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Revue de presse

"One of the foremost contemporary practitioners of the short story."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Alice Munro is a born teller of tales."--The Washington Post

"Throughout this remarkable collection moments of insight flash from the pages like lightning, not necessarily providing answers--more likely showing the way to new questions."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

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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Alice Munro, who received the National Book Critics Circle Award for her latest collection of stories, The Love of a Good Woman, is widely acknowledged as a modern master of the short story. In this earlier collection, she demonstrates all of those strengths that have won her so many literary accolades.

A divorced woman returns to her childhood home where she confronts the memory of her parents' confounding yet deep bond. The accidental near-drowning of a child exposes the fragility of the trust between children and parents. A young man, remembering a terrifying childhood incident, wrestles with the responsibility he has always felt for his younger brother. In these and other stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of our times. Drawing us into the most intimate corners of ordinary lives, she reveals much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love.

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage; Édition : Reprint (12 décembre 2000)
  • Collection : Vintage International
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0375724702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375724701
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,2 x 13 x 1,7 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nouvelles 19 novembre 2013
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Chaque nouvelle est un ravissement. J'espère que l'obtention du Prix Nobel va permettre à de nombreux lecteurs de découvrir Alice Munro. Quelle maitrise de l'écriture!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Injured people, small lights of happiness. 2 septembre 1996
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Alice Munro is such a fine writer that she can take some
fifty-odd characters over the course of a story collection and
make them seem like various aspects of a complex and
sensitive personality. These stories are careful and elegant,
and writers will note Munro's idiosyncratically beautiful use
of unexpected adjectives. But even without such wonderful
writing, her stories would speak for themselves: her characters
live life directly, simply, and often painfully, and they have
more feeling than they can express. Munro does it for them. This collection includes
"The Moon in the Orange Street Skating Rink," one of the
most moving stories I can imagine. Read it and weep.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very solid introduction 31 août 2001
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Mid-period Munro, when she began in earnest to explore a talent for expansiveness. The title story is as fine as anything she's written. The final pages reap deliciously what the story's juxtaposed timelines and plots have set up. You walk away from the story shaking your head, sighing, aching. Not as fine a collection as The Moons of Jupiter, also out of the same period in her career, but still hard to beat by another writer in the medium. It seems short stories have waited for Munro for too long, and we are too privileged to be readers in her lifetime.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Genius 17 mai 2001
Par Mike Vachow - Publié sur
Alice Munro is, by my reckoning, the greatest short story writer of our time. Her collection, The Progress of Love, is ample proof. I recommend her work with trepidation to aspiring short story writers because her writing is intimidatingly exquisite. Charles Baxter or Lorrie Moore could profit from a session in the batting cage with Munro, but for most everybody else, it would be like taking your Tee-Ball Leaguer for a hitting tutorial with Ted Williams.
What's so good about Munro's writing? Foremost is her precision. The center of the short story writer's craft is economy. It's very difficult to find a word that doesn't advance both story and theme in Munro's work. The reader finds himself stopping to ponder passages not because they're opaque but because they are so powerfully rendered and so intricately woven. I've taught "Monsieur Les Deux Chapeaux" for seven years, and Ross's moment on the bridge never fails to transport me and my students. I don't expect to find an end to my thought about this moment or the story itself. It will unquestionably remain a short story by which I measure all others.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Haunting 24 septembre 2009
Par Richard Pittman - Publié sur
This was my first Alice Munro collection and I will read more. I liked the collection but perhaps Alice hasn't spun her magic on me quite like she has on others. In this collection she writes about very typical lives and slightly atypical events. Most of the stories don't really have a beginning and an end but are rather slices of lives. Munro gives strong insight into people's inner lives and thoughts.

Each story is well crafted and Munro's style is very straight forward. Most stories take place in rural Ontario with a little bit of Toronto thrown in.

I titled the review "haunting" because I came away feeling that I'd been spying on the inner thoughts of others in a portion of their every day lives.

I was particularly touched by Monsieur Les Deux Chapeaux which told the the stories of twin brothers. One is a typical man and the other is somewhat mentally challenged. Their relationship is both interesting and touching.

There are other great stories as well. I honestly needed to take a break from the book at one point and return to it after a couple of days.

Munro is an excellent writer but in totality I'm not sure if she's my cup of tea. I'll need to read more.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thesaurus exhausted of superlatives... 20 avril 2012
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To date, I've read five of Munro's collections of short stories, and have reviewed four of them, including this one. The others that are reviewed are: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose and Too Much Happiness: Stories. Each I've given my own "extra" rating of "six stars." Of the more than 600 reviews currently posted, I've reached for the extra dimensional star only 25 times. And now it will be four times for Munro; the only author for me to go "extra dimensional" more than once. Obviously, I infatuated.

Regrettably, my review cannot hope to do her justice. For me, it is the edgy intensity of her insights into the daily lives of facially very unremarkable people. Her stories twist and turn; predicting the outcome is a fool's game. There is deep clarity in the meaning of her prose, which, of course, can describe some of the complex ambiguities of the human condition. Many of her stories span a lifetime and she can pinpoint how a childhood incident affects the character when later, they are in the nursing home.

Imagine life with a given name of "Euphemia"? She is the central character in the short story that lends its title to the collection. Her mother, Marietta tried to kill herself. Marietta's sister Beryl visits, with Mr. Florence in tow. Church is part of their lives, and how much is conveyed with such details as in the after-service restaurant that they dine in, on this very special occasion (remember, way back when, going out to eat occurred on only very special occasions?) they served the mash potatoes with an ice cream scoop. Imagine your childhood home turned into hippie commune, and the man you are with jokes about the "orgies" that must have occurred in every room. 30 intense pages, of a life, with supporting characters. A takeaway at the end: "Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth the setups some people like myself have now, than they were in those old marriages, where love and grudges could be growing underground, so confused and stubborn, it must have seemed they had forever."

And what does "Lichen" really refer to in the second story? The setting is a traditional summer cottage on Lake Huron. There are the women involved in David's life, an ex-wife, a wife, a girlfriend. From the sensitive portrait of Euphemia, and the complex turns in her life, Munro goes straight to the heart of a real scumbag, in David. "Monsieur les Deux Chapeau," the third story, is Ross, a very slow-witted, perhaps retarded lover of cars. His older brother, by a year, Colin, takes care of him. Colin is married to Glenna, and their child is Lynnette. Which thread, of several, will the story follow? Is it the concern of Nancy, a French teacher, who is worried that the engine in the car Ross is re-building is too big for the crankshaft, or is it a flashback to Ross and Colin's youth, and a telling incident that defines their relationship?

And who among us parents has not had the many worries of parenthood, and fears for a child's safety? The "Miles, Montana" story involves how easily your child might drown, certainly bringing flashbacks from my more youthful parenting. "Moon at Orange Street Skating Rink" starts in youth, and sneaking into the rink without paying, and then fast forwards a half century, coming back to the town, and looking up a friend of youth who never left the small town. How and what will she remember? Tidbits, addictively enticing from a few other stories: In "Jess and Meribeth," there is the husband who was an Aussie who walked out of Burma during the war; the high school friends who split over an imaginary affair, and Jess, who studies her Dostoevsky. In "Eskimo," is the woman on the plane being abducted, and does one have an obligation to "get involved" and tell the authorities? "Circle of Prayer" deals with the reaction of teenagers to the death of a classmate in a car accident. "Queer Streak" deals with a psychotic mind, who sends her father anonymous, threatening letters.

It is the sheer range and intensity of Munro's characters, and her concise depictions of the vital details that is the ultimate strength in her writing. The Nobel Prize is still overdue. Another 6-star nudge in that direction; there is at least consistence in the repetitive evaluations.
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