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  • Not a feel-good book but a good book

    My favourite short story in this book is the last one, maybe because it shows to be based on reality. The story of a Russian woman, mathematician, leaving in Stockholm at the end of the 1800th century. I smiled when Munro describes Swedish particularities, sometimes a bit stereotypical, but a bit funny anyway. The only critic I have for this stories is that there are a lots a flashbacks. But beside this, you can feel how much affection Munro has for her character. In all stories, I find Munro really good at describing feelings and atmospheres with just a few words. Maybe I would have wished a bit more stories about men, most of them are about women, but the few ones about men are also good. Though in some stories I didn't really understand the point with them, but maybe that's just about it: there is no point. Munro built some expectations and then, nothing... But that's life also, I agree. This is not at all a feel-good book. You need a pause between each short story. Most of them are sad, some really gloomy, none of them are really optimistic or hopeful. It is really well written, in a very sensitive way with a lots of integrity. But you leave each story with a bit of sorrow.

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