Dear Life


Munro, Alice

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dear Life
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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
ISBN: 0307596885
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternate Title: Eye.


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Sep 17, 2014
  • empbee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A real master of short stories. Great style but simple, unique at the same time. The stories read like unsolved mysteries of life and its players - humans.

Aug 21, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Of interest are the last four autobiographical pieces. Not my favorite collection, but still wonderful.

Aug 16, 2014

Everyday stories of everyday people and their foibles, we all have one or two of these stories in our lives. She connects with them and makes us examine our own narratives.

May 01, 2014
  • DanglingConversations 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!

Oct 11, 2013

Congratulations to a brilliant author for winning the Nobel prize for literature, 2013. Alice Munro has been my favourite author since I read "Dance of the Happy Shades" and, though USA would love to lay claim to her, she is OURS! A great Canadian with a unique voice, her humility is as impressive as her talent. BRAVA!

Oct 10, 2013

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.

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Apr 01, 2014

“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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