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Old 10-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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And the Nobel prize for literature 2013...

..goes to Alice Munro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Munro

Press release in English http://nobel.svenskaakademien.se/press_en.html

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Great news!

Congratulations to Alice Munro.
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Hmmm.......

I keep trying to read her work and it just doesn't connect with me...
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:29 AM   #4
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Never heard of her.
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She's known for her short stories and she's written since the 60's.
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Never heard of her.
That doesn't surprise me. When I moved from the US to Canada 13 years ago, I discovered some amazing authors I had never heard of when I lived in the states. I had actually read Alice Munro and a few others when I lived "down south" but wow, it was terrific to have a whole country's worth of lit to discover.
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Never heard of her.

One of the best short story writers in the world.




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Any recommendations? I just ordered on collection but if there are folks who have a favorite book (collection of her short stories) please share them. She has written quite a bit.

Thanks in advance.
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Any recommendations? I just ordered on collection but if there are folks who have a favorite book (collection of her short stories) please share them. She has written quite a bit.

Thanks in advance.

One heartbreaking and beautiful story (about Alzheimer's Disease) is the slim volume (about 70-odd pages), titled "Away From Her." (This was also made into a film, which I have not seen.)

The story above is apparently in the collection published by Everyman's Library, and is titled "Carried Away- A Selection of Stories," but I don't own that volume in any form. I don't know if it's available as an ebook or not.

Another volume, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories," is a wonderful collection of short stories.

Really, all her books that I've read are beautiful gems of literary fiction.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of her short story collections. They're currently expensive, however, and are in the price range pushing $10.00 - but worth it if you enjoy the best of contempory, literary fiction.



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Also a good place to start is Lives of Girls and Women. While it is a collection of short stories, it reads like a novel.
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Better than Harlan Ellison?
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Ellison's a wanker....
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Ellison's a wanker....
Maybe so, but he has a tremendous body of superb work behind him...
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Better than Harlan Ellison?

I'll take your question seriously, since you have no smileys attached.

I enjoy reading Ellison's work, although I often find his fiction less than profound. As a genre writer, he is excellent; but as a literary writer, he only rarely rises above the ghetto of genre fiction, which is probably true of all fiction anyway.

As far as what I know about the man, my knowledge only goes as far as what I hear on the internet, in that he appears to be a real ass and has been dying for the past few years. (Aren't we all.)

Alice Munro is a serious literary writer, and is much admired for her work. I admire her greatly, which is the reason I collect her books.



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Many of her short stories have been published by The New Yorker over the years. You can access them via their website and quite a few don't require a subscription.

ETA: Sorry, tapatalk crashed. Here' s a link to The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/search?sort...uery=&rows=10&

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