Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

In the past I have avoided short stories. I feel unsatisfied by them; I just get interested in a plot or attached to some characters, and it's over. But I've been reading about Munro for years, and about how wonderful her writing is, and I finally decided to try this.

Everything I have heard and read is true. Her writing is beautiful, and her situations are fascinating in their subtlety and power. This was a really great book. I feel like I've got a treat in store now, because she's written several other books, so I have those to look forward to.

And this has inspired me to revisit some short story collections that I had skipped in the past.

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Margo Baxter said...

what's this book about? is it a romance novel? i want to hear more about your thoughts on alice munro once you read more of her books.

Becky Holmes said...

This book is not a romance novel. It has no single plot, because each short story is different, but there are some general similarities: Most of the stories take place in rural Canada during the 1940s through the 1970s, and most of them deal with some transformative experience in a young woman's life.

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