The View From Castle Rock

The View From Castle Rock


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Alice Munro mines her rich family background, melding it with her own experiences and the transforming power of her brilliant imagination, to create perhaps her most powerful and personal collection yet. A young boy, taken to Edinburgh's Castle Rock to look across the sea to America, catches a glimpse of his father's dream. Scottish immigrants experience love and loss on a journey that leads them to rural Ontario. Wives, mothers, fathers, and children move through uncertainty, ambivalence, and contemplation in these stories of hopes, adversity, and wonder. 'The View from Castle Rock' reveals what is most essential in Munro's art: her compassionate understanding of ordinary lives.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2006.
ISBN: 9780307266026
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Subjects: Laidlaw family -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Electronic books.
Immigrants -- Genealogy -- Fiction.
Scots -- Canada -- Fiction.


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Feb 08, 2017

Story of irish Immigtrants through generations in Canada. Perhaps I would have liked better if I had read more quickly. I had a hard time connecting to the people and story. Seemed disjointed to me.

Oct 17, 2014

Alice Munro shows her storytelling mastery in this collection describing her family's journey from Scotland to their life in Canada.

Jane60201 Dec 18, 2013

This book has a lot of actual life experiences of the author from which "The Lives of Girls and Women" is drawn. That book seemed sort of "musty and old fashioned." This one is much more alive and compelling. The cover, it should be pointed out, has nothing whatsoever to do with the text.

debwalker Oct 10, 2013

October 10, 2013: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story"!

Sep 18, 2012

Ridiculous to be awarding stars to collections by the great Munro. I didn't like this quite as much as "Too Much Happiness", the recent collection I read before this one, but it's still very strong. I need to go back and read or reread some of her earlier work.

Sep 15, 2007

Ms. Munro has done her usual superb job - in this case weaving together stories resulting from a personal exploration of her father's side of the family. Anyone who knows Ontario will be happy with her sense of place - and her excellent descriptive powers. Tell a story - weave a tale - bring in the reader and viola - another masterpiece by our very own Alice.


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