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Dance Of The Happy Shades [Kindle Edition]

Alice Munro
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"The finest writer of short stories working in the English language today" The Times "The greatest living short story writer" -- A. S. Byatt Sunday Times "A remarkable writer whose major characters emerge in shining clarity... A major talent is at work here" Los Angeles Times "Munro's power of analysis, of sensations and thoughts is almost Proustian in its sureness" New Statesman "Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last" Observer


**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

Alice Munro's first collection of short stories explores the lives of ordinary people in semi-rural Canada with the skill and sensitivity that have since become the hallmarks of her writing.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 516 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Digital; Auflage: New Ed (21. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FZ08B5Q
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Alice Munro, die 1931 in Ontario geboren ist, sagt, dass der Band "Liebes Leben" ihr letzter gewesen sein wird, und sie mit dem Schreiben aufhört. Hoffen wir, dass das nicht stimmt. Für "Liebes Leben" erhielt sie den Trillium Book Award. 2009 wurde sie mit dem Man Booker Prize ausgezeichnet. Alice Munro gehört zu den bedeutendsten Autorinnen der Gegenwart und lebt in Ontario und in British Columbia.

2013 wurde sie mit dem Nobelpreis für Literatur ausgezeichnet.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The ordinary stories, the import meanings 6. September 2014
Von Evelyn
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I decided to buy books by Alice Munro, when I read a Chinese article mentioning about how great her stories are. Honestly speaking, as I started to read the first story, I got quite disappointed. The stories seem so far away from our daily life. I used to read stories quite familiar to me like those by Jojo Moyes. Munro's storeis, as stated by Sunday Times 'are about the farms and semi-rural towns, dealing with the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow existence'. 'Walker Brothers Cowboy', 'The Shining Houses' and 'Images' are all about the old-age farmland, which is quite difficult for the modern people to catch the scene and to understand its meaning, above all, the kind of languages she used to write is more like a farmers talking slans.

Nevertheless, I finished reading the first story of hers despite the kind of language she used. It made me starte to think and to think over. The whole story seems then make sense. It is like a tedious story but meaningful. It describes how life changes a man's as well as a woman's life. How grownups try their bests to support the family and to lead a life of their own.

As Munro wrote mostly only short stores, those stores are good for bed time, mentioned by others. I took the book to my bedroom. 'The shining houses', the second story, seems just a description of how people in a small village dealing with strange neighbors. However in the end it shows how the narrator does care about the life of her neighbors. The life is not just about themselves, the life is also about the wish of the neighbors. Sadly some of them only cares about their own. Munro didn't give us this lesson, but reading her story, we do get that.

With thoese hidling meanings, I started to like reading her stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Die beste Lektuere seit langem 22. Juli 2014
Von KH Sutter
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Alice Munro ist eine Meisterin im Erzaehlen, es ist einfach ein Lesevergnuegen, bei dem man in die Geschichte eintaucht und erst wieder zurueckkommt wenn man das Buch zuklappt. Die Autorin erzaehlt mit einer Leichtigkeit, die dem Titel des Buches entspricht.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Literatur 9. August 2014
Von G. M.
... ist ja auch viel Geschmacksache. Alice Munro hat mich interessiert - und das Buch ist ein richtiges Buch - aus Papier, mit numerierten Seiten, bedruckt mit all den Geschichten, die angekündigt waren - einfach toll!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intimate and Touching 26. Januar 2001
Von Warrick Wynne - Veröffentlicht auf
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen You're in Luck! 23. Oktober 2006
Von Giordano Bruno - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unabashed joy for an unabashed fan! 4. März 2007
Von Steven W. Mccornack - Veröffentlicht auf
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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Introduction to the Author's Early Career, and A Lot of Her Best Work 9. März 2011
Von Reader in Tokyo - Veröffentlicht auf
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.
4.0 von 5 Sternen One of her best! 6. Juni 2014
Von Kenneth R. Jurek - Veröffentlicht auf
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You cannot go wrong with Alice Munro's short stories. Realistic, dreamy, fantastic, simple, complex - her stories are all that and more.
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