M - Alice Munro

Posted by Claudia Moser on 7:00 AM in , ,
This lady is among my top 3 favourite authors ever, she is simply amazing, her short stories are so well written, in my eyes it is harder to write a short story than a novel but with her work you never feel like you miss something. Her stories are round, at the end you have this amazing feeling that you either learned something or that you have discovered a new direction which brings you joy.

Alice Munro is a Canadian short-story writer, the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, a three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction, and a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize.

As you might have noticed my blog has one of her quotes always on the screen, she is very dear to me and when as an author you receive following reviews (for Too Much Happiness), you know you are succesful:

“Filled with subtle and far-reaching thematic reverberations. . . . [Munro has] an empathy so pitch-perfect. . . . You [are] drawn deftly into another world.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Alice Munro has done it again. . . . [She] keeps getting better. . . . Her brush strokes are fine, her vision encompasses humanity from its most generous to its most corrupt, and the effect is nothing short of masterful.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

“Richly detailed and dense with psychological observation. . . . Munro exhibit[s] a remarkable gift for transforming the seemingly artless into art . . . [She] concentrate[s] upon provincial, even backcountry lives, in tales of domestic tragicomedy that seem to open up, as if by magic, into wider, deeper, vaster dimensions.” —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

“A perfect 10. . . . With this collection of surprising short stories, Munro once again displays the fertility of her imagination and her craftsmanship as a writer.” —USA Today

“Daring and unpredictable. . . . Reading Munro is an intensely personal experience. Her focus is so clear and her style so precise. . . . Each [story is] dramatically and subtly different.” —The Miami Herald

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Another great woman writer and a Canadian like me. WOOHOO! I am enjoying your women writers theme.

Cattitude and Gratitude

She is an amazing author!

I love the variety of ways in which you introduce us to good books and authors, Claudia!

Another new one to me, must read some of her stories.

I'm not familiar with her work.


She sounds like a writer I would truly enjoy. I will look up her work and thanks for the introduction!

@Cat - she is simply wonderful, I re-read her work very often, it touches me anew
@Talya - couldn't agree more
@Corinne - happy you like my theme
@Paula - I am sure you will enjoy yhem
@Joyce - there are so many amazing authors out there ...
@Amy - welcome!

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"A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you."
by Alice Munro

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