Carried Away, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Set in her native southwest Ontario, they include "Royal Beatings", in which a young girl, her father and her stepmother release the tension of their circumstances in a ritual of punishment and reconciliation; "Friend of My Youth", in which a woman comes to understand that her difficult mother is not so very different from herself; and "The Love of a Good Woman", in which, when an old crime resurfaces, a woman has to choose whether to believe in the man she intends to marry.

Like the World War I soldier of the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesn't know change her life for ever, Munro's unassuming characters take permanent hold of our imaginations.

Her incomparable empathy for the people she writes about, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9781841593029



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I read somewhere that Alice Munro's work is particularly difficult to write about and so it is. I left a gap between reading each story (necessary I think) and kept thinking how was it possible to make small town life and the people in it so interesting. I liked the way we are often surprised as readers to the jumps backwards and forwards in time without feeling these devices were too tricksy.

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