Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Alice Munro and the Golden Globes

After the non-event of the Golden Globes, I had to do some research on the film for which the wonderful Julie Christie won her award. She is an actress I have admired since seeing her as Bathsheba in Far from the Madding Crowd, which I studied at school.

Anyway I was interested to find out that Away from Her is based on the moving story The Bear Came over the Mountain by Alice Munro, who is one of my favourite short story writers.

Until I started studying creative writing I never read short stories. I picked up a copy of Alice Munro's collection, Runaway, and was immediately hooked by her ability to create short stories which tell a tale as complex as many novels. She has a wonderful ability to craft touching stories from mundane everyday life.

If you haven't read Munro yet, do. She only writes short stories and is rated one of the best at the art.

Three notable things:

1. Son 1's therapist is leaving next month. Another blow for him and I guess we may have a setback.

2. I have received my badges from Nice Caroline. I'm going to use them to accessorise my black handbag...

3. My mouth is no longer sore from yesterday's visit to the dentist.


Jackie Luben said...

Sorry to hear about the therapist Cathy.

Comiserations on the dentist too. that's one of my pet hates.

Caroline said...

Thrilled that the badge arrived with you :)

Sorry to hear about the therapist.


Lane Mathias said...

Alice Munro is wonderful! I'm reading Carol Shields short stories at the moment. Very good too

Sorry to hear about the therapist leaving.

Anonymous said...

Glad you are okay afer yesterday, Cathy. Thank you for the tips on Alice Munro, I am looking out for something else to read at the moment and might just give that a go.

Crystal xx

Cathy said...

I love Carol Shields' stories too, Lane. What is it about these Canadian writers? I'm a great Margaret Atwood fan too!

Hope you enjoy Alice Munro if you try her, Crystal. There is a newish book of stories out which I haven't read yet.

Caroline and Jackie - thanks.