Monday, October 29

Book Review: Vintage Munro

Title: Vintage Munro

Author: Alice Munro

Pages: 196

Summary: In unbroken procession of brilliant, revelatory short stories, Alice Munro has unfolded the wordless secrets that lie at the heart of all human experience.

Vintage Munro includes stories from throughout her career: The title stories from her collections The Moons of Jupiter, The Progress of Love and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship Loveship, Marriage; "Differently" from Friend of my Youth' and Carried Away, from Open secrets.

The Moons of Jupiter 
The Progress of Love  
Carried Away  
Hate, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say while I love the authors work, I found some of the short stories in this collection to not be her best. There are so many to choose from, so many that leave a lasting imprint on you, and I found most of these don't. Well written yes, I don't think you can read a short story by the author and not say it wasn't well written.  But, compared to what I've read in the past, some of the individual short stories didn't live up to what they normally do.

One of my favourite stories from the collection was Carried Away, which I ended up buying the entire collection it was originally published in (Open Secrets).  This one did leave an imprint on me, a big one to want to by the entire collection right away.  

Overall, a good collection of Munro's short stories, but her other works are worth checking out, as some of her other collections and individual short stories blast these ones out of the water. 

Would I recommend it to read: I still would, this has a short story from five different collections of the authors work from the 80's - 90's. So you can see how the author has evolved and get a good idea of her writing style over a decade. Also may help you find a good starting point to dive into the author.

What to read next: I'd try the individual collections each of the Short Stories were  originally  from.


  1. A new author to me as many of them in this Canadian Challenge are to me. I'm not much on short stories but if I come across this authors work I will definitely give her a try.

    1. She writes almost exclusively short stories, she has one novel. Lives of Girls and Women, which I haven't read yet. But no matter what you choose, she is well worth seeking out.