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Praise from fellow writers:

“Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does.” —Jhumpa Lahiri

“She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion.” —Jonthan Franzen

“The authority she brings to the page is just lovely.” —Elizabeth Strout

“She’s the most savage writer I’ve ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive.” —Jeffery Eugenides

“Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can.”—Julian Barnes

“She is a short-story writer who…reimagined what a story can do.” —Loorie Moore

“There’s probably no one alive who’s better at the craft of the short story.” —Jim Shepard

“A true master of the form.” —Salman Rushdie

“A wonderful writer.” —Joyce Carol Oates

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In these fifteen short stories--her eighth collection of short stories in a long and distinguished career--Alice Munro conjures ordinary lives with an extraordinary vision, displaying the remarkable talent for which she is now widely celebrated. Set on farms, by river marshes, in the lonely towns and new suburbs of western Ontario, these tales are luminous acts of attention to those vivid moments when revelation emerges from the layers of experience that lie behind even the most everyday events and lives.

"Virtuosity, elemental command, incisive like a diamond, remarkable: all these descriptions fit Alice Munro."--Christian Science Monitor

"How does one know when one is in the grip of art--of a major talent?....It is art that speaks from the pages of Alice Munro's stories."--Wall Street Journal

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  • Broché: 240 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage (11 août 1998)
  • Collection : Vintage Contemporaries
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 067978151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679781516
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,1 x 1,7 x 20,3 cm
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6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Vignaut le 14 mai 2014
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Je ne connaissais pas du tout Alice Munro. Bonne surprise. Les nouvelles sont agréables à lire. Le style est intéressant. Les histoires emportent le lecteur dans un cadre typiquement canadien d'une époque révolue et les protagonistes sont attachants ... ou pas. J'ai apprécié cette lecture. La dimension psychologique de l'oeuvre via la description physique des personnages et des faits isolés propres à leur vécu m'a beaucoup plu. Si peu de mots, mais tant d'émotions ressenties!
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par NOWAK Marion le 18 juillet 2014
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Je ne connaissais pas Alice Munro avant. Ce recueil de nouvelles est formidable. Les premières pages peuvent laisser penser que les nouvelles ne seront pas palpitantes mais elles sont très prenantes.
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Par EloZ le 2 août 2014
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Ne suis pas fan des nouvelles, mais elles sont bien écrites et la psychologie des personnages intéressante. Accessible en VO avec anglais correct.
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Intimate and Touching 26 janvier 2001
Par Warrick Wynne - Publié sur
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I hadnt read much Alice Munro before but I was very impressed with this collection of stories. There's a wonderful understatement about the entire collection, but each story resonates with its own life and people. I loved the melancholy and moody landscapes, the other-worlds of women and children mainly on farms and villages.
I think good stories create their own unique life; after all, why else would we care about characters who we meet and get to know so briefly? But we DO care about the characters; somehow they matter and though nothing is resolved sometimes, somehow everything has changed. The ordinary transformed.
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You're in Luck! 23 octobre 2006
Par Giordano Bruno - Publié sur
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If you haven't read Alice Munro before, you're in luck! you have some ten volumes of the best writing in English to select from! This collection includes some of Munro's earliest stories, at least as early as 1968, and one of her best known, "The Red Dress". It's a good starting place. If you've already read Munro's later story-suites, such as Runaway, then you'll be intrigued to find a less distinctive but equally crafty word-artist in Happy Shades. The stories in this collection are less interpenetrating, less like a novel in the form of a suite, than in other collections, but that's not a flaw, just a difference. One story (I won't declare which) ranks in my mind as a classic equal to any in English. If a short-story writer is ever to win the Nobel Prize, in my opinion it should be Alice Munro.
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Unabashed joy for an unabashed fan! 4 mars 2007
Par Steven W. Mccornack - Publié sur
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If I could write a letter to Ms Munro, it would simply say...thank you for sharing your gift, and then probably, quit reading your fan mail and write some more short stories! Munro's gift is to make the simplest tale accessible to every reader, and whatever twists and turns she may take you on, your brain in sheer delight will exclaim..."of course!" She is capable of making the most isolated 1930's farm come alive to modern urban condo dwellers. Like a Rosetta stone of feeling and emotion, she allows the readers to inhabit the characters fully, regardless of gender or personality or circumstance. This collection is further evidence and testament to that gift, and of that genius. Write on, Ms Munro, write on!
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Good Introduction to the Author's Early Career, and A Lot of Her Best Work 9 mars 2011
Par Reader in Tokyo - Publié sur
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This book came out in 1968 and contained 15 short stories. It was the first of the 12 or so collections of short works Munro has published to date.

The stories here were set in farmlands or small towns, presumably in Ontario's back country. The collection showed a range of narrative voices: in the first person by girls, although it was clear the narrators were adults and recalling events from childhood; by adult women, married or unmarried; and even a teenage boy. And in the third person, either omniscient or following the viewpoint of a woman or girl. Eleven of the pieces were written in the first person, and for me these were where the author's work was most memorable, particularly when she was speaking through the girls, recalling the past.

Examples included "Boys and Girls," in which the narrator recalled, amid a description of her farming childhood, a growing awareness of differences in the expectations for each sex; sensitivity was allowed only for girls, and not necessarily approved even then. And "Walker Brothers Cowboy," in which the narrator recalled a visit with her traveling salesman father to the father's old flame, with much emotion apparent but left unexpressed. For me, these were the standouts. Other stories covered a narrator's attending a school dance, a piano recital, and the first experience with alcohol.

What I enjoyed most in the pieces was the sensitivity to the passing of time; the strong moral sense, understated but present, as in the title story; attention to the complexities of family ties and girls' experience; a sharp ear for the way people speak; and a strong feeling for small-town life, which wouldn't be out of place in the American South. Where people knew everyone else's business, and a highlight for children was to visit the local pond or play in the cemetery. Even down to the "soft-drink bottling plant, some new ranch-style houses and a Tastee-Freez." Where men spoke as little as possible, when they weren't raising hell or playing practical jokes on each other, and women shared their emotional lives mainly with other women. One thing that felt left out was any reference to church as the center of the older women's social lives.

It was remarkable in these stories how remote the world of the women -- the main focus -- was from that of the men; after early childhood, their paths didn't often appear to intersect. Some of the stories contained families where the fathers or husbands were absent. On the other hand, mothers were frequently distant, sick and troublesome, while fathers were humorous, good with people and admired.

Besides the fathers in some of the stories, few indeed of the male characters were prominent or likeable. In some of the longer stories, the narrator's memories and descriptions seemed to go on and on; it was more of an effort to finish the last few. But even the least interesting of these often contained something striking.

The stories in the present collection were written between the mid-/late 1950s and 1968. In the pieces, there were occasional flashes forward and backward, but they were brief and the stories were mostly linear. Compared to works published later in the author's career, there was an absence of multiple story lines or extended jumps back and forth in time. Nor was there any questioning of a narrator's early memories, or mixing of third- and first-person narratives. Or anything focused on a narrator's partner and children, or set outside the back country or before the author's lifetime. Yet with a few exceptions, it was the stories in this early volume -- much less elaborate than the author's stories in later collections -- that were the most moving for this reader.
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A Perfect Christmas Gift 7 décembre 2013
Par Deerpath - Publié sur
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"Dance of the Happy Shades: And Other Stories" is Alice Munro's first book of short stories published in the year 1968, and it established her as a top writer. She is one of the major voices of Canada, especially with her focus on the communities and farms of southwestern Ontario. With her regional study in her fiction, she reaches out to express all human life in all space and in all time. She definitely deserved the honour of winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2013. From her book "Dance of the Happy Shades: And Other Stories," I have taught her short story "Boys and Girls" at least ten times. My students and I have dearly loved this story about the growth in awareness of the girl narrator. I have also read the other stories in the volume, and particularly like her short story "Thanks for the Ride." It mirrors young people's lives from the ages of sixteen to twenty so very well. I gave "Dance of the Happy Shades: And Other Stories" to my nephew, who is eighteen years old and a freshman at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, U.S.A., for a Christmas gift this year 2013. I know that he will really enjoy reading this first book by Alice Munro, this year's Nobel Laureate. Thank you for shipping it to my nephew, now in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A. It arrived in perfect condition. I am so very glad to give him this book for Chistmas.
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