The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

Alice Munro mines her rich family background, melding it with her own experiences and the transforming power of her brilliant imagination, to create perhaps her most powerful and personal collection yet.

 

A young boy, taken to Edinburgh’s Castle Rock to look across the sea to America, catches a glimpse of his father’s dream. Scottish immigrants experience love and loss on a journey that leads them to rural Ontario. Wives, mothers, fathers, and children move through uncertainty, ambivalence, and contemplation in these stories of hopes, adversity, and wonder. The View from Castle Rock reveals what is most essential in Munro’s art: her compassionate understanding of ordinary lives.




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About Alice Munro

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Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published twelve collections of stories and two volumes of selected stories, as well as a novel. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England's W. H. Smith Literary Award, the United States' National Book Critics Circle Award, the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. Alice Munro lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.
 
Published November 7, 2006 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The beauty of Munro's writing is greatly enhanced by audio. Farr is a fine reader in every respect but one—her precise pronunciation of each syllable of every word is often distracting an

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The New York Times

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Alice Munro is a short-story writer of unsurpassable distinctions.

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The Guardian

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The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro 352pp, Chatto & Windus, £15.99 The Canadian writer Alice Munro had a Scottish ancestor called Margaret Laidlaw Hogg, "famous locally for the number of verses she carried in her head".

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The Guardian

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The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro Chatto and Windus £15.99, pp351 Reading some of these stories gives the feeling of wearing unfamiliar bifocals, needing to angle the head awkwardly so as to bring the fields of vision into alignment.

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Publishers Weekly

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The beauty of Munro's writing is greatly enhanced by audio.

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BC Books

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This story fits, like another chapter, into one of Munro’s best stories, “The Beggar Maid,” showing the steady feeling of unease that creeps over the soon-to-be bride who is not sure her new life is exactly what she wants.

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Book Reporter

These 12 stories --- including the epilogue's sole story entitled "Messenger" --- are slight variations and half-true fabrications of actual events that took place over the last few centuries on one side of her family's history.

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Entertainment Weekly

Alice Munro's 12-story collection The View From Castle Rock is pitched as ''more personal than any she's written before,'' but that's just hogwash.

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BookPage

By the time Munro, or a version of herself, shows up, the Laidlaws are still poor and unimportant, and ambivalence rules.Munro's narrator is a girl much like the young heroines of her short stories: restless, too smart for her own good and a little self-absorbed.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The two parts of this collection, "No Advantages" and "Home," contain personal stories as well as pieces Munro labels as fiction.

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Project MUSE

If the immigrants see in the landscape their freedom from oppressive Old-World class constraints, their descendant Munro learns a humiliating lesson about the extent to which those constraints endure: during her teenage stint as a maid for a wealthy family at their cottage on Georgian Bay, the or...

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Spectator Book Club

When the chronicle moves forward to the 1940s and 1950s and to Munro’s real memories we rediscover the apparently effortless prose writer we know from earlier stories, as well as many familiar themes: her father’s fox farm, her mother’s illness, those friends of her youth who furnished her with a...

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