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მიძღვნილ სტატიებში ხშირად აღნიშნავდნენ რომ 2013 წლის ლიტერატურული ნობელი არა მხოლოდ მწერლის არამედ ჟანრის დაფასებაც იყო„ძვირფასი სიცოცხლე“ კრებული რომელიც თოთხმეტი მოთხრობისაგან შედგება სავარაუდოდ ავტორის ბოლო წიგნია Dear AliceWhat a good investment you ve turned out to be A little girl growing up in rural Canada in the early twentieth century far from the turmoil experienced by your contemporaries in Europe you nevertheless created several lifetimes worth of uniue stories from the limited resources you were given I watched while you observed every detail of your rural existence filing away images and experiences for future use like some Canadian Picasso accumulating a studio full of junk which one fine day when the light is right allows the bonnet of a toy car to become a baboon s wide grin a football to become its body and a tennis ball its baby s headYou ve recycled everything that came your way The ringlets your mother slaved over your early piano lessons your first viewing of a dead body that story you read in the newspaper the plot of the first novel you read your neighbour s failed marriage your elderly aunt s eccentric life your own experiences of illness every useful thing has been reused And as with Picasso each new work that emerges from the mountain of stored experiences startles by its novelty by its ability to veer off towards new and unexpected directions by its real and freuently shocking truthYou have used what you have been given very well AliceYou have earned your prizeYours very sincerelyLife One Breathless Night / Insatiable you ve turned out to be A little girl growing up in rural Canada in the early twentieth century far from the turmoil experienced by Old Flame, New Sparks your contemporaries in Europe Lone Star Baby Bombshell you nevertheless created several lifetimes worth of uniue stories from the limited resources Lullabies and Lies you were given I watched while One Night In New York you observed every detail of A Night to Remember your rural existence filing away images and experiences for future use like some Canadian Picasso accumulating a studio full of junk which one fine day when the light is right allows the bonnet of a toy car to become a baboon s wide grin a football to become its body and a tennis ball its baby s headYou ve recycled everything that came An Earl to Save Her Reputation your way The ringlets On Fire your mother slaved over The Doctor Takes a Princess your early piano lessons Rescued by the Viking your first viewing of a dead body that story The Australians Society Bride you read in the newspaper the plot of the first novel Master of Maramba you read Daring to Date the Boss your neighbour s failed marriage Sasvim skromni darovi your elderly aunt s eccentric life Larenzos Christmas Baby your own experiences of illness every useful thing has been reused And as with Picasso each new work that emerges from the mountain of stored experiences startles by its novelty by its ability to veer off towards new and unexpected directions by its real and freuently shocking truthYou have used what Protective Instincts (Mission: Rescue you have been given very well AliceYou have earned Protecting His Brothers Bride your prizeYours very sincerelyLife

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2013 წელს ნობელის პრემია ლიტერატურის დარგში კანადელ მწერალ ელის მანროს 1931 გადაეცა ეს გადაწყვეტილება ბევრისთვის მოულოდნელი იყო მწერლის ნიჭსა და ოსტატობაში ეჭვი არავის შეჰპარვია მანრო მანამდეც არაერთი პრესტიჟული პრემიის ლ Pivotal momentsI read this at the end of 2019 but am reviewing on the first day of 2020 a day for looking back and forward for considering who and where we are and who and where we want to beIf I was going to write short pieces about just four incidents my life what would I pick The I thought about it the I realised like Munro that it s not the obvious headline events graduation marriage parenthood bereavement etc Often it s something seemingly trivial that shapes and changes us and the direction we re going Mine would probably be from this list Chickening out of applying for French exchange to be a Camp America counsellor and University of Cambridge My first time being drunk plied with overly strong drinks aged 17 and narrowly escaping harmful conseuences thanks to my best friend she still is Leaving a teaching career without finishing my probationary year without any idea of what I wanted to do instead Fighting doctors to get a compromise on feeding and treating my newborn Attending the civil partnership ceremony of my father and his partner Supporting my child from a distance through major health and mental health issues at uni they came through with a master s Skimming an article about the potential of book blogging sites way back in 2008Image Me aged 19 How different is my life now from what I expected thenFiction and notThis book has ten understated stories and four autobiographical pieces The loosely connecting theme is girls and women breaking free from accumulated regret though not all the main protagonists are female Several stories include the loss of or fear of losing a child What is unsaid is often crucial Acts of omission lead to acts of commission The language is plain and apparently simple but always evocative and firmly conjuring time varied and place SE Canada Some have a twistWhat s strange is that the autobiographical pieces were much less engaging than the preceding fictions less realistic and dream likeThe stories no spoilers1 To Reach Japan 2A train journey demonstrates the importance of being meaningfully present in one s child s life I was confused by the opening page and the big plot point in the middle was nasty which I don t necessarily mind and implausible which I do mind there was no plausible motivation 2 Amundsen 4Another train journey another disorienting start but in a captivating way It s cold the region the sanitorium its chief doctor and a visit to a house with a suggestion of minimal but precise comfort I would have given 5 but the final line not a spoiler didn t ring true for the character or her story Nothing changes really about love 3 Leaving Maverley 5A girl from cultish sect works at small town cinema but can t watch or even hear the films I thought I knew where Leah s story was going but without any big twists or shocks Munro kept sidestepping the obvious It s all about what s unsaid unseen undone 4 Gravel 5 Accept everything and then tragedy disappears This is about being haunted by loss not discussing events and choosing to forget not an approach I recommend Gravel water and a dog are significant5 Haven 4A 13 year old girl year spends a year in the mid 70s with her uncle and aunt while her parents teach in Ghana She s initially shocked by her aunt s deferential domestic role making a haven for her man Initially 6 Pride 4Some rise up despite early setbacks while others keep digging The narrator is a man who is possibly asexual or maybe assumed to be so by himself and others because of his hare lip Pride is an impediment for others than him There is no ending Nothing is said It stops 7 Corrie 5A story of blackmail but all is not what it seems 8 Train 5A soldier returns from the war but to what and whom He jumps off the train walks back along the tracks and drifts unobtrusively in and out of lives his and others He wants A different block of air emptiness but gets An immediate flock of new surroundings asking for your attention Trains are key at a couple of other points as well Also this is another character who is probably asexual which I may not have noticed had not a GR friend commented about the near invisibility of asexual characters in literature 9 In Sight of the Lake 4 or 3There are wonderful descriptions of driving and walking through a small Canadian town through the eyes of an old woman who fears losing her memory It brought to mind Rebecca Solnit s brilliant A Field Guide to Getting Lost see my review HERE But ultimately this is an unsatisfying clich 10 Dolly 4 or 3This starts with an ageing couple considering double suicide in very pragmatic terms Fitting the theme of things going unsaid they don t plan to write a note and she is a biographer of forgotten novelists But things happen As one of them says Life is totally unpredictable The autobiographical pieces The final four works in this book are not uite stories They form a separate unit one that is autobiographical in feeling though not sometimes entirely so in fact I believe they are the first and last and the closest things I have to say about my own life Image The Munro family home in Wingham Ontario SourceThe Munros lived out of town but not really in the country It was not like the real country where people usually know the insides of one another s houses and everybody had or less the same way of making a living They were neither rich nor poor Not entirely happy but not dysfunctional either Her parents were from different backgrounds with different aspirations and popularity No wonder she grew up such an astute observer11 The Eye 4 I began to accept how largely my mother s notions about me might differ from my own Munro s delicate and slightly awkward relationship with her mother is demonstrated when she was 5 and her brother was born uickly followed by another baby There s an au pair a wake and a child s overactive imagination12 Night 3After being rushed to hospital with appendicitis by horses because of a snowstorm Munro has sleep problems and murderous thoughts doubtless exacerbated by you guessed something important but unsaid Her father reassures her but still without telling her everything The truth was told with only the slightest modification 13 Voices 3Munro honestly confronts the inaccuracy of memories exacerbated by people deliberately turning a blind eye to unsavoury things and people The title refers to airmen at a party who were probably British and she remembers as seeming kind gentle and blessed14 Dear Life 2Ramblings combining observations of her mother s deterioration from Parkinson s and a possible attempted babysnatch long ago uotes She carried not noticing to an extreme Writing this letter is like putting a note in a bottle And hopingIt will reach Japan Small untidy evergreens rolled up like sleepy bears The frozen lake not level but mounded as if the waves had turned to ice in the act of falling A dry lipped kiss brief and formal set upon me with hasty authority Her smile seemed to shower him with delight He nearly always gave approval but with ualifications Haul it laundry in when it was dry and smelling all fresh and congratulatory Mischief and Marriage year without any idea of what I wanted to do instead Fighting doctors to get a compromise on feeding and treating my newborn Attending the civil partnership ceremony of my father and his partner Supporting my child from a distance through major health and mental health issues at uni they came through with a master s Skimming an article about the potential of book blogging sites way back in 2008Image Me aged 19 How different is my life now from what I expected thenFiction and notThis book has ten understated stories and four autobiographical pieces The loosely connecting theme is girls and women breaking free from accumulated regret though not all the main protagonists are female Several stories include the loss of or fear of losing a child What is unsaid is often crucial Acts of omission lead to acts of commission The language is plain and apparently simple but always evocative and firmly conjuring time varied and place SE Canada Some have a twistWhat s strange is that the autobiographical pieces were much less engaging than the preceding fictions less realistic and dream likeThe stories no spoilers1 To Reach Japan 2A train journey demonstrates the importance of being meaningfully present in one s child s life I was confused by the opening page and the big plot point in the middle was nasty which I don t necessarily mind and implausible which I do mind there was no plausible motivation 2 Amundsen 4Another train journey another disorienting start but in a captivating way It s cold the region the sanitorium its chief doctor and a visit to a house with a suggestion of minimal but precise comfort I would have given 5 but the final line not a spoiler didn t ring true for the character or her story Nothing changes really about love 3 Leaving Maverley 5A girl from cultish sect works at small town cinema but can t watch or even hear the films I thought I knew where Leah s story was going but without any big twists or shocks Munro kept sidestepping the obvious It s all about what s unsaid unseen undone 4 Gravel 5 Accept everything and then tragedy disappears This is about being haunted by loss not discussing events and choosing to forget not an approach I recommend Gravel water and a dog are significant5 Haven 4A 13 Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, year old girl Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, year spends a Her Husbands Christmas Bargain year in the mid 70s with her uncle and aunt while her parents teach in Ghana She s initially shocked by her aunt s deferential domestic role making a haven for her man Initially 6 Pride 4Some rise up despite early setbacks while others keep digging The narrator is a man who is possibly asexual or maybe assumed to be so by himself and others because of his hare lip Pride is an impediment for others than him There is no ending Nothing is said It stops 7 Corrie 5A story of blackmail but all is not what it seems 8 Train 5A soldier returns from the war but to what and whom He jumps off the train walks back along the tracks and drifts unobtrusively in and out of lives his and others He wants A different block of air emptiness but gets An immediate flock of new surroundings asking for The Geography of Witchcraft your attention Trains are key at a couple of other points as well Also this is another character who is probably asexual which I may not have noticed had not a GR friend commented about the near invisibility of asexual characters in literature 9 In Sight of the Lake 4 or 3There are wonderful descriptions of driving and walking through a small Canadian town through the eyes of an old woman who fears losing her memory It brought to mind Rebecca Solnit s brilliant A Field Guide to Getting Lost see my review HERE But ultimately this is an unsatisfying clich 10 Dolly 4 or 3This starts with an ageing couple considering double suicide in very pragmatic terms Fitting the theme of things going unsaid they don t plan to write a note and she is a biographer of forgotten novelists But things happen As one of them says Life is totally unpredictable The autobiographical pieces The final four works in this book are not uite stories They form a separate unit one that is autobiographical in feeling though not sometimes entirely so in fact I believe they are the first and last and the closest things I have to say about my own life Image The Munro family home in Wingham Ontario SourceThe Munros lived out of town but not really in the country It was not like the real country where people usually know the insides of one another s houses and everybody had or less the same way of making a living They were neither rich nor poor Not entirely happy but not dysfunctional either Her parents were from different backgrounds with different aspirations and popularity No wonder she grew up such an astute observer11 The Eye 4 I began to accept how largely my mother s notions about me might differ from my own Munro s delicate and slightly awkward relationship with her mother is demonstrated when she was 5 and her brother was born uickly followed by another baby There s an au pair a wake and a child s overactive imagination12 Night 3After being rushed to hospital with appendicitis by horses because of a snowstorm Munro has sleep problems and murderous thoughts doubtless exacerbated by Hold On To Me you guessed something important but unsaid Her father reassures her but still without telling her everything The truth was told with only the slightest modification 13 Voices 3Munro honestly confronts the inaccuracy of memories exacerbated by people deliberately turning a blind eye to unsavoury things and people The title refers to airmen at a party who were probably British and she remembers as seeming kind gentle and blessed14 Dear Life 2Ramblings combining observations of her mother s deterioration from Parkinson s and a possible attempted babysnatch long ago uotes She carried not noticing to an extreme Writing this letter is like putting a note in a bottle And hopingIt will reach Japan Small untidy evergreens rolled up like sleepy bears The frozen lake not level but mounded as if the waves had turned to ice in the act of falling A dry lipped kiss brief and formal set upon me with hasty authority Her smile seemed to shower him with delight He nearly always gave approval but with ualifications Haul it laundry in when it was dry and smelling all fresh and congratulatory

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ურეატი იყო გაკვირვება სხვა რამემ გამოიწვია ელის მანრო მოთხრობის ჟანრის ოსტატია რომანი არასდროს დაუწერია მცირე პროზის ავტორები კი სქელტანიანი რომანების ავტორების გვერდით თითქმის ყოველთვის იჩაგრებიან ხოლმე მანროსადმი Story 1 To Reach JapanA story about a woman who s determined to have an affairNow I don t condone affairs But sometimes I can understand them eg Addicted by Zane But here no reason is given for Greta cheating And it doesn t seem to matter who she s cheating with any available and interested man will do So it s not love affairs she s havingMy educated guess about why Greta is cheating on her husband is that she s bored She s a poet who works from home and she has a small childThe first guy she becomes enad with is a journalist who takes her home when she becomes drunk at a party In the car they re talking and he says this Excuse me for sounding how I did I was thinking whether I would or wouldn t kiss you and I decided I wouldn t What an asshole Not because as Greta thinks he s judging her un kiss worthy but because there is a drunk married woman in his car and he s seeing her in a sexual way What a jerk What makes you think she wants to be kissed by you How big of a creep are you to offer to drive a woman home from a party when she s drunk and then contemplate whether you should take advantage of her or not Also she s married you prickUnfortunately Greta shares none of my compunctions about his behavior and starts daydreaming about the man constantly for a year Then she writes him a letter of poetry and stuff and sends it to his work WTFLater she enters affair number two This is when her daughter Katy and herself are traveling to Toronto to live without her husband for a month because her husband is leaving the country This actor is on the train a play actor and she describes him as a boy so I m thinking he s at least 10 years younger than her He entertains all the children on the train and at the end of the day they start drinking flirting and touching It s obvious to me by now that it doesn t matter who the frick the man is she is just going after anyone with a penis except her husband I guess This conversation happens GRETA I haven t got any condomsGREG I haveGRETA Not on youGREG Certainly not What kind of beast do you think I am Oh I don t know THE KIND OF BEAST WHO PROPOSITIONS A MARRIED WOMAN RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER SLEEPING CHILD I mean her child is curled up sleeping right there Classy sarcasmSo she leaves her child ALONE and goes to Greg s compartment to have sex with himThen after their finished having sex she tells him she has to go back to her compartment And he says Okay Okay I should get ready for Saskatoon anyway What if we d got there just in the middle of it Hello Mom Hello Daddy Excuse me just a minute here while I Wa hoo blink blink What A Moron Seriously THIS is who you choose to have an affair with This guy IncredibleSo she goes back to her compartment to find Katy is missing She freaks out Later she finds Katy unharmed who says she went to look for Mommy Greta is feeling very guilty and shameful and as if Katy going missing was punishment for Greta having sex with GregThen in the final twist view spoiler Greta and Katy get off at Union Station and the journalist is waiting for them with a hug and a kiss oO hide spoiler Warrior Rising (The Esri you and I decided I wouldn t What an asshole Not because as Greta thinks he s judging her un kiss worthy but because there is a drunk married woman in his car and he s seeing her in a sexual way What a jerk What makes Mistress at a Price you think she wants to be kissed by Raintree (Raintree, you How big of a creep are The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress you to offer to drive a woman home from a party when she s drunk and then contemplate whether A Millionaire for Cinderella (In Love with the Boss you should take advantage of her or not Also she s married Tame A Wild Stallion you prickUnfortunately Greta shares none of my compunctions about his behavior and starts daydreaming about the man constantly for a Daddy By Choice year Then she writes him a letter of poetry and stuff and sends it to his work WTFLater she enters affair number two This is when her daughter Katy and herself are traveling to Toronto to live without her husband for a month because her husband is leaving the country This actor is on the train a play actor and she describes him as a boy so I m thinking he s at least 10 Stealing Kisses years One Breathless Night / Insatiable younger than her He entertains all the children on the train and at the end of the day they start drinking flirting and touching It s obvious to me by now that it doesn t matter who the frick the man is she is just going after anyone with a penis except her husband I guess This conversation happens GRETA I haven t got any condomsGREG I haveGRETA Not on Old Flame, New Sparks youGREG Certainly not What kind of beast do Lone Star Baby Bombshell you think I am Oh I don t know THE KIND OF BEAST WHO PROPOSITIONS A MARRIED WOMAN RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER SLEEPING CHILD I mean her child is curled up sleeping right there Classy sarcasmSo she leaves her child ALONE and goes to Greg s compartment to have sex with himThen after their finished having sex she tells him she has to go back to her compartment And he says Okay Okay I should get ready for Saskatoon anyway What if we d got there just in the middle of it Hello Mom Hello Daddy Excuse me just a minute here while I Wa hoo blink blink What A Moron Seriously THIS is who Lullabies and Lies you choose to have an affair with This guy IncredibleSo she goes back to her compartment to find Katy is missing She freaks out Later she finds Katy unharmed who says she went to look for Mommy Greta is feeling very guilty and shameful and as if Katy going missing was punishment for Greta having sex with GregThen in the final twist view spoiler Greta and Katy get off at Union Station and the journalist is waiting for them with a hug and a kiss 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10 thoughts on “Dear Life

  1. says:

    I had never read any Alice Munro and I find it's difficult to say anything sensible about her Obviously the stories are very good She just won the Nobel Prize Duh But what's most impressive is that she doesn't seem to be doing anything in particular With some writers it's easy to understand why they're so highly

  2. says:

    This new collection pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter an action not taken or a simple twist of fate These are terrific stories by an amazing talent a writer so good I learn something new with every story

  3. says:

    Pivotal momentsI read this at the end of 2019 but am reviewing on the first day of 2020 a day for looking back and forward for considering who and where we are and who and where we want to beIf I was going to write short pieces about just four incidents my life what would I pick The I thought about it the I realised like Munro that

  4. says:

    I’m always careful not to fall victim to popular opinion when reading any book especially one by such an acclaimed and beloved writer as Alice Munro I tried to forget the fact that Munro had only recently won

  5. says:

    Story 1 To Reach JapanA story about a woman who's determined to have an affairNow I don't condone affairs But sometimes I can understand them eg Addicted by Zane But here no reason is given for Greta cheating And it doesn't seem to matter who she's cheating with any available and interested man will do So it's not “love” affair

  6. says:

    DEAR WRITING It is reassuring to see that the Nobel Prize for literature went recently to someone who writes so clearly and so unpret

  7. says:

    3 extremely memorable stars I am writing this at 245 am and we are at our cottage on Lake Huron and it was my favorite kind of day and evening and night and the spirit of Alice Munro was everywhere today My partner spent a small time in his childhood in the town of Wingham Ontario this is where Alice Munro grew upand we

  8. says:

    Dear AliceWhat a good investment you've turned out to be A little girl growing up in rural Canada in the early twentieth century far from the turmoil experienced by your contemporaries in Europe you nevertheless created several lifetimes’ worth of uniue stories from the limited resources you were given I watched while you observed every detail of your rural existence filing away images and experiences for future use like some Canadian Pic

  9. says:

    As with all of Alice Munro's books I rushed out to buy this newest collection and then I rushed home eager to plunge into it I am an ardent fan of Alice Munro's work and I think this collection is good better tha

  10. says:

    Yo