Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alice Munro wins the Man Booker

Amazing. That's what this is. The best living short story writer in English is actually being recognized. Alice Munro has won the Man Booker Prize. If you haven't read an Alice Munro short story, now is the time. What? You say you don't like short stories, you only read novels? Well, you are in luck, because Munro short stories are like novels, only a bit shorter. Everything is there, the characters, the setting, the plot, the complications. And, like Chekhov stories, the characters live on after the reader finishes.

I suggest starting with "What is Remembered" and then going on to "Nettles." Both are in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

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