“Open Secrets” Alice Munro


The last story discussed here, "The Albanian Virgin", leaves the reader with a single, haunting question: which version of the events is the reader intended to believe? 1994; Penguin, 2007 Readers are left with uncertainty. Even the narrator does not weigh heavily on either side, indeed, it is

“Open Secrets” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:58:41-05:00

“The Albanian Virgin” Alice Munro


"I heard this story in the old St. Joseph’s Hospital in Victoria from Charlotte, who was the sort of friend I had in my early days there." 1994; Penguin, 2007 Claire tells the story, in turn, to readers. "In the mountains, in Maltsia e madhe, she must have tried

“The Albanian Virgin” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:47:10-05:00

“A Real Life” Alice Munro


Last week, I said that "Carried Away" feels like a quintessential Munro story to me. 1994; Penguin, 2007 Its southwestern Ontario setting. The matters of class. An up-close examination of a blatant tragedy. Some far-away ruminating on trauma of a quieter sort. A woman looking back on a

“A Real Life” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:46:45-05:00

“Carried Away” Alice Munro


Could be that "Carried Away" is my favourite Alice Munro story. 1994; Penguin, 1999 Not only because Louisa is a librarian. (But that certainly helps.) "The Librarian’s desk was in the archway between the front and back rooms. The books were on shelves set in rows in the

“Carried Away” Alice Munro2014-03-31T15:57:28-05:00
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