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Alice Munro
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6 May 2004

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

The characters who populate an Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare the unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129116626
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129116628
  • ASIN: 0099458365
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"Only a few writers continue to create those full-bodied miniature universes of the old school. Some of her short stories are so ample and fulfilling that they feel like novels. They present whole landscapes and cultures, who families of characters" (Anne Tyler)

"The writer's questioning memory gives us sharp flashes of reality that are so vividly recalled they permit us to live another life for a moment." (Publishers Weekly)

"Witty, subtle, passionate, The Moons of Jupiter is exceptionally knowledgeable about the content and movement - the entanglements and entailments - of individual human feeling. And the knowledge it offers can't be looked up elsewhere" (New York Times)

"Munro is in a class of her own.... No other writer working today is able to invest the humble story with more power, grace or breadth.... Munro has been compared to Chekhov... She has the haunting lyricism and the indulgent wisdom to qualify." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

'Witty, subtle, passionate, The Moons of Jupiter is exceptionally knowledgeable about the content and movement - the entanglements and entailments - of individual human feeling. And the knowledge it offers can't be looked up elsewhere' New York Times


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The moons of Jupiter 9 Dec 2013
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The usual series of superb short stories from Alice Munro. This was downloaded to my Kindle. So far it works OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I nominate Munro for the Nobel Prize 19 Oct 2006
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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I won't tell you what to look for or how to feel when you read Alice Munro. If you've never encountered her before, The Moons of Jupiter is the best place to start, early Munro at the height of her evocative powers. Don't turn to the Selected Stories first. Each of Munro's books is a suite of stories, interlocking in themes and often in characters, on the model of a sonata, a suite of musical movements. The experience of reading the whole suite is more powerful than the sum of the separate stories. Perhaps the story-suite is the successor to the floundering form of the modern novel.

By the way, Munro is admittedly a woman writng about women for women to read, but I'm an outdoors guy, a baseball fan, a weight-lifter, and at least until my son was born something of a rascal, despite all of which I rank Alice Munro very high among my favorite fiction writers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars provides great perspectives to the perplexities of everyday 13 Mar 1999
By Christina (gretna.sky@nbn.net) - Published on Amazon.com
In The Moons of Jupiter, Munro clearly reveals the universal perplexities of our everyday lives. The characters have a rich realness to them and must be commended for their candid honesty. The strength of this book lies in Munro's ability to create a genuine perspective in which the reader has no choice than to become emotionally connected to the characters. I enjoyed these stories because there are many "grey areas" in which the reader must rely on his own experiences to draw conclusions. There are no definative endings to these stories. They are written in such a way that there is often a fine line between hope and despondence; only the reader's morals and values can recognize one from the other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Suspense; Just Interesting Character Pieces 30 Aug 2013
By David A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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As usual, Ms. Munro tells these stories of small town characters of past decades with customary people and their emotions in mind. I enjoy reading about what people think and do without the crimes and warring so prevalent in much literature. These stories calm and entertain me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three dimensional women, men not so much 29 April 2013
By Philastein - Published on Amazon.com
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What an amazing writer! She captures the complexities, insecurities and emotional ambiguities of women's internal lives. Men seem to be more mysterious, inscrutable and mono-dimensional in these tales. The stories are artfully written. They are a pleasure to read. A great choice for book club discussions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great early Munro 8 Nov 2013
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These relatively early Alice Munro stories are the best I've read and I am a real fan owning four of her last short story collections in hardback. Although in her last collection she mentions that several stories there are the most "personal," I find the the early stories in the book like "Chaddley's and the Flemings" and "Dulse" to the most emotionally involving of any of the many I've read. Highly recommend to any lovers of the well honed short story
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