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Too Much Happiness: Stories by Alice Munro

Too Much Happiness: Stories (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Alice Munro

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Title:Too Much Happiness: Stories
Authors:Alice Munro
Info:Knopf (2009), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (2009)


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I love Alice Monroe, but this collection was not as tight or finely honed as I would have liked. It rambled a bit. There were a lot of loose strings. She's done better. Still, she is a powerful story teller and an exceptional, beautiful writer, so it's worth reading. Any other writer would have gotten at least four stars for this collection, but I expect more of AM. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
People experience things everyday that are more extreme, more upsetting, than others can imagine. Trauma, tragedy, death. Mistreatment from others or ourselves. Alice Munro has written these things. The way the body and the psyche react to the extreme. Losing a spouse, a close brush with death at the hand of a robber, rape and abuse. But she has written in a way that is, though uncomfortable at times, still beautiful. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Erg mooie, redelijke lange korte verhalen van Alice Munro. Elk verhaal is verrassend en smaakt naar meer. Het laatste verhaal, over een Russische wiskundige (vrouw) is indrukwekkend, heel mooi dat zo veel gezegd kan worden in zo weinig woorden. Smaakt naar meer. ( )
  elsmvst | Feb 19, 2014 |
Like all short story anthologies -- even those from the masters -- I loved some of these stories and couldn't get into others. This says as much about me as about the stories, of course. ( )
  LynleyS | Feb 8, 2014 |
i heart Munro
  Caitdub | Oct 24, 2013 |
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The Germans must have a term for it. Doppel­gedanken, perhaps: the sensation, when reading, that your own mind is giving birth to the words as they appear on the page. Such is the ego that in these rare instances you wonder, “How could the author have known what I was thinking?” Of course, what has happened isn’t this at all, though it’s no less astonishing. Rather, you’ve been drawn so deftly into another world that you’re breathing with someone else’s rhythms, seeing someone else’s visions as your own.

One of the pleasures of reading Alice Munro derives from her ability to impart this sensation. It’s the sort of gift that requires enormous modesty on the part of the writer, who must shun pyrotechnics for something less flashy: an empathy so pitch-­perfect as to be nearly undetectable. But it’s most arresting in the hands of a writer who isn’t too modest — one possessed of a fearless, at times, fearsome, ambition.
added by zhejw | editNew York Times, Leah Hager Coen (Nov 27, 2009)
Alice Munro knows women. Yes, she’s a genius with words no matter what the subject, evoking lives rich with secret horrors, but it’s her skill at articulating the nuances of the female experience that makes one gasp with the shock of recognition. This collection, set mostly in classic Munro territory—out-of-the-way places around Ontario—boasts as many of these illuminating moments as her other books.
added by Shortride | editThe Atlantic (Nov 1, 2009)
Munro said in her acceptance speech for the Man Booker International Prize, which she was awarded earlier this year, cementing the wide acclaim she now commands, that she is interested not in happy endings but in “meaning… resonance, some strange beauty on the shimmer of the sea”. This remarkable collection certainly captures that – and more of a sense of happiness than might at first seem possible.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2009: "She hated to hear the word 'escape' used about fiction. She might have argued, not just playfully, that it was real life that was the escape. But this was too important to argue about." Taken from a story called "Free Radicals," this line may be the best way to think about the lives unfolding in Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness. Real life assaults her central characters rather brutally--in the forms of murder and madness, death, divorce, and all manner of deceptions--but they respond with a poise and clarity of thought that's disarming--sometimes, even nonchalant--when you consider their circumstances. Her women move through life, wearing their scars but not so much wearied by them, profoundly intelligent, but also inordinately tender and thoughtful. There's more fact than fiction to these stories, rich in quiet, precise details that make for a beautiful, bewildering read. --Anne Bartholomew

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Nine new short works include the stories of a grieving mother who is aided by a surprising source, a woman's response to a humiliating seduction, and a nineteenth-century Russian emigre's winter journey to the Riviera.

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