Thursday, June 24, 2010

Book Review: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

I read Alice Monro's book of short stories last week entitled: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. It was ok. I mostly liked the first story: same title as the collection, and then last story: The Bear Came Over The Mountain-which I soon realized was made into the movie Away From Her. It's a sad, frustrating, well-written tale about a woman's decent into dementia. I liked this collection more than I expected to considering I have been adamant about not liking short stories-but I did like the length of these. I didn't feel like I needed more from the stories, they were just the right length, but I felt frustrated with the actions of most of the main characters-all women-and had a hard time relating to the characters and the subject matter.

I am definitely willing to give short stories another go so if you have any suggestions PLEASE let me know!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I won't help you like short stories. I typically don't like them. For me, there's not enough time to allow myself to get swept into the plot & identify with the characters.


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