The View From Castle Rock

The View From Castle Rock

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Book - 2006 | 1st ed
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A powerful new collection from one of our most beloved, admired, and honored writers.

In stories that are more personal than any that she's written before, Alice Munro pieces her family's history into gloriously imagined fiction. A young boy is taken to Edinburgh's Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father's dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World; a baby is lost and magically reappears on a journey from an Illinois homestead to the Canadian border.

Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings. First love flowers under the apple tree, while a stronger emotion presents itself in the barn. A girl hired as summer help, and uneasy about her "place" in the fancy resort world she's come to, is transformed by her employer's perceptive parting gift. A father whose early expectations of success at fox farming have been dashed finds strange comfort in a routine night job at an iron foundry. A clever girl escapes to college and marriage.

Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpected--these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience. The View from Castle Rock is a brilliant achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400042821
1400042828
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 22 cm

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peacebenow
Feb 08, 2017

Story of irish Immigtrants through generations in Canada. Perhaps I would have liked better if I had read more quickly. I had a hard time connecting to the people and story. Seemed disjointed to me.

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Shannon_99
Oct 17, 2014

Alice Munro shows her storytelling mastery in this collection describing her family's journey from Scotland to their life in Canada.

Jane60201 Dec 18, 2013

This book has a lot of actual life experiences of the author from which "The Lives of Girls and Women" is drawn. That book seemed sort of "musty and old fashioned." This one is much more alive and compelling. The cover, it should be pointed out, has nothing whatsoever to do with the text.

debwalker Oct 10, 2013

October 10, 2013: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story"!

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StephenB
Sep 18, 2012

Ridiculous to be awarding stars to collections by the great Munro. I didn't like this quite as much as "Too Much Happiness", the recent collection I read before this one, but it's still very strong. I need to go back and read or reread some of her earlier work.

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

Ms. Munro has done her usual superb job - in this case weaving together stories resulting from a personal exploration of her father's side of the family. Anyone who knows Ontario will be happy with her sense of place - and her excellent descriptive powers. Tell a story - weave a tale - bring in the reader and viola - another masterpiece by our very own Alice.

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