Dienstag, 10. Juli 2018

25 Alice Munro Stories You Can Read Online Right Now / Emily Temple In: Lit Hub Daily July 9, 2018

When a writer is universally beloved and highly prolific, it can be hard for the uninitiated to know where to start. It’s even more difficult when the writer in question is a master of the short story as opposed to the novel, because at least novels lend themselves to the kind of summary that might let you know if you’ll be interested in the book—it’s much harder to describe a story collection. Such is the case for many with Alice Munro: people know they should read her, but have no idea how to break into her oeuvre. Well, if you’re one of those people, you’re in luck. Munro turns 87 tomorrow, which is as good a reason as any (though let’s be clear: no reason is required) to finally delve into some of her work.
So if you’ve been too intimidated to dive into this incredible writer’s formidable backlog, why not ease in with some no-commitment short stories? You won’t even have to buy a book. Below, you can read the openings of 25 Munro stories to see which one strikes your fancy—you could browse chronologically, or if you need a more pointed nudge, you could always start with my own personal favorite, “Wenlock Edge.” Once you’ve decided, click through—all of the below stories are available to read for free thanks to the magic of the internet (though depending on your subscriptions, you may have to get creative). Enjoy.
Boys and Girls,” 1968
My father was a fox farmer. That is, he raised silver foxes, in pens; and in the fall and early winter, when their fur was prime, he killed them and skinned them and sold their pelts to the Hudson’s Bay Company or the Montreal Fur Traders. These companies supplied us with heroic calendars to hang, one on each side of the kitchen door. Against a background of cold blue sky and black pine forests and treacherous northern rivers, plumed adventures planted the flags of England and or of France; magnificent savages bent their backs to the portage. ... [mehr] https://lithub.com/25-alice-munro-stories-you-can-read-online-right-now/

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