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Runaway Here Are The Infinite Betrayals And Surprises Of Love Between Men And Women, Between Friends, Between Parents And Children That Are The Stuff Of All Our LivesIn Alice Munro S Superb New Collection, We Find Stories About Women Of All Ages And Circumstances, Their Lives Made Palpable By The Subtlety And Empathy Of This Incomparable WriterThe Runaway Of The Title Story Is A Young Woman Who, Though She Thinks She Wants To, Is Incapable Of Leaving Her Husband In Passion, A Country Girl Emerging Into The Larger World Via A Job In A Resort Hotel Discovers In A Single Moment Of Stunning Insight The Limits And Lies Of That Mysterious Emotion Three Stories Are About A Woman Named Juliet In The First, She Escapes From Teaching At A Girls School Into A Wild And Irresistible Love Match In The Second She Returns With Her Child To The Home Of Her Parents, Whose Life And Marriage She Finally Begins To Examine And In The Last, Her Child, Caught, She Mistakenly Thinks, In The Grip Of A Religious Cult, Vanishes Into An Unexplained And Profound Silence In The Final Story, Powers, A Young Woman With The Ability To Read The Future Sets Off A Chain Of Events That Involves Her Husband To Be And A Friend In A Lifelong Pursuit Of What Such A Gift Really Means, And Who Really Has ItThroughout This Compelling Collection, Alice Munro S Understanding Of The People About Whom She Writes Makes Them As Vivid As Our Own Neighbors Here Are The Infinite Betrayals And Surprises Of Love Between Men And Women, Between Friends, Between Parents And Children That Are The Stuff Of All Our Lives It Is Alice Munro S Special Gift To Make These Stories As Vivid And Real As Our Own


About the Author: Alice Munro

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  1. says:

    Not, who has readAlice Munro that I have, wants to know why she doesn t write novels Her uncharitable hypothesis is that Munro is too lazy to do the necessary work she d rather just scribble down each idea in short story form and then move on to the next one Other people criticize her for being cerebral or contrived I don t agree with any of this, but I can see where the accusations are coming from After some thought, I find a metaphor which sums up my own feelings It s true that Not, who has readAlice Munro that I have, wants to know why she doesn t write novels Her uncharitable hypothesis is that Munro is too lazy to do the necessary work she d rather just scribble down each idea in short story form and then move on to the next one Other people criticize her for being cerebral or contrived I don t agree with any of this, but I can see where the accusations are coming from After some thought, I find a metaphor which sums up my own feelings It s true that a Munro story can seem just a little too perfect Everything fits together so elegantly there is nothing wasted A non chessplayer might compare it to a chess game But for someone who does play chess, the image doesn t work A normal chess game is like a novel It s a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, where things often go in unexpected directions and painfully have to be put back on track Novelists can never quite control their characters Proust somehow ended up putting in a couplebooks than he had originally intended , and chessplayers have an even harder time controlling their pieces There is a small group of people in the chess world, however, who do something which feelsrewarding to them than playing games they compose endgame studies A study is a chess idea expressed in its purest form Every piece is necessary, and there is only one sequence of moves that achieves the desired result, given best defence If White s task is to win, then he has only one way to win, and if it is to draw, then he only has one way to draw The composer has a key position in mind, which possesses some unusual or beautiful property At first, the arrangement of the pieces appears pointless but finally the solver realizes that in just this case a knight is worththan a queen, or the king finds itself miraculously stalemated in the middle of the board, and they see what the composer is doing.A Munro story feels to me rather like a study There is a small group of people and a set of relationships between them Nothing seems out of the ordinary But somehow, as the story unfolds, a logical but completely unexpected scene arises A woman with psychic powers, baking little dough mice in an institution or a child, with a winter coat over her pyjamas, standing shivering in a snowdrift and helping scatter ashes You suddenly understand that this is what the story was about.Very few chessplayers are able to create worthwhile studies I think Munro s gift is similar, and just as rare


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    in 1997, the reigning king of redonda, a tiny island micronation in the bahamas, was so moved by superstar spanish writer javier marias s novel todas las almas that he abdicated the throne and handed it to marias weird shit so marias confers the title of duke and duchess to certain people, amongst them john ashbery duke of convexo pedro almodovar duke of tr mula frank gehry duke of nervi n w.g sebald duke of v rtigo guillermo cabrera infante duke of tigres every year all the d in 1997, the reigning king of redonda, a tiny island micronation in the bahamas, was so moved by superstar spanish writer javier marias s novel todas las almas that he abdicated the throne and handed it to marias weird shit so marias confers the title of duke and duchess to certain people, amongst them john ashbery duke of convexo pedro almodovar duke of tr mula frank gehry duke of nervi n w.g sebald duke of v rtigo guillermo cabrera infante duke of tigres every year all the dukes and duchesses come together and vote for one person to receive a duchy in 2005 they voted to cast amongst their ranks alice munro duchess of ontario an island run by a spanish writer and a whole team of supercool artist royalty i m gonna ditch the by now boring united states of america and become redonda s only inhabitant here re my theories as to why redonda s royalty, most other writers, and lotsa readers have a huge boner for alice munro 1 a she s an old lady b she s canadian c she s a badass anyone who s alive in the world understands a few things a c b c but somehow, in this instance a b c this has gotta rattle the shit outta some people 2 she bypasses all the tricks lotsa contemporary writers employ in order to tease out human behavior and all those lofty writery themes munro just sets it in motion and gets to the core quicker and withpoignancy than most others contemporary writers who feel all the oldies peering over their shoulders feel like they gotta do something new different to distinguish themselves must secretly loathe munro for just spinning a yarn filled withof the good shit than they pack into their stories of monsters of mud and comic books and hebraic constables etc 3 y know how francis ford coppola the duke of megal polis seriously elevated the doings of scuzzy gangsters to the level of olympian gods well, alice munro manages to pull a variation of this with totally ordinary people it s evenimpressive, really she manages to pull the elevate to olympian god thing while simultaneously keeping her stories small and creaky and specific 4 it s 1983 and i m laying on my back in the 6 school library while mrs greene reads to us with her cracky old woman s voice i close my eyes and take in that dusty book smell and just get totally lost in the world of a great story munro does this for adults her stories are what stories meant to us when we were kids 5 this book is not one of her strongest but, paraphrasing woody allen on orgasms the worst one is right on the money, the worst is still pretty great 6 alice munro is our chekhov cynthia ozick yes, yes realism and straightforward storytelling is a trick , another mode of storytelling as artificial as any type of formalism blahblahblah you know exfuckingactly what i mean here occasionally munro employs those o henryesque endings these are amongst her weakest stories


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    As seen on The ReadventurerLike many readers, I claim quite often that I am not really a fan of short stories, that is, I claim that until I come across the next good short story collection, like Alice Munro s Runaway My imaginary dislike for shorts can surely be traced to reading too many poorly assembled multi author anthologies There are maybe two of them in existence that I can honestly call good From my experience, single author collections are much, muchsatisfying.Once again, I ha As seen on The ReadventurerLike many readers, I claim quite often that I am not really a fan of short stories, that is, I claim that until I come across the next good short story collection, like Alice Munro s Runaway My imaginary dislike for shorts can surely be traced to reading too many poorly assembled multi author anthologies There are maybe two of them in existence that I can honestly call good From my experience, single author collections are much, muchsatisfying.Once again, I have a podcast to thank for discovering a new great author this time, The New Yorker fiction podcast The moment I finished listening to Munro s Axis, I went straight to my digital public library to download meof her stories.What Alice Munro s stories remind me the most of are the works of another fabulous Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, particularly The Blind Assassin and Cat s Eye Maybe Canadian books, similar to Australian, have a specific regional flavor I am starting to believe they do, Canadian fiction tends to evokes feelings of cold, emptiness, spaciousness and loneliness in me Munro s stories have the same structure, they are told through a prism of many years past, usually by a mature female narrator, who looks back in time and recollects a specific experience of her youth that changed the whole course of her life The stories are told from a position of maturity and understanding, but with a feeling of a mild regret In the present, decades later, those life turning events do not sting as much as they used to, but the narrator knows unequivocally, they have changed EVERYTHING These events that Munro writes so beautifully about, can be quite trivial on the surface like going on a wild car ride with one s passionless fiance s brother or being momentarily rude to an annoying passenger on a train or traumatizing appearance of a strange woman in a child s life who makes the strangest insinuations about the child s birth , but whatever these events are, they affect the narrator in a major way.Munro s prose is deceptively simple and straightforward, but what she achieves with it is tremendous Her fame as one of finest short story writers is well deserved


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    Here s what Jonathan Franzen said about this book in the NY Times Book Review Basically, Runaway is so good that I don t want to talk about it here Quotation can t do the book justice, and neither can synopsis The way to do it justice is to read it.But here s what Michiko Kakutani says about it in the NY Times Instead of assuming the organic, musical form of real life, they feel like self conscious, overworked tales, relying on awkwardly withheld secrets and O Henryesque twists to create narra Here s what Jonathan Franzen said about this book in the NY Times Book Review Basically, Runaway is so good that I don t want to talk about it here Quotation can t do the book justice, and neither can synopsis The way to do it justice is to read it.But here s what Michiko Kakutani says about it in the NY Times Instead of assuming the organic, musical form of real life, they feel like self conscious, overworked tales, relying on awkwardly withheld secrets and O Henryesque twists to create narrative suspense EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNG WRONG.Franzen s right Just read it It s good It s not THAT good, it s too simple and straightforward to really rock your world on a spiritual level, but it s really really good Her stories are long sometimes a bit too and have a ton of emotional weight, which a lot of these tricky young writers seem to forget to include in the name of fun No tricks here Just good stories That s the Alice Munro promise


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    O realizador espanhol Pedro Almodovar adaptou ao cinema os contos Acaso, Em Breve e Sil ncio com Juliet como protagonista.Adoro contosA escritora canadiana Alice Munro n 1931 de quem li recentemente O Progresso do Amor 1985 1986 4 , Falsos Segredos 1994 5 e dio, Amizade, Namoro, Amor, Casamento 2001 4 Pr mio Nobel da Literatura em 2013 uma especialista na narrativa curta, reconhecida e aclamada como um mestre do conto contempor neo , apenas com um nico roma O realizador espanhol Pedro Almodovar adaptou ao cinema os contos Acaso, Em Breve e Sil ncio com Juliet como protagonista.Adoro contosA escritora canadiana Alice Munro n 1931 de quem li recentemente O Progresso do Amor 1985 1986 4 , Falsos Segredos 1994 5 e dio, Amizade, Namoro, Amor, Casamento 2001 4 Pr mio Nobel da Literatura em 2013 uma especialista na narrativa curta, reconhecida e aclamada como um mestre do conto contempor neo , apenas com um nico romance publicado em 1971, Vidas de Raparigas e Mulheres Fugas 2004 mais uma deslumbrante colect nea de oito contos sobre mulheres reais , nos seus sentimentos e na sua complexidade emocional, de todas as idades, de todas as classes sociais, de todos os n veis de instru o acad mica com descri es profundas, impregnadas de sequ ncias simb licas, com reflex es sociol gicas e filos ficas absorventes Por vezes, Alice Munro cria algum suspense na narrativa, interrompendo o um pouco mais frente, deixando o leitor levemente insatisfeito mas retomando o mais tarde como um momento culminante da hist ria.A escrita em Fugas nunca desilude, inteligente e met dica, num mundo fict cio de Alice Munro, que se vai tornando real e profundo para o leitor, onde quase todas as hist rias nos falam sobre o passado e sobre o presente, com in meras lacunas e saltos temporais, algumas de meses, outros de mais de quarenta anos mas que nos envolvem invariavelmente no seu dia a dia, nos seus problemas, na sua felicidade e na suas tristezas algumas jovens mulheres que actuam sobre o desejo de serem felizes, da realiza o sexual ou rom ntica, de se libertarem definitivamente do preconceito social, de enveredarem pela mudan a e pela estabilidade afectiva Os dois melhores contos 1 Fugida 5 Carla e o seu marido, Clark vivem numa quinta com cavalari as tratando de cavalos e guas dedicam se, simultaneamente, ao ensino da equita o a jovens.Sylvia Jamieson a vizinha, recentemente vi va, percebe que a uni o de Carla e o temperamental Clark est em crise Mrs Jamieson temia ter se envolvido demais na vida de Carla e que cometera o erro de supor que a felicidade e a liberdade de Carla eram uma e a mesma coisa P g 41 Flora, uma pequena cabrinha branca desaparece misteriosamente da quinta acaba por aparecer mais tarde de uma forma misteriosa.O destino de Carla e de Flora est o intimamente ligados Com a aproxima o dos dias dourados e secos do outono uma esta o produtiva e motivante Carla descobriu que se habituara ao pensamento pontiagudo que nela se alojara J n o era t o pontiagudo ali s, j n o a surpreendia E agora sentia se invadida por uma ideia quase sedutora, uma tenta o em constante lat ncia.S tinha de erguer os olhos, s tinha de olhar numa certa direc o, para saber para onde podia ir P g 42 7 Truques 5 Robin uma jovem que realiza uma viagem anual para Stratord com o intuito de ver uma pe a de teatro de Skakespeare Numa dessas viagens perde a carteira e encontra Danilo Adzic.Se Os g meos s o frequentemente causa de mal entendidos e acidentes em Skakespeare Um meio para um fim, o que se sup e serem esses truques E no fim resolvem se os mist rios, perdoam se as partidas, reacende se o amor verdadeiro ou algo que o valha, e os que foram enganados t m bom g nio e n o reclamam P g 210 Dif cil imaginar agora, pela maneira como as coisas eram ent o.Foi tudo estragado num dia, em alguns minutos, n o aos solu os, com v rios esfor os e conflitos, esperan as e perdas, no modo esgotante como se costumam estragar as coisas E se verdade que geralmente se estragam, n o seria essa maneira r pida a mais f cil de suportar Mas n o assim que se v em as coisas, n o quando somos n s que estamos implicados


  6. says:

    Munro is a fine crafter of the short story Each piece here has a careful balance of listing details and conveying emotional depth I feel like I ve read eight novels instead of eight short stories.


  7. says:

    Short stories can be deeply unsatisfying Too often the nuance overshadows character and plot development, as if the author is cruelly trying to offer the reader a tiny taste of a story before yanking it away again No so with Alice Munro She writes with such simplicity and economy and mystery The mystery arises from the way that she presents each story just a few words at the outset, perfectly descriptive, but never overly so And then the rest of it is just like alert be prepared for ti Short stories can be deeply unsatisfying Too often the nuance overshadows character and plot development, as if the author is cruelly trying to offer the reader a tiny taste of a story before yanking it away again No so with Alice Munro She writes with such simplicity and economy and mystery The mystery arises from the way that she presents each story just a few words at the outset, perfectly descriptive, but never overly so And then the rest of it is just like alert be prepared for tired metaphors unwrapping a gift or watching a flower bloom in those sped up photos Except, of course, that these flowers bloom tantalizingly slowly as the story unfolds.There s such a range of human situations that Ms Munro considers in Runaway, all of them complicated, most painful, some almost humorous, and many of them frustrating This is much like life, I guess Deeply imperfect and driven by chance and misunderstanding and weakness And yet the way that she presents life makes me feel as if every bit of it is just exactly as it should be


  8. says:

    This 2004 collection of eight stories by the Nobel Prize winning Canadian short story writer wonderfully demonstrates her narrative flair, the careful construction of her stories, and her psychological sensitivity and perception As is characteristic of her work, the stories here feature women navigating the shoals of familial constraints, transitions, and, to use an overused term, dysfunctions Munro works with an economy of language, conjuring moods and shifts of meaning, the subtleties of rel This 2004 collection of eight stories by the Nobel Prize winning Canadian short story writer wonderfully demonstrates her narrative flair, the careful construction of her stories, and her psychological sensitivity and perception As is characteristic of her work, the stories here feature women navigating the shoals of familial constraints, transitions, and, to use an overused term, dysfunctions Munro works with an economy of language, conjuring moods and shifts of meaning, the subtleties of relationships and the ambiguities of love, with acuteness, with a degree of sympathy and understanding, and yet with a toughness that will not let the reader avoid seeing and accepting facts and situations that are anything but happily ever after.The first and title story in the collection is aptly named The young woman Carla has run away from home with a slick smooth talker and finds herself isolated with a controlling man, the two of them struggling to make a living running a horseback riding school At the instigation of a neighbor, Carla runs away from him, only to succumb to a fit of anxiety that leads her back to the ranch and a life that requires her to overlook his manipulations.The second, third, and fourth stories all feature Juliet at different ages in her life, one dealing with her having struck out on her own and finding a man with whom to throw in her lot, one dealing years later with her return with her young daughter to visit her parents, and the last as a widow dealing the her own abandonment by her daughter In Passion, the twenty year old Grace, a high school graduate working away from home as a waitress, drifts into a relationship with an upper middle class family, passively allowing her life to unfold before her before taking an irrevocable step that alters everything Beneath the conventionality of the story and Grace s life is a sense of tension and inevitability, haunting premonitions of disaster that will alter the course of her life in ways that she perhaps desires.The antepenultimate story, Trespasses, is about a high school girl, an only child of liberal parents, who discovers secrets about her own birth and her parents past lives that go beyond the stereotypical Was I adopted clich The nuances of Lauren s wonderings, suspicions, and misunderstandings are clearly wrought, as is the unexpected ending Tricks is the story that moved me most, a story of a young nurse living thirty miles from Stratford in Canada, caring for her asthmatic sister but taking the time each year to treat herself to a Shakespeare play on a day s outing While there one year she meets a man, a Montenegro clock repairman They arrange to meet again the following year She returns to see As You Like It, but her meeting with Danilo does not occur Years later, she learns why I was touched by this story, about its exploration of complex feelings, about its stoic acceptance of the impossibility of living life over again, of missteps taken and opportunities missed.The final story, Power, is also the longest, the tracing of a life over half a century, ending with a time for reflecting on the vicissitudes of existence, on the consequences of roads not taken, on the way in which people misunderstand each other and choose to create each other in images other than who they really are It is the story of aging and what it means for a life to be drawing to a close, about what it means when one realizes that there ispast to one s life than future, about the dawning awareness that there is much about one s life that one cannot understand, now or ever.The excellence of Munro s stories must be acknowledged, and I think her Nobel Prize is richly deserved That having been said, her stories do seem to have a sameness of tone or ambiance, a typical somberness of theme and treatment that make the reader able to identify them even without the direct knowledge of her authorship There are authors who seem to have a wider range of mastery in terms of theme and treatment than does Munro, or at least a wider range of interest She might be described as a miniaturist, an artist excelling in depth rather than breadth, her skill undeniable I find her work to be most satisfying when I read a single story in isolation, allowing days and even weeks to elapse before reading another, her work being less rewarding or at least less moving when a collection is read straight through I recommend her work highly and am pleased that it has been recognized by the Nobel Committee


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    Alice Munro yu ok seviyorum Baz yerlerde hep Murakami ile kar la t r ld n g r yor Nobel i Murakami nin yerine Munro nun almas n n kimilerince haks zl k olarak nitelendirildi ini g r yorum Hi Murakami okumad m fakat Alice Munro ya da haks zl k yap ld n d n yorum Munro nun bana olduk a ba ka gelen bir havas var Asl nda ok de i ik insanlar anlatm yor ancak o hep kar m za kabilecek insanlar yle iyi bir ekilde anlat yor ki kap l p gidiyorsunuz San r m bu sebeple Kanad Alice Munro yu ok seviyorum Baz yerlerde hep Murakami ile kar la t r ld n g r yor Nobel i Murakami nin yerine Munro nun almas n n kimilerince haks zl k olarak nitelendirildi ini g r yorum Hi Murakami okumad m fakat Alice Munro ya da haks zl k yap ld n d n yorum Munro nun bana olduk a ba ka gelen bir havas var Asl nda ok de i ik insanlar anlatm yor ancak o hep kar m za kabilecek insanlar yle iyi bir ekilde anlat yor ki kap l p gidiyorsunuz San r m bu sebeple Kanada n n ehov u deniyor kendisine Bilemiyorum, ben Alice Munro okumaktan ger ekten ok b y k keyif al yorum Firar a gelirsem Asl nda firar etmek isteyen, firar eden kad nlar anlatm kitaptaki sekiz yk de de Bir yerlerden, bir eylerden, birilerinden uzakla mak, ka mak isteyen insanlar okuyoruz Baz yk ler birbirleriyle ba lant l bu da bence okuyucuya ayr bir keyif veriyor Yay mlanan di er yk lerini de en k sa zamanda okuyabilmeyi diliyorum


  10. says:

    Runaway is one of the short story collections of 2013 Nobel Prize winner, Canadian Alice Munro I listened to the book, and really liked it, though I am a white middle class, late middle aged man, and this book features white middle class Canadian particularly from Ontario women, many of them late middle aged The focus is on stories of women and girls, on relationships, sometimes with men, and the every day, in every day language They are unfussy, unpretentious, realistic literary fiction I Runaway is one of the short story collections of 2013 Nobel Prize winner, Canadian Alice Munro I listened to the book, and really liked it, though I am a white middle class, late middle aged man, and this book features white middle class Canadian particularly from Ontario women, many of them late middle aged The focus is on stories of women and girls, on relationships, sometimes with men, and the every day, in every day language They are unfussy, unpretentious, realistic literary fiction I initially had to slow down to appreciate the style, as it is so elegant and understated, and then I found myself hooked.We have stories here of mothers estranged from their daughters, of lonely women hoping for passion of some kind, stories of aging, stories of ordinary grief and madness I think my two favorite stories are the opening, title story, Runaway, and the closing story, Powers In Runaway, a young woman confides in a neighbor about her unhappy marriage, and the older woman assists in helping her escape to Toronto Here s a passage from the woman as she rides on the bus She could not picture it Herself riding on the subway or streetcar, caring for new horses, talking to new people, living among hordes of people every day who were not Clark.A life, a place, chosen for that specific reason that it would not contain Clark.The strange and terrible thing coming clear to her about that world of the future, as she now pictured it, was that she would not exist there She would only walk around, and open her mouth and speak, and do this and do that She would not really be there And what was strange about it was that she was doing all this, she was riding on this bus in the hope of recovering herself As Mrs Jamieson might say and as she herself might with satisfaction have said taking charge of her own life With nobody glowering over her, nobody s mood infecting her with misery.But what would she care about How would she know that she was alive While she was running away from him now Clark still kept his place in her life But when she was finished running away, when she just went on, what would she put in his place What else who else could ever be so vivid a challenge The story is ultimately powerfully sad we know this woman she is our neighbor, she cannot do the thing she needs to do Powers, the eighth and final story in the collection, is divided into five parts, featuring a woman, Nancy, who imagines greatness for herself but ends up marrying a guy, Wilff, she has little affection for Oops, Nancy, so much for greatness As she is preparing for her wedding, Nancy meets a woman with psychic powers, Tessa At one point Tessa correctly identifies all of the items in a guy named Ollie s pockets Ollie soon marries the remarkable and fascinating Tessa and they actually get involved in a Vaudeville act showcasing Tessa s abilities But in a later part of the story, Nancy visits Tessa in a mental hospital, where she has received electroshock treatment and can t recall her past with Ollie, whom she expects has died In another part Nancy meets Ollie, who tells her Tessa had died Nancy doesn t contradict Ollie As a much older woman, Nancy dreams of Tessa and Ollie This story has the most remarkable character, Tessa, I guess, but it is, like all the other stories, also about ordinary people living lives of quiet desperation It haunts me they haunt me


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