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The Love of a Good Woman (1998)

por Alice Munro

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An anthology of stories probing the human psyche. In the title story, a woman prepares to put her life on the line to get a man. She will confront him with a murder he committed, at which point he might kill her, but if he doesn't she will have him in her power.
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Once again I find Munro to be sort of infuriatingly slow to read. It took me several weeks to get through this collection. Her prose is precise to the point at times almost of tedium, and yet her precision is also somehow effortless and right. So I find the stories simultaneously hard to get through and awfully engaging. It's obvious to me that she's a good writer, but I can't say that I find her writing inspiring. My favorite authors tend to be the ones who make me want to write my own work, and Munro does not have this effect on me. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
My applause for this 1998 collection of eight stories is lost in the mass exultations from the arena - those who have long known of Munro's terrific skill. I'll simply say that all eight stories I found enjoyable; the title -and lead - story is my favorite here. Munro explores the complexities of human emotions, their inner lives, secrets and regrets, in a clearly evinced way. Several of these stories make rather complex journeys toward the truth. Besides the anchor novella/story, another that stands out is "Save The Reaper", from The New Yorker -1998, in which a mildly distressed grandmother takes a ride into a gothic, menacing place suggestive of Flannery O'Connor, before the story resurfaces into a slightly more reputable atmosphere.

Oh yes, I'll be revisiting her, sooner than later. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Apr 24, 2019 |
This is a collection of short stories. All of them are set in Canada, often in small towns or summer cottages, most of them in the 1950s or 60s, and feature love and sex, affairs and babies, and people who sometimes feel almost painfully realistic.

The title story was actually the first thing of Alice Munro's I ever read, in some anthology or other, and I was immediately impressed by it, particularly by all the tiny little details that simultaneously seemed so true to familiar human experience and so utterly original. What strikes me now, having read the rest of the stories in this collection, is how often Munro provides us with these deft little details while simultaneously leaving the big emotional stuff that's actually at the heart of the story mostly implicit and hinted at. This doesn't always entirely work for me; there are pieces in here that I find a little unsatisfying, no matter how well-written they are. But when it works, it really works.

Rating: I'm giving this one a 4/5, but the best stories definitely rate higher than that. ( )
1 vote bragan | Mar 20, 2019 |
As this book is a collection of short stories, it is hard to give this book an overall rating. These four stars are an average between two and five. Some stories left you wondering what was their point at all and feel "undertold", while others have truly touched me. I especially enjoyed descriptions of Vancouver before I knew it. She has truly captured the spirit of that city!

Overall, once you get used to Munro's disordered "life snpashots" style, the stories are very enjoyable if a bit repetitive by the end. Not sure if I will ever pick up another Munro book but I am definitely glad that I have read this one. ( )
  Firewild | Jan 3, 2019 |
Another brilliant short-story collection (the fifth by Munro that I've read). More insights into the home-life of everyday Canadian small-town folk (optometrists, abortionists, murderers, librarians, adulterers, amateur actors, etc.). As usual, each story quietly does something new and outrageous to overturn our ideas of how a short story should work. Munro cavalierly advances time by twenty or thirty years, or shifts to a different viewpoint character, just when we're expecting a big reveal. Or we go backwards towards a piece of information that Munro then decides not to give us after all. Great fun!

The title story, especially, is a tour de force in which we are primed in the opening paragraphs to take an interest in a sudden death, but then determinedly led away from it to follow various characters who don't seem to have anything to do with the matter, but tell us a remarkable amount about the workings of small-town society in the fifties. And a beautifully obscure ending that makes you slam on the brakes and rewind the story in your mind to sort out what was really going on all along. ( )
1 vote thorold | Nov 2, 2017 |
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An anthology of stories probing the human psyche. In the title story, a woman prepares to put her life on the line to get a man. She will confront him with a murder he committed, at which point he might kill her, but if he doesn't she will have him in her power.

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