The world's finest living short story writer turns to her family for inspiration; and what follows is a fictionalised, brilliantly imagined version of the past.
From her ancestors' view from Edinburgh's Catle Rock in the eighteenth century to her parents' thwarted ambitions in Ontario, and her own awakening in 1950s Canada, Munro effortlessly weaves fact and myth to create an epic story of past and present, proving that fiction has much to tell us about life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/09/2007
- Category: Short stories
- ISBN: 9780099497998
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Review by janeajones
Alice Munro's <i>The View from Castle Rock</i> (2006) is a collection of stories about her family's journey from Edinburgh's Castle Rock to settle and farm in Ontario. Drawing from accounts written by family members, she re-imagines the experiences of those she never knew and examines and ponders the lives of her grandparents and parents and her own adolescence in the late 40s and early 50s. Munro would have been a slightly younger contemporary of Gabrielle Roy's Florentine LaCasse in <i> The Tin Flute</i> (1945), but her rural, Anglicized life, though affected by the hardships of the Depression, was a far cry from the urban, grinding, hardscrabble life faced by the Lacasses in Montreal.
Review by mojacobs
I hugely enjoyed this book, and I was very impressed with it too. It's not often that a book lives up to the compliments on the blurb- this one does, and how.Munro has - as so many of us seem to do when we get older - investigated her own family background, and she has woven beautiful stories around the facts she gathered. These stories, starting with her ancestors in Scotland, continuing with the settlers in Canada, and later her own youth, make wonderful and inspirational reading.”
Review by jon1lambert
I got completely bogged down in the first hundred pagesof this book as the Laidlaw family (Munro was a Laidlalw) as they migrated themselves from the Ettrick Valley in Scotland to Canada. I found the section on her Mum and Dud just like wading through treacle too - but then in the last third there were these brilliant insight into family relationships, memory, hiow we are connected to the dead, our ancestors - and a really good assessment of a librarian etc.