Carried Away

Carried Away

A Personal Selection of Stories

Book - 2006
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Carried Away is a dazzling selection of stories-seventeen favorites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. With an Introduction by Margaret Atwood.

Alice Munro has been repeatedly hailed as one of our greatest living writers, a reputation that has been growing for years. The stories brought together here span a quarter century, drawn from some of her earliest books, The Beggar Maid and The Moons of Jupiter, through her recent best-selling collection, Runaway.

Here are such favorites as "Royal Beatings" in which a young girl, her father, and stepmother release the tension of their circumstances in a ritual of punishment and reconciliation; "Friend of My Youth" in which a woman comes to understand that her difficult mother is not so very different from herself; and "The Albanian Virgin," a romantic tale of capture and escape in Central Europe that may or may not be true but that nevertheless comforts the hearer, who is on a desperate adventure of her own.

Munro's incomparable empathy for her characters, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction. Like the World War I soldier in the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesn't know change her life forever, Munro's unassuming characters insinuate themselves in our hearts and take permanent hold.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2006.
ISBN: 9780307264862
Characteristics: xxxv, 559 pages ;,22 cm.


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Mar 09, 2014

I think I've finally figured out something about Alice Munro. I have felt thrown off each time I start a new story. I think it must be because I subconsciously expect each new story to be simply a new chapter and a continuation from the previous one. I can see how having weeks between readings, as would have happened when her stories were published in the New Yorker, would set each story apart, separate them. It could also be, therefore, that I should buy one of her collections so I could read one story a month, or so.

Aside from that little hiccup, I'm rather enjoying reading Canada's latest Nobel Laureate.

MARY C MCELROY Oct 18, 2013

has Royal Beatings; Bear Came Over the Mtn; Friend of my Youth (missing "Amundsen"

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