New York : McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. 246 pages ; 21 cm. In original dust jacket with unmarked pages and firm binding.
Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You
Thirteen Stories by Alice Munro
Hailed unanimously by readers and critics for her previous collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, and her novel, Lives of Girls and Women, as "one of the most promising talents on the literary scene," Alice Munro has once again created a tour de force in this new book of stories.
Few writers have perfected the technique of the short story as Alice Munro has. She writes with deceptive simplicity and an extraordinary power of recreation. Those who were fascinated by the perceptions in her earlier books are sure to be drawn in by the magic and delicacy of these stories. There is still the colorful coterie of small-town types, and the happiness, pain and pathos of childhood and adolescence is once again evoked : a found boat becomes the vehicle for youthful fantasy; a simple four-letter word recalls the drama of a burning building and the violence of childhood; a brief encounter with a footloose flyer leads to a rather matter-of-fact end of a young girl's illusions; and two conflicting and very different affairs of the heart inseparably bind the lives of two sisters.
But there is more in this collection than fond reminiscences. There are new directions and new insights : personal moments of triumph blend with days of despondency; careless and clandestine affairs merge with bold, defiant collisions of personalities. There is brilliance and humor, there are elaborate dreams and hallucinations, but the effect is always immediate and the creation convincing. The settings are as different as Vancouver is from Marrakesh, but the excellence is always unmistakably Alice Munro.
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