The Progress of Love

The Progress of Love

Stories

Book - 1986
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Alice Munro, who received the National Book Critics Circle Award for her latest collection of stories, The Love of a Good Woman, is widely acknowledged as a modern master of the short story. In this earlier collection, she demonstrates all of those strengths that have won her so many literary accolades. A divorced woman returns to her childhood home where she confronts the memory of her parents' confounding yet deep bond. The accidental near-drowning of a child exposes the fragility of the trust between children and parents. A young man, remembering a terrifying childhood incident, wrestles with the responsibility he has always felt for his younger brother. In these and other stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of our times. Drawing us into the most intimate corners of ordinary lives, she reveals much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, c1986
Edition: Key record
ISBN: 9780771066665
077106666X
9780375724701
0375724702
Characteristics: 309 p

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Apr 06, 2017

Rich and fascinating stories: enough information to imagine a character, but also enough of a lack of information to become flooded by the story. My favorites were: The Progress Of Love, Lichen*, Jesse and Meribeth**, Queer Streak, and to a lesser extent, Circle Of Prayer.

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GLNovak
Nov 19, 2013

I was hesitant about picking up a book of short stories. I had found that I really just got into them and they were over. This book was terrific, and changed my opinion of short stories altogether. These stories carried me along to very satisfying conclusions. I was drawn in to the vivid descriptions and the very rounded characters, and enjoyed the progression of the narratives. Munro can definitely create an environment populated with interesting characters living their lives one decision at a time. I did find the story 'Eskimo' a little jarring; it did not fit into the whole very well for me. Minor detail.

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