Sunday, March 8

Book Review: Friend of My Youth

Title: Friend of My Youth

Author: Alice Munro

Pages: 244

Summary: These 10 stories bring to life characters in a remarkable variety of times and places. Men and Women recall the events, the long-buried yearnings and dreams, the sometimes puzzling choices that have made them what they are. The nature of adultery and humour and love is laid bare

Contents
Friend of my Youth
Five Points
Menesteung
Hold Me Fast, Don't Let Me Pass
Oranges and Apples
Pictures of the Ice
Goodness and Mercy
Oh, What Avails
Differently
Wigtime

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this collection, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed her other short story collections. While I enjoyed some stories more than others, I usually have a couple the really stick out for me, and while a few did, it wasn't in the same way her stories usually jump out at me.

One of my favourites of the collection was the title story "Friend of my Youth", which I enjoyed a lot. Five Points and Differently also were good reads. All of the stories were well written, the characters well developed like they always are, but there was just that extra magic I usually experience from the author, that extra spark that was missing from this collection.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, while it isn't my favourite of her collections, it's still incredibly well written.

What to read next: More of Alice Munro's books.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, The Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge



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