Runaway

Runaway

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Runaway 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Munro's that I have read and I bought it because of all the good reviews. I was very pleased with it and hope to read more of Munro's work. The stories here truly put you in someone else's shoes and touch your heart. Highly recommended!
RodRaglin More than 1 year ago
Alice Munro Runaway Is Alice Munro, winner of three Governor General Awards, the Giller Prize, and numerous other Canadian and international literary awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature, beyond criticism? I just finished Runaway, a collection of eight of her short stories. Actually, there are only five since a long one is broken into three segments. Why was this done? I have no idea. The stories presented in this anthology are, without doubt, very compelling and the writing was flawless as you would imagine. The characterization is subtle but incredibly telling – you almost immediately know someone like the character, and more than often, don’t like them. However, I have trouble with the way Munro ends the majority of these stories. Endings to short stories usually fall into one these four categories: denouement, realization, epiphany or the story ends itself. In my mind the most satisfactory ending is when the story comes to its natural conclusion and the ending, though not necessarily anticipated, seems inevitable. Only two of the collection presented in Runaway ends this way. The others all seem too coincidental, too serendipitous. Two stories are ended by chance meetings many years after the main events of the plot have taken place and the characters, more or less, explain to the reader what actually happened. I would have expected more from the literary icon. In another, an insignificant and totally accidental event is the catalyst for a dramatic turn of events I just couldn’t imagine the characters undertaking. Yes, I went back and searched for the clues. Maybe a more astute reader would have found them, but I didn’t. I understand literary short story endings can be more complex, that it’s not necessarily about tying up loose ends, but more about story’s the emotional and psychological impact, but given all that, another ending makes no sense whatsoever, emotionally or psychologically. Should I be worried that my citizenship is about to be revoked, or worse, that some unseen force is about to smote me?
Camboron More than 1 year ago
These stories are so unassuming, so. . ., well, I don't want to say ordinary, so let's say quotidian. You don't realize how they are affecting you, until you finish them, and everything that has filled you up leaves you. Through the simplest words and action, she creates something so vivid and relatable. I can see why she's so famous. I loved the stories about Juliet. (CHANCE, SOON, SILENCE). The first story (RUNAWAY) was great as well. I was totally thrown on any motivations of the characters. She gave you just enough to try and figure everything out. Such subtlety is appreciated. Also, PASSION, was wonderful. The plot was a shocker, but the motivations, one's ability to act impulsively, in a dream-like state almost, was captured here. We have all certainly had inexplicable moments such as these. I think my favorite, plotwise, was "Tricks", seeing as I'm simultaneously reading Stephen King's THE DARK HALF. All in all---really wonderful stuff. I read this collection because I was so moved by THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN. I'm adding something else to my list to read right now.
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kimbakristin More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories is inconsistent, but there are a few gems to be discovered. The title story was my favorite, an original, nuanced tale populated with complex characters that kicked off a lively discussion in my book club. I also liked Tricks, a story about a chance meeting between a man and a woman, and what happens when they agree to meet again one year later. Unfortunately, some of the other stories weren't quite as well crafted. At least three were well-paced until the very end, when they abruptly resolved.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Looking for a truly great collection of stories, say along the lines of Jackson McCrae's 'Children's Corner' or possibly those of Flannery O'Connor? Then look no more----you've just found it. Alice Munro is one great writer and these little gems are worth every cent you'll pay for them. A Canadian treasure!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a pleasure to read. By the end of this gripping story, the plots and subplots are interwoven to make one plot that could only be thought up by a genius. I won't say any more so I don't spoil the book. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written work and a pleasure to read. I had not read Munro before until I laid my hands on this book. That is why I consider this book as a revelation .The stories are heart-touching, full of lessons and inspirational. The characters are rich, vividly drawn and genuine. I must add that the stories are very insightful, and with that comes the boundlessness and timelessness of it all, as they show how small events can change lives, and how different those events appear to us after. Munro's unique portrayal of everyday aspects of life is rare around and the richness of it will make you want to read all of her other books. Most of the stories tell us how the characters that are easy to relate to are changed by events for forever The fact that this book is a series of well written stories that delve into the thoughts and dreams of the characters, thoughts and dreams that we all share, makes RUNAWAY and the other stories a recommended read. It is a superbly written work that takes its time to work its charm on you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book that is beautifully written. It is a pleasure to read. It is the type of book that any woman can enjoy, and I recommend it for yourself or as a gift.