Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

by Alice Munro

McClelland & Stewart | May 25, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is rated 3 out of 5 by 2.
As always, Alice Munro surprises us. While the nine stories in this new collection could not be written by anyone else, they are subtly different. The title story, for example, ranges from small-town Ontario just after the war to a near-deserted hotel on the bald Saskatchewan prairie. The setting may be strange, uncharted Munro territory, but the plot is familiar, with two lives changed forever by a random act of mischief that can never be revealed.

“Floating Bridge” is also a typical Alice Munro story, but different. Forty-two-year-old Jinny is fighting cancer, and the front room in their middle-class home is turned into a sickroom. Her husband hires a girl to look after her, and they visit the girl’s trailer park relatives. Class tensions are exposed (“You know you’ll hurt their feelings,” he whispered. “They’re trying to be nice to you.”), and then something both unbelievable and totally believable happens to conclude the story in a way the reader will never forget.

Other stories contain lines that change the world. A promisingly flirtatious reunion with a teenage sweetheart, now married, takes an unexpected turn. (“About our youngest boy,” he said. “Our youngest boy was killed last summer.” Oh. “He was run over,” he said. “I was the one who ran over him. Backing out of our driveway.” I stopped again. He stopped with me. Both of us stared ahead. “His name was Brian. He was three.”)

In this great book by one of the world’s great writers, the settings may be Vancouver Island, small-town Ontario, Toronto, or Vancouver, but the stories are universal, and the characters – no, the people in the stories – are unforgettable.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Published: May 25, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551993953

ISBN - 13: 9781551993959

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting collection of short stories Alice Munro proves that she is worthy of the literary praise that is bestowed upon her. This collection of short stories does not disappoint. Several of the characters mirror snipits of Munro and her life providing readers with a whiff of autobiographical tidbits. The woven theme, dominant in just about every story, is loss and self-discovery. The emotional heaviness of the stories start to take its toll after about the third one. The stories are so well written and very poignant. This is the perfect book to keep on the bookshelf to revisit time and again.
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fails to achieve greatness Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro’s latest collection of nine short stories, is a languid journey through the rather unremarkable lives of characters who have the potential for, but fail to achieve, greatness. The title of the collection represents all of the stages of love (not necessarily in chronological order) and Munro manages to weave these into each of her stories. Her characters deal with transient moments that endure a lifetime, or, alternately, lifelong relationships that lose all meaning and context in an instant. Unfortunately, Munro’s characters remain flat and stagnant despite being placed in situations that should create action and movement. In the title story, Munro combines an entirely too plausible situation with one that is so strange that it seems farcical, and somehow creates a story fit for myth or legend. Two young girls take fate into their own hands and manipulate an emotionally needy woman. The ironic outcome should surpris
Date published: 2002-11-12

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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

by Alice Munro

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 25, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551993953

ISBN - 13: 9781551993959

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As always, Alice Munro surprises us. While the nine stories in this new collection could not be written by anyone else, they are subtly different. The title story, for example, ranges from small-town Ontario just after the war to a near-deserted hotel on the bald Saskatchewan prairie. The setting may be strange, uncharted Munro territory, but the plot is familiar, with two lives changed forever by a random act of mischief that can never be revealed.

“Floating Bridge” is also a typical Alice Munro story, but different. Forty-two-year-old Jinny is fighting cancer, and the front room in their middle-class home is turned into a sickroom. Her husband hires a girl to look after her, and they visit the girl’s trailer park relatives. Class tensions are exposed (“You know you’ll hurt their feelings,” he whispered. “They’re trying to be nice to you.”), and then something both unbelievable and totally believable happens to conclude the story in a way the reader will never forget.

Other stories contain lines that change the world. A promisingly flirtatious reunion with a teenage sweetheart, now married, takes an unexpected turn. (“About our youngest boy,” he said. “Our youngest boy was killed last summer.” Oh. “He was run over,” he said. “I was the one who ran over him. Backing out of our driveway.” I stopped again. He stopped with me. Both of us stared ahead. “His name was Brian. He was three.”)

In this great book by one of the world’s great writers, the settings may be Vancouver Island, small-town Ontario, Toronto, or Vancouver, but the stories are universal, and the characters – no, the people in the stories – are unforgettable.


From the Hardcover edition.