Lying Under the Apple Tree (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 24 Apr 2014
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"Munro’s insight is oddly uplifting… Cruelty and self-delusion beautifully described" (William Leith Evening Standard)
"Stunning… All the stories are immaculate, but the title story is extraordinary… Read and marvel" (Kate Saunders The Times)
"Heart-stopping… Demonstrates her mastery of her craft" (Clare Wigfall Observer)
"Munro is still one of our most fearless explorers of the human being, as she descends, time and again, headlamp on full beam, pickaxe and butter-knife at the ready" (The Times)
"Munro transcends the short form" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Munro's artistry ... recalls the close attention and cool detachment of a psychoanalyst" (Times Literary Supplement)
"Munro is so good that one gropes for superlatives...(her) stories read like short novels; entire lives comprehended in a peripheral glimpse, an uncanny anticipation, a sudden intuition" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Perfect for any lucky person who has not yet discovered her, and a treat for her die-hard fans" (Psychologies)
"Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time" (Margaret Atwood)
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**
NEW SELECTED STORIES BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DEAR LIFE
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This selection from five collections covering the decade 1998-2009 displays the key aspects of her writing. On one hand, stories which are often as long as 30-40 pages, loosely plotted to allow digressions into the lives of various characters, generally lacking in suspense or dramatic endings, or pithy punchlines. On the other, very acute observation of human behaviour and empathy with their thoughts and emotions, a strong sense and apparent love of the Canadian landscape and seasons, and a deceptive rambling in stories which maintain a clear underlying purpose and momentum.
I particularly enjoyed "The Bear came over the Mountain", about a sensitive and creative woman whose Alzheimer's has become sufficiently serious for her husband to place her in a home. When she forms an attachment to another resident, is this a kind of revenge for her husband's serial infidelity? What makes this story interesting is that it is written from the husband's perspective. Although sad in places, this is too insightful and at times sharply witty to be depressing.
On a lighter note, I appreciated "Chance" about an academically inclined but uncertain young woman on the brink of her adult life and possible career, who responds to a letter from a married man she has met by chance on a train. To what extent is she choosing her fate?Read more ›
Having won many prestigious awards her name is synonymous with beautifully crafted stories of acute observations of human behaviour and emotion. This is certainly reflected in all the stories here. Each story is complete in its telling of an experience but often you are left thinking I wonder what happened next or was she/he really happy with the choices they made. Munro draws you in to people’s lives and leaves you still continuing their story in your head. I found it in turns intense, engaging and thought-provoking.
If you like stories that run at a pace with “stuff happening” you might find this book stifling or unrewarding as you have to invest time and patience in reading every sentence and absorbing the language and style which is very descriptive.
Also with this collection of stories I felt that the theme was one of overriding melancholy or tragedy throughout so if you like reading for several hours as I do, you might find the stories become a little heavy when read one after another there’s not much in the way of light-heartedness or humour.
In contrast, to compare this collection with one of my favourite authors William Trevor – his short story collection “Outside Ireland” explores everyday lives of everyday people with intimacy and complexity but he also has moments of great wit which alleviate the sadness and tragedies abounding.
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Alice Munro is in a league of her own. Although I have read some of these stories before, I can still reread them and find in them something new.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer