Evidently the key to liking short stories is to read the very best artist in the genre. While I didn’t love all the stories in the collection, the best of them had the feel of a glimpse into a truly great novel. The characters stayed with me and I wanted the story to go on and on.
Which raises a point. In many novels I find the author never manages to flesh out their characters beyond the superficial, despite the book going on for 250+ pages. How does Munro create such full characters in 20+ pages? The same goes for plot. I’ve read some books recently where at the end of the book I still wasn’t clear what the story was, yet the plots of Munro’s stories are rich and full. If she can fit that much in 20+ pages, what are the rest of the authors doing with their time?
Of course, I likes some of the stories better than others, but as a whole this is a stunning piece of literature. I’m proud as a Canadian that she’s one of our national treasures.