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Runaway

by Alice Munro

Penguin Canada | October 4, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Runaway is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 6.
The incomparable Alice Munro''s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. In Munro''s hands, the people she writes about—women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children—become as vivid as our own neighbours. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.26 × 0.92 in

Published: October 4, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143050710

ISBN - 13: 9780143050711

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Runaway I found this a readable book. Different for me as of the different stories in one book. The story Runaway I did not enjoy, thought is was unfinished or missing something. But did find the others readable. Not fantastic as described by many others. And I am Canadian...
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Runaway A good storybook , engrossing tales of women in everyday life.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! The latest masterpiece by arguably the best living Canadian writer! Her stories are incredibly truthful and heartfelt - a must read for anyone who loves to read about real life and emotions.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Munro What a wonderful book, Alice Munro has done it again with these short stories.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing After reading - and thoroughly disliking - The Lives of Girls and Women, I never thought I would count myself a Munro fan, but this superb collection has definitely changed my mind. The stories are profound, subtle, and extraordinary. The quiet mastery with which Munro exercises her linguistic prowess is so perfect that at times it is possible to forget you're reading at all: character, narrative, imagery and language flow together in a seamless whole. Her stories are never didactic or preachy, but manage to capture the ambiguities, paradoxes and confusing multiplicites of life in a way that will have you rethinking your own assumptions. And yet, throughout all this brilliance, it is as readable a book as I have picked up in the past year. Well deserving of the Giller Prize: a must-read for Canadian fiction lovers.
Date published: 2005-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Shocking Disappointment Working in a bookstore, and being an avid reader of Canadian fiction, I've always wanted to read Alice Munro's short-story collections because of her international reputation as one of Canada's literary grandmasters. After Runaway won the Giller, I put down everything I was reading at the time and decided to finally acquaint myself with Munro's writing once and for all. The first story, the title story, I rather enjoyed. But then it was all downhill after that. After the fifth story I just gave up. I couldn't go on. The stories were well written, there's no question, but I'm afraid there wasn't much story in this short story collection at all. And the titles, all single words (Chance, Passion, Silence...), in a way mocking pretentious titles of bad fiction, when in fact the mockery doesn't seem intended at all. If it is, it's not reflected in the pieces. And I wanted so badly to like this collection. I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I will definitely give Munro another chance sometime in the future, because her accolades practically command it. But at the moment, I must admit, I'm both perplexed and dismayed at my response to this latest offering from an obviously very talented writer. Oh well.
Date published: 2004-12-16

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Runaway

by Alice Munro

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.26 × 0.92 in

Published: October 4, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143050710

ISBN - 13: 9780143050711

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From the story "Tricks" For five years Robin had been doing this. One play every summer. It had started when she was living in Stratford, training to be a nurse. She went with a fellow student who had a couple of free tickets from her aunt, who worked on costumes. The girl who had the tickets was bored sick–it was King Lear –so Robin had kept quiet about how she felt. She could not have expressed it anyway–she would rather have gone away from the theater alone, and not had to talk to anybody for at least twenty-four hours. Her mind was made up then to come back. And to come by herself. It wouldn’t be difficult. The town where she had grown up, and where, later, she had to find her work because of Joanne, was only thirty miles away. People there knew that the Shakespeare plays were being put on in Stratford, but Robin had never heard of anybody going to see one. People like Willard were afraid of being looked down on by the people in the audience, as well as having the problem of not following the language. And people like Joanne were sure that nobody, ever, could really like Shakespeare, and so if anybody from here went, it was because they wanted to mix with the higher-ups, who were not enjoying it themselves but only letting on they were. Those few people in town who made a habit of seeing stage productions preferred to go to Toronto, to the Royal Alex, when a Broadway musical was on tour. Robin liked to have a good seat, so she could only
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From the Publisher

The incomparable Alice Munro''s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. In Munro''s hands, the people she writes about—women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children—become as vivid as our own neighbours. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.

About the Author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published sixteen books — Dance of the Happy Shades; Lives of Girls and Women, Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You; Who Do You Think You Are?; The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Friend of My Youth; Open Secrets; Selected Stories; The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; Alice Munro’s Best, Too Much Happiness, and Dear Life. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the recent Nobel Prize in Literature which cited her as “a master of the contemporary short story.”

Here at home she has won too many awards to list, including three Governor General’s Literary Awards, two Giller Prizes, several Trillium Prizes and a number of Libris Awards. Elsewhere she has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, Italy’s Pescara prize, the United States’ National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.

Alice Munro divides her time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

“Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America.… Read Munro! Read Munro!” –Jonathan Franzen in The New York Times Book Review “Wise, compelling and quite simply brilliant, Runaway is a gift to all of us …” –Jane Urquhart in the National Post “Like all of Munro’s previous, award-winning short story collections – which prompted The Atlantic Monthly to call her ‘the living writer most likely to be read in 100 years’ – Runaway is filled with memorable, if increasingly eccentric, characters whose lives unfold in astonishing ways.… Munro is not one bit bleak; she is steadfast, lucid, occasionally funny and thrillingly honest.… In Alice Munro’s hands, the smallest moments contain the central truths of a lifetime, in which disaster, honesty and hope are teased out as if indeed there was not a minute to lose.” – Maclean’s , October 4, 2004 “Quintessential Munro at top form… with each successive collection Munro has demonstrated her mastery over the short story form, of which she is arguably the foremost practitioner in Canada and perhaps the world. Meticulously constructed, seemingly effortless, these eight stories have an instantly recognizable Munro-like quality of plainness.” –Maureen Garvie, Quill and Quire “ Runaway shows Munro’s own powers of verbal precision are undiminished. He
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