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The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose [Paperback]

Alice Munro
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6 May 2004

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

Born into the back streets of a small Canadian town, Rose battled incessantly with her practical and shrewd stepmother, Flo, who cowed her with tales of her own past and warnings of the dangerous world outside. But Rose was ambitious - she won a scholarship and left for Toronto where she married Patrick. She was his Beggar Maid, 'meek and voluptuous, with her shy white feet', and he was her knight, content to sit and adore her.

Alice Munro's wonderful collection of stories reads like a novel following Rose's life as she moves away from her impoverished roots and forges her own path in the world.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099458357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099458357
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The stories are absolutely wonderful...every word she writes is interesting" (Alice Adams)

"She has a touch of genius" (Mail on Sunday)

"The best stories of the year" (The Nation)

"A work of great brilliance and depth- Munro's power of analysis, of sensations and thoughts, is almost Proustian in its sureness" (New Statesman)

"Alice Munro captures a kaleidoscope of lights and depths-she manages to reproduce the vibrant practice of life while scrutinizing the workings of her own narrative art-an exhilarating collection" (New York Times)

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**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

'The greatest living short story writer' A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars learning to read 24 Sep 2007
Hard to believe this hasn't been reviewed here before. A set of linked short stories about quiet lives and ordinary enough people. It's the manner of telling which is astonishing: tiny material details (objects and scenes) interlaced with the most subtle movements of the characters' minds and feelings. If you've read William Trevor's stories, you'll know the kind of thing. It's more intricate than Trevor, though, more dense. And fuller than the pared-down style of Chekhov and Joyce, two of the great originals. The Beggar Maid is a slow, very still read, since each paragraph is subtly freighted, and you have to get so close in to the sentences, the effect is almost hallucinatory. When 'events' occur, they register in a shocking way. An amazing experience in reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzled again... 3 Feb 2012
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
Alice Munro is an addiction. My wife might have put her finger on the essence of the matter: "You like her so much because her stories are like Leonard Cohen songs." Well, maybe. I leave it for the academic types to discern a fundamental Canadian thread linking the two for a PhD thesis. Fortunately, I am well beyond such possibilities or inclinations, and simply enjoy her beautifully expressed deep, deep insights into the human condition and relationships.

I recently read and reviewed her latest work Too Much Happiness, and felt it appropriate to read this collection, which is one of her earlier works, and which propelled her to deserved literary acclaim. The collection was written and published in the late `70's, and came out in Canada under the title of the last story "Who do you think you are?" while in the USA one of the middle stories was selected as the title: "The Beggar Maid." Unlike some other collections, all these stories are linked by the two principal characters: the step-mother, Flo, and the daughter, Rose. Each story is self-sufficient, and delivers a novel's worth of insights. A secular Decalogue.

Rose's mother dies early in the first story, of a blood clot on the lung. Her father soon thereafter marries Flo. They live "on the wrong side of the bridge" in a small village in Western Ontario. They run a small store from their home, and time and time again Munro provides the telling rich details of lower middle class life. In a much later story, "Simon's luck," Munro embeds what seems to be her own technique into the tale: "...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are these short stories or is it a novel? 17 Mar 2014
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Not quite what I had expected of short stories though each story could be read separately from the others. Not all the situations wholly credible.
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