Munro's stories have the ability to remain long in reader's memory....,
This review is from: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Mass Market Paperback)
"Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" by Alice Munro, this year's Nobel Prize laureate for literature, is the tenth story collection author created that in the form of a short story manages to say more about life and people than most of the authors in the whole novel.
Her last collection is made of nine stories in which author using her distinct writing style once again succeeds to compel reader on thinking about own life, about the mistakes we make, about the melancholy of her characters' lives. And our own.
Munro is skillful writer who knows how to do with words, and her stories, rarely larger than 30 pages, seem like compressed novels due to her ability to show whole pictures with a sentence or two full of well-chosen words.
Her stories seem much simpler than they are really, due to her skill to look at one's whole life through small details that mark it.
They are not necessarily sad, though they are even less happy, because there are lots of shades of sadness, just like Tolstoy said that all happy families are similar one to another, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The stories are short but, it's not easy to say what their exact theme is, though motif that runs through all of them is love that is shown how it arises. Or disappear.
Alice Munro with this collection as with all previous succeeded getting reader to think more about themselves than about the characters of her stories, they only serve as personification of reader thoughts, doubts and disappointments.
And due to that fact it's not strange that reader will feel fully drawn into her world because her world is our world, full of (unfulfilled) dreams, illusions and hopes.
Alice Munro's stories have the ability to remain long in reader's memory and for this reason, as well as all of the above-mentioned, this story collection is worth the time reader spend on its reading.