Runaway by Alice Munro

About the book

The matchless Munro makes art out of everyday lives in this exquisite collection. Here are men and women of wildly different times and circumstances, their lives made vividly palpable by the nuance and empathy of Munro’s writing. Runaway is about the power and betrayals of love, about lost children, lost chances. There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes these stories more powerful and compelling than anything she has written before.

Reviewed by Brats et al Reading Group:

We had chosen this book because one of the group had read The View from Castle Rock, the story of Alice’s family history which had been enjoyed. We didn’t enjoy this set of short stories. We felt that the characters weren’t described very well and many of the stories had an ending that was very inconclusive or unbelievable. It was also slightly strange that in a book of short stories, there were three stories (about half the book) about one characters as if the author had a theme which they had toyed with as a novel but then decided that there wasn’t enough for a longer piece of work.

Star rating: *

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1 thought on “Runaway by Alice Munro”

  1. Review by Arle Reading Group
    A well written collection of short stories, though the contents provoked a mixed response. Too pessimistic for some, but seen as providing valuable insights into human behaviour.
    Star rating: ** to ****


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