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Too Much Happiness

By Alice Munro

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| Paperback | 9780099552444

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Brilliantly paced, lit with sparks of danger and underlying menace, these are dazzling, provocative stories about Svengali men, and radical women who outmanoeuvre them, about destructive marriages and curdled friendships, about mothers and sons, abou Continue

Brilliantly paced, lit with sparks of danger and underlying menace, these are dazzling, provocative stories about Svengali men, and radical women who outmanoeuvre them, about destructive marriages and curdled friendships, about mothers and sons, about moments which change or haunt a life. Alice Munro takes on complex, even harrowing emotions and events, and renders them into stories that surprise, amaze and shed light on the unpredictable ways we accommodate to what happens in our lives. A wife and mother, whose spirit has been crushed, finds release from her extraordinary pain in the most unlikely place. The young victim of a humiliating seduction (which involves reading Housman in the nude) finds an unusual way to get her own back and move on. An older woman, dying of cancer, weaves a poisonous story to save her life. Other stories uncover the 'deep holes' in marriage and their consequences, the dangerous intimacy of girls and the cruelty of children.
The long title story follows Sophia Kovalevsky, a late nineteenth-century Russian emigree and mathematical genius, as she takes a fateful winter journey that begins with a visit to her lover on the Riviera, and ends in Sweden, where she is a professor at the only university willing to hire a woman to teach her subject. Munro's unsettling stories turn lives into art, expand our world and our understanding of the strange workings of the human heart.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Mah!

    È il primo libro che leggo di Alice Munro e, nonostante non abbia nulla da ridire sul suo modo di scrivere (lineare e concreto), devo dire che non mi ha lasciato molto.

    Inizialmente ho creduto che i racconti avrebbero rivelato un filo comune; invece ...(continue)

    È il primo libro che leggo di Alice Munro e, nonostante non abbia nulla da ridire sul suo modo di scrivere (lineare e concreto), devo dire che non mi ha lasciato molto.

    Inizialmente ho creduto che i racconti avrebbero rivelato un filo comune; invece no, a parte il ripetersi in ogni capitolo della morte di qualche personaggio.

    No, come prima lettura di un premio Nobel mi aspettavo qualcosa in più. Non credo leggerò altro della'autrice.

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    Angela Petriccione said on Oct 10, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    ..veramente io questa scrittirce non la digerisco.
    libro abbandonato. bleah!

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    Annet said on Aug 26, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Mi è piaciuto un pochino meno di "Nemico, amico,amante" ma resto del parere che la scrittrice abbia una gran bella mano.

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    Farewell said on Aug 23, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Io con la Munro ci ho riprovato, non che la sua scrittura sia brutta, ma sarà che i racconti proprio non li digerisco ma sto a chiedermi perché le abbiano assegnato il Nobel

    6/10

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    Marta said on Aug 13, 2014 | 1 feedback

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