REVIEW: Dear Life by Alice Munro

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“People have thoughts they’d sooner not have. It happens in life.”

Alice Munro, Dear Life (2012)

Life comes with regret, something the characters of Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life know all too well. The people in these stories are ordinary. It’s like peering through a window into someone’s living room and watching them go about their day-to-day life. In thirty pages or less, Munro sets out the landscape of an entire life in prose that is clear, concise and unapologetic.

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BOOKISH FINDS: Library Loans

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I seem to be unstoppable when it comes to buying books recently, which I don’t regret at all, but my university has an impressive library and it seems like a wasted opportunity if I don’t at least take out a few books. As I mentioned in earlier posts, I am an aspiring short story writer. I’m also trying to write poetry. The verdict’s out on that one for now. So I went on a spree and reserved these books, which I was loaned until Febuary 24th. I may have been too enthusiastic, but luckily I can extend the loan for as long as I want. Hurrah!

Here’s what I borrowed:

  1. Dear Life by Alice Munro
  2. The Collected Stories by Katherine Mansfield
  3. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
  4. Saints & Sinners by Edna O’Brien
  5. Poetry in the Making by Ted Hughes

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