming events to pull the characters or the situations into balance. How hard can life be in Saskatchewan?

Feb 05, 2014
  • mxt144 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't finish the book. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters, and the themes were too repetitive.

Jan 20, 2014
  • mytwin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was great to read ALICE again just after her Nobel win.She is a breath of fresh south western Ontario air!

October 10, 2013: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story"!

Jun 13, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's been a while since I enjoyed a book of short stories as much as I did this one. To read in such picturesque words about events and times in the not so distant past is indeed a treat and Munro has done justice to the times in a remarkable way. Indeed in this collection of short stories, Munro has packed so much detail that I may never read a novel again!

Jun 13, 2013
  • JCLDorianA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stories about the moment in time a life is forever altered by a decision, a chance encounter or by a simple twist of fate.

May 27, 2013
  • CandiCan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is the 1st book I've read by Alice Munro. She is very skilled at writing short stories. The book left me feeling melancholy but I did enjoy.

May 03, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent collection of short stories from a reliably good writer.

Mar 09, 2013
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I really only read one short story.....didn't have time to continue with the book as it had to go back to library. I kept it on my list to get again to give it another try...I was interested in the short story I read but it just ended abruptly and left me stunned!!! I won't give up though!!

Feb 24, 2013
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This collection of short stories is of the usual high standard of Alice Munroe's writings and if you are not familiar with her writings it would be a very intriguing starting point. These short stories are original, intelligent and some are quirky enough with the odd twist and turn that I didn't see coming.

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“The thing is to be happy,' he said. 'No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It's nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn't believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, you're just there, going along easy in the world.”
― Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories

Dec 29, 2012
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perhaps that daughter, grown and distant, was the one she was looking for in the baby carriage. Just after my mother had grabbed me up, as she said, for dear life.

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