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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,713 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Munro Narrator: Kimberly Far Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In stories that are more personal than any that she has written before, Alice Munro pieces her family history into gloriously imagined fiction.

A young boy is taken to Edinburgh Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father's dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World. Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape, and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings.

Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpected–these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience. The View from Castle Rock is a brilliant achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginna | 2/9/2014

    " Sometimes I find myself telling the story of what is happening in my life to myself in such a way that it would make narrative sense. Or I imagine the way my grandmother must have felt as she saw my grandfather and his two friends walk up the path on the day she first met him on a triple blind date with her sister and cousin. Alice Munro's collection The View from Castle Rock reminds me of this tendency in myself, which makes me feel kind of like a real writer... I particularly enjoyed the stories in the latter half of the book, in which Munro herself is a character. I find myself wondering what degree of embroidering is there, and what is bald truth. The settings of her other stories make more sense to me after getting a sense of where she comes from. I found myself linking facts to moments in stories from purely fictional books, playing the "how much of this is 'Fiction'" game that was an undercurrent of every fiction workshop I took in grad school. Not necessarily the most useful or craft-directed game, but there you are. I enjoyed looking at Munro's work with a different kind of lens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Gager | 2/2/2014

    " I tell everyone I know who reads about Alice Munro and William Trevor. For all the good it does... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Navida | 2/2/2014

    " I like the present parts of the book - am somewhat disinterested in the long ago Scottish ancestry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Gretchen | 1/10/2014

    " She should stick with her novelistic short stories, which are superb. This story drags badly. "

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