Friday, July 24, 2009

Runaway by Alice Munro

This is a collection of short stories-all rather depressing. Alice Munro is a wonderful writer and she develops the personalities of her characters so wonderfully, even in a short story, that I’m really rather disappointed that all of the stories in this collection were so depressing.

From Random House:

"Throughout this compelling collection, Alice Munro’s understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors. Here are the infinite betrayals and surprises of love–between men and women, between friends, between parents and children–that are the stuff of all our lives. It is Alice Munro’s special gift to make these stories as vivid and real as our own."

I don’t think, or at least I don’t want to think, that these stories are the “stuff of all our lives”. Maybe I'm a bit of a Pollyana but the only story that left me at all satisfied, was Tricks and that is directly because Robin, the protaganist, is also satisfied at the end.

This is my sixth review for the 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge.


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Thanks for the review.

I too like happy endings...or at least ones that leave me wanting to read a "to be continued" feeling... that there is hope for a happy ending.

Susan said...

Give me a happy ending too; too much despair isn't good but sometimes a sad ending enables redemption. I like authors that fully develop their characters but if they all end miserably then I would lose interest.
Thanks for the review.