The Progress of Love

The Progress of Love

Book - 1986
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With the ease and mastery that have won extraordinary acclaim for her writing, Alice Munro explores the most intimate and transforming moments of experience -- moments when the shape of a life is set, moments of realization about the burden, the power, and the nature of love. Alice Munro's characters, vulnerable and inured to hardship, find themselves struggling in a brutal yet mysteriously beautiful world: a young man contends with the responsibility he feels for his brother; a divorced woman returns to her childhood home and the memory of her parents' own complicated yet enduring marriage; a man visits his ex-wife with his current lover, only to feel a closer kinship with his estranged partner and her perceptive ways. In these eleven stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of modern times. Drawing us into the potent and intimate corners of various lives, she tells us much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1986.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394552729
0394552725
Branch Call Number: LPLC870109101650
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,22 cm.

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Apr 06, 2017

Rich and fascinating stories: enough information to imagine a character, but also enough of a lack of information to become flooded by the story. My favorites were: The Progress Of Love, Lichen*, Jesse and Meribeth**, Queer Streak, and to a lesser extent, Circle Of Prayer.

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GLNovak
Nov 19, 2013

I was hesitant about picking up a book of short stories. I had found that I really just got into them and they were over. This book was terrific, and changed my opinion of short stories altogether. These stories carried me along to very satisfying conclusions. I was drawn in to the vivid descriptions and the very rounded characters, and enjoyed the progression of the narratives. Munro can definitely create an environment populated with interesting characters living their lives one decision at a time. I did find the story 'Eskimo' a little jarring; it did not fit into the whole very well for me. Minor detail.

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