Reading Alice Munro

Once a year I read a book by Alice Munro and after 20 pages I wonder why I would ever read anything else. But I only ever read one book per year.

  • 2005 – The Progress of Love (1985)
  • 2006 – Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (1974)
  • 2007 – Open Secrets (1994)
  • 2008 – Dance of the Happy Shades (1968)
  • 2009 – Hateship, Friendship, Loveship Courtship Marriage (2001)
  • 2010 – Who Do You Think You Are? (1978)

By my count, I have seven more to read – seven more years.

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  1. Great meta-actualization embodied in a view to a view, er, photo.
    Ah, Alice. The stories in WDYTYA and in SIBMTTY are stitched into the undersides of my skin, so that 1974, 1978 recur, held and released. Only in writing this do I realize just how long ago those first readings.
    Once, I could name most of the characters. The titles themselves, old friends.
    I like it that you read her once a year. Always in Autumn?

    • Almost always in autumn. To the best of my memory:
      2005-July
      2006-November
      2007-October
      2008-December
      2009-December
      2010-September

      I remember 2009, realizing the year had almost ended and I hadn’t read anything by Alice Munro since the previous year. I also needed something reliably good after reading Patrick Lane, ‘There Is A Season.’

  2. Try The View from Castle Rock. It is memoir set up as fiction, just as much of her fiction is slightly-disguised memoir. The tone is consistent and you will enjoy reading about her background and growing-up years. http://silverseason.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/alice-munro-the-view-from-castle-rock/

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