WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE In the her tenth collection (the title story of which is the basis for the new film Hateship Loveship),. . Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA NORMALITÀ È PIENA DI MISTEROL’ordinario. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage it is put in “Vandals,” another story in that same collection, is Munro’s timeless subject.
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Alas, I reached the end of the book and felt nothing but relief–relief that it was over. Munro is a lovely writer, with a good command of language, but her choice of subject matter, story development, and characters was uni. Munro is a lovely writer, with a good command of language, but her choice of subject matter, story development, and characters was uninspiring. With a title like “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” I expected frienfship least a little bit of drama or intrigue.
Or, if Munro left out suspense, then I expected at least a few stories to make me feel something: Instead, what I felt–if anything–was melancholy. But really, I mostly felt marriagf and restless to “get on with it. This friendshiip by one Amazon reviewer gives my impression stoties the book to a T: It’s just that she doesn’t write about anything interesting.
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In the her tenth collection the title story of which is the basis for the new film Hateship LoveshipAlice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that loop and swerve like memory, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as people we know ourselves. A college student visiting her brassy, unconventional aunt stumbles on an astonishing secret and its meaning in her own life. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is Munro at her best, tirelessly observant, serenely free of illusion, deeply and gloriously humane.
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Is this book suitable for a 15 year old? Does it have any adult content? Rex Hsieh Adult content, yes, insofar as human relationships are concerned. There is no explicit content. However, I writhe at the notion that a work of …more Adult content, yes, insofar as human relationships are concerned.
What’s the story?
However, I writhe at stiries notion that a work of literature is “suitable” for a person, partly stroies the word implies “agreeable”. A work of literature is, in no way, agreeable. I will say, though, that this collection of short stories is the best I have read from her ouevre and I have read nine, in total, including her brilliant “Dear Life” and “Runaway”. Munro had not only crafted exception characters, but elaborated them with intricate human relationships, points of view, simplicity in proseand a sort of James-like realism.
There are plenty of literary merits here, and I think many year-olds would read this just for the fun – of reading and connecting with the stories’ aesthetic beauties. Lists with This Book. Quel gesto sembrava isolarlo, rivelare in lui una certa impazienza, forse la fretta di concludere una cosa e procedere verso la successiva.
In quel preciso momento Meriel era indecisa se considerare se stessa come la cosa a venire o quella da concludere. View all 5 comments. Jul 08, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: Darcy emerging from the lake in his wet, white shirt before I can shake other bad movie images from my mind.
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Like, I loved it so much, I watched it twice in one week. And, how is this a book review, you might be ready to ask? Okay, I’m getting there. A short story of only 54 pages was the inspiration for that break-my-heart-I-surprisingly-love-this film. And, even though I think it’s the best story of this collection, the book includes nine. Till we see the pattern of the deterioration, we really can’t say. Yet, for the men reading this review.
And unless isolation, loneliness, and fears of death and diminished health have suddenly become exclusive to women, I think the universal quality of these issues would pull in any readers. But it’s not fluff. And it’s not entertainment. Munro’s been paying some close attention to people. View all 30 comments. And I continue to read and reread her work.
Some of her stories are so familiar I can recite whole passages by heart. I once played a game with a friend where he read passages from Munro and I had to identity the story.
After that, I felt her stories got a little too complex, too compressed. What I always love about Munro is just how deep she goes into human interaction. When Neal was around other people, even one person other than Jinny, his behavior changed, becoming more animated, enthusiastic, ingratiating. Jinny was not bothered by that anymore — they had been together for twenty-one years. And she herself changed — as a reaction, she used to think — becoming more reserved and slightly ironic.
Some masquerades were necessary, or just too habitual to be dropped. How true to life. The title story, the longest in the collection and one that spans decades, is a marvellous tale that keeps shifting perspectives. Imagine holding up a valuable jewel and seeing how the light catches it from different angles — that’s sort of the effect. The first perspective is from a smug, small-town station agent: The station agent often tried a little teasing with women, especially the plain ones who seemed to appreciate it.
She spoke to him in a loud voice as if he was deaf or stupid, and there was something wrong with the way she pronounced her words. She might have been under forty, but what did it matter? No beauty queen, ever. Munro knows her people so well: A few pages later, the same woman described above goes shopping for a dress she hopes will be her wedding outfit, and the shopkeeper named “Milady” comes alive in a few brief, sharp strokes.
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Flipping through this story again to write this review made me realize why I love Munro so much. She presents humanity with all its flaws intact. This is an exquisite collection.
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I sometimes get into marrage with people who have a hard time connecting with the short-story format; they say that they hardly have time to muster an emotional involvement in the characters and events, before the story is over.
To those readers I might recommend Alice Munro.
True, I have only experienced one of her collections, but the stories in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage are nothing if not emotionally affecting—or “crushingly tragic,” I suppose, if you want to g I sometimes get into conversations with people who have a hard time connecting with the short-story format; they say that they hardly have time to muster an emotional involvement in the characters and events, before the story is over.
True, I have only experienced one of her collections, but the stories in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage are nothing if not emotionally affecting—or “crushingly tragic,” I suppose, if you want to get specific about the thing. Indeed, the understated yet unrelenting tragedy of small unkindnesses built up over decades and lifetimes; of the inevitable disappointments and compromises that result when people do their best and their best is not very good; of the human tendency to feel pride in one’s flaws and shame in one’s strengths: At times, the bitterness becomes overpowering.
At other times, Munro strikes a compelling balance between the deep sadness in all her characters particularly her female characters and the moments of true connection they manage to glean from the world around them, often at unexpected moments. Munro, it should be stressed, is a magnificent craftsman.
One of the reasons these stories, at 20 or 30 pages, feel like whole super-condensed novels, is their author’s extreme economy of language, her ability to establish whole histories with one or two well-chosen words, which often occur in a paragraph seemingly devoted to another task entirely. In the story “Post and Beam,” for example, the graduate student Lionel contemplates the married life of his professor and the professor’s wife, a couple he has come to socialize with on occasion: He came to see them in the evenings, when the children were in bed.
The slight intrusions of domestic life—the cry of the baby reaching them through an open window, the scolding Brendan sometimes had to give Lorna about toys left lying on the grass, instead of being put back in the sandbox, the call from the kitchen asking if she had remembered to buy limes for the gin and tonic—all seemed to cause a shiver, a tightening of Lionel’s tall, narrow body and intent, distrustful face.
Not only do we get a portrait of a summer evening here, the ambient twilight stimuli as the adults have a drink together, but we also get Lionel’s aversion to the everyday accouterments of married life he comes after the children are in bed, shivers at Lorna and Brendan’s everyday interactions.
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We also get a solid idea of the dynamic between Lorna and Brendan: Even the addition of “remembered” “the call from the kitchen asking if she had remembered to buy limes for the gin and tonic” adds to multiple aspects of the marital portrait. On the one hand, it speaks to the familiarity of husband and wife: On the other hand, combined with Brendan’s disconnection from his children and scolding of his wife, his phrasing adds to the picture of his domineering nature.
This is not a man who goes to the store to buy limes himself, but tasks his wife with buying them, and then calls from the kitchen to ask if she remembered his request, rather than walking into the other room to ask her or heaven forbid looking for the limes poveship. One can understand why Lionel might not be jumping on board with the whole marriage proposition, if Lorna and Brendan are his role models.
And in fact, Brendan is largely representative of the male characters in Munro’s book. If I have a complaint about mxrriage collection, it’s this uniformity of male callousness: And I don’t mean to suggest that Munro does not evoke this character type with great skill and sensitivity, because she absolutely does—and in fact, many of these male characters, in her hands, end up eliciting some degree of sympathy in the reader’s mind: