saab
 
Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 05:07 am
Lucky 13! Alice Munro is the 13th woman to receive the NobelPrize in Litterature
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 06:26 am
@saab,
I was so excited when I heard this on the radio earlier today.

I want to thank hamburgboy for bringing home a collection of Alice Munro short stories for me to read when I was home sick when I was a tween. He introduced me to one of my favourite authors.

ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 09:06 am
@ehBeth,
I thought that I've read most of her books, but found another one recently at a thrift store, yay. Open Secrets, 1994.

I think I read recently that she's stopped writing books and has been going to do more travel.
saab
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 09:40 am
@ossobuco,
I am ashamed, but I have never heard about her.
After reading and listening to the news she seems to be a person who deserves to get the prize. Lately there has been some odds numbers.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 04:04 pm
@ehBeth,
http://mookseandgripes.com/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Dance-of-the-Happy-Shades.jpg

published in 1968

I still remember how I felt when I first read some of the stories.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 04:13 pm
@saab,
I've heard the name but have never read anything by her as far as I can remember.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 06:52 pm
Some recent articles -
this one was interesting: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/10/a_guide_to_loving_the_stories_of_alice_munro.html

another -
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/10/alice-munro-nobel-literature-prize-margaret-atwood

Don't feel badly, Saab - even us crazed readers miss things. I haven't read Margaret Atwood, for example. Or many others I might appreciate.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 07:28 pm
@ossobuco,
one more - http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/alice-munro-nobel-prize-kathryn-schulz.html
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 07:58 pm
I need to look her up. I love good short stories.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 08:14 pm
@edgarblythe,
Me too. Have you ever read William Trevor? I'm not so into his novels, but liked his short stories. Also finally read some Balzac stories, and reread some de Maupassant.

Munro reminds me slightly of a writer named Laurie Colwin, who also wrote short stories (or were they just short books? not sure now) that I was pulled into, at least back then. On top of it, she was a writer for a food magazine and pretty sharp at that. Alas she died young, of an aneurysm, I think.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 08:20 pm
I haven't done a great deal of reading recently. Time I once used for reading I put into a number of projects. But I want to get back to it.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 08:25 pm
@edgarblythe,
And I need to get back to my projects.

G'night, eb. (looks like Chicago's winning)
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 08:45 pm
@ossobuco,
Laurie Colwin is another short story writer whose collections I keep beside my bed. A little occasional treat of wonderful writing.
saab
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 12:55 am
I like short stories too and by the way I do like William Trevor.
I have now seen that the Nobel Prize was given to an author just because this person writes well and no other reason. Not because s/he belongs to a minority, nor because s/he lives in a certain country, nor because of √ľolitical reasons. A prize the way Nobel wanted it - just because of the writing.
Christmas is coming up - so now I have a wish.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 07:01 am
@saab,
I wish I could help you with that wish Very Happy
I'd send a little carton of good Canadian short stories ... including some Alice Munro.
saab
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 07:06 am
@ehBeth,
Thank you very much and I will send you this one
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hundred-Year-Old_Man_Who_Climbed_Out_the_Window_and_Disappeared
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 07:18 am
@saab,
I've heard about that. I'm interested in finding it.

I believe the author was interviewed for Writers and Things ( a CBC radio program about ... books )
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 07:34 am
@ehBeth,
I've owned a lot of books, and in my need to cull because of moving and trying not to be a hoarder and now a senior who needs to clean out a lot, I've given away thousands (I don't think an exaggeration, at least by much) and sold some back to used book stores (mainly one called Booklegger) when I last moved. One of the authors I'm sorry about doing that with is Colwin, because I'd like to reread hers.

Another was my full set of Maj Showall and Per Wahloo's crime procedurals.. but those aren't short stories, and nothing like Munro or Colwin or Trevor. It's just that they were some of the first procedural type books that I found engaging.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 07:50 am
@ossobuco,
Just looked up Colwin -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Colwin

Oooh, she was married to a Soho Press person. I still have 40 +/- of those books, from the Soho Crimes series - want to give them as a batch to some good crime writing fiend. The writers are international, so besides having good writing the books are a travel-by-reading storehouse.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Fri 11 Oct, 2013 01:13 pm
@saab,
Code:Lately there has been some odds numbers.

Like who? The literature price is not politicized, or did I miss some literary equivalent of Obama's peace price?
 

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