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Open Secrets (1994)

by Alice Munro

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Eight stories whose protagonists are women. The story, Carried Away, is on a librarian's romance with a World War I soldier who on his return marries another. The soldier is killed in a factory accident and the librarian marries the factory owner. Another story, An Albanian Virgin, is on a bag lady kidnaped by tribesmen in her youth. By the author of Friend of My Youth.… (more)
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Brilliant short stories by Munro that dive into the phsyche of the different protagonists, all women based around (or with some history relating to) the Carstairs area of Canada. Skillfully written by Munro, each story develops character and setting immediately and concisely, giving different character threads in each story and as a result showing several sides to each event.

Vandals, based around a couple who live 'off the grid' in a forest area, and The Albanian Virgin, that intersects an old woman's early life with a young bookshop owner, are particular favourites. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
Damn you Alice Munro. Your stories are the work of a misery guts. And I stick to my feeling that these are not short stories. They are shrivelled up novels, like you can’t be bothered with filling in the details. An impressionistic dab here, a by-your-leave reference there and chunks of life are presumed to have substance. Not enough words for how much are in them. Never mind the movie, most of these stories could fill a mini-series or a BBC serial, the ones they used to do that never seemed to end.


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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Carried Away - 5
A Real Life - 3
The Albanian Virgin - 4
Open Secrets - 2
The Jack Randa Hotel - 3
A Wilderness Station - 4
Spaceships Have Landed - 3
Vandals - 5
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  proteaprince | Dec 18, 2019 |
i enjoyed this one less than others. stories were very long and i had trouble remembering where i was. ( )
  mahallett | Oct 13, 2018 |
Non è facile...

...parlare dei libri di Alice Munro. Sono racconti che hanno come protagoniste figure femminili, che più si va avanti, più si scopre che il filo conduttore è l'ambientazione sempre nella medesima cittadina canadese. Storie che affondano nel passato, nelle inquietudini, nei sogni, nella solitudine. A volte sorprende, con quella sua narrazione non lineare, evocativa, su più livelli, da quello inconscio a quello temporale, da quello reale che sfuma in fantasia e da una fantasia surreale che si fatica a creder vera. C'è sempre qualcosa che sfugge, un non-detto che lascia al lettore un margine personale di elaborazione. Può risultare un'atmosfera straniante, ma anche piena di fascino...
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
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This book is for ever-faithful friends - - Daphne and Deirdre, Audrey, Sally, Julie, Mildred, Ann and Ginger and Mary
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In the dining room of the Commerical Hotel, Louisa opened the letter that arrived that day from overseas. (first line of first story)
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Eight stories whose protagonists are women. The story, Carried Away, is on a librarian's romance with a World War I soldier who on his return marries another. The soldier is killed in a factory accident and the librarian marries the factory owner. Another story, An Albanian Virgin, is on a bag lady kidnaped by tribesmen in her youth. By the author of Friend of My Youth.

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