Alice Munro, one of the most acclaimed short story writers of our time, is a subtle master who never uses pyrotechnics to dazzle, but who dazzles nonetheless with her clarity and her complete control of language and mood, setting and character. And, luckily for audio aficionados, her clear, unadorned prose is a pleasure to listen to. The View from Castle Rock, faultlessly read by Kimberly Farr, is her most recent collection. Born and brought up in southwest Ontario, Munro delved deeply into her father's family history, going back to their Scottish origins in the late 17th century, and weaving some of their actual letters and a journal into the opening stories. The later section becomes more personal, as she spins her own childhood and coming-of-age into narratives that make the ordinary seem extraordinary.

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