Alice Munro: The witch of the word
There are not many Nobel Prize-winning short story writers like Alice Munro, people read Alice Munro when sad, when happy, when you need someone to talk to when you need to contemplate when you want to understand the life around you, and sometimes… want to understand yourself.
So, let’s learn more about this wonderful, talented writer to really understand her literature.
Housewife won the Nobel Prize for literature
In the past, she has won countless awards, including the 2009 Man Booker International Award for Lifetime Contribution, three Governor General’s Prizes of the Government of Canada, two Giller prizes, and the W.H. Smith Literary Award. Many of her short stories were published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review.
Born in 1931 in Ontario, Canada, her writing career includes a novel (Lives of girls and women) and 14 collections of short stories such as Open secrets; Runaway; The view from Castle Rock; Too much happiness; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage … She is likened to Eudora Welty, Anton Chekhov, James Joyce in the stature describing human life in her homeland. Her works have been translated into 14 languages.
Author of “women’s psychology textbook”
Alice Munro’s early stories almost “have the depth of the novel”. Afterward, from Runaway (the Giller 2004 award) to Too much happiness (2009), she reduced her confusion to put herself in the position of a storyteller. There are ideas for it is “getting rid of the old aura”, or simply that she was “out of breath”.
However, for those who love and understand Munro, this revolutionary transformation is not surprising. Amazon.com was concerned that she used to repeat her motifs and characterizations a bit too much. However, most defended her as a storyteller with incredible precision, that she was remarked as “Shakespeare when describing his characters”.
The subject she dissected, if not the peasant love habits of Canadian farmers – caught between her desires and her shortcomings – was also about the intricate vortex of relationships, in which people impulse to understand each other and to understand themselves. Her hometown of Ontario was the material for her to dig, bring women and men drifting in and out of their orbit, entangled by mystical forces, sometimes evil lurking, stalking, then outbreaks, causing unexpected consequences.
Her ability to portray her character’s mood must be properly called “the writer of short stories women’s psychology textbook”. Which word means here. In Runaway, she was somehow spoiled that a lady was willing to run after him teaching horseback riding. An excellent girl determined to find him by the man caught shrimp in the hut. The wife of an honorable doctor once again thinks of a person who is “always in the forest”. As for the babysitter in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is involved with the landlord. Consequences are persistent bitterness. She let them “run away”, but she couldn’t escape. All are as natural as they should be.
Short story ascended the throne
Immoral encounters, broken relationships are easy to judge as repeating the same pattern. But in the end, isn’t it true that in real life, people are just hanging around the table and on the bed? Look from a true psychology perspective, that while men think like concentric circles, women think like Olympic circles (Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, John Gray, USA).
Aren’t you proving the reel in that woman’s brain? It is the woman who drowns in her matrix. Men exist unintentionally, true to their inherent nature. The circles intertwined and then twisted in the direction of the man or whatever floated on their route. The reason is trivial. Just the manner of hanging the saddle, just the uttering the names of a few Greek gods, or maybe just the snout of a pet dog, makes a woman tied to some man.
The Nobel Prize is awarded to writers for lifetime achievement rather than for specific work. Alice Munro was honored, meaning the short story took the throne. She received quite unexpected news. It surprised her. For a talented writer with a simple life, inclined to stay away from panache, this is a sweet fruit.