Title: THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK - Rare Fine Copy ...
Publisher: Toronto, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 360 pages. Published in 2006. The author's twelfth collection of short stories. One of Alice Munro's greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Alice Munro's "The View From Castle Rock". Her twelfth collection of short stories. It is one of her most beloved books, for "sentimental" reasons, justifiably so: Twelve is a Chekhovian achievement in terms of sheer quantity and quality, which are one and the same thing in Munro's case. Its publication prompted Munro to announce, prematurely, the end of her writing career, showing how with the greatest writers, fiction is profoundly intuitive, guided by impulse and dictated by the unconscious. Even if she did not know it at the time, she had two more (great) books to go. The back DJ flap sums up Munro's career and achievement by (almost diffidently) stating that "she has been mentioned as a potential winner of the Nobel Prize". Not anymore: "A stunningly precise writer who is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion, and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity, indeed redemption, since she shows how much of The Extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Alice Munro collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Alice Munro. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. She signed on top of the page, making her signature even more prominent. Throughout her long career, Munro made very few public appearances, and is a reluctant signer at best. As such, most of her books are signed on a bookplate, which are much less desirable than copies signed on either the title page or tipped-in page. This title is a classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Its value will not only keep but increase over time. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALICE MUNRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0771065264. Bookseller Inventory # 18492
Synopsis: A new collection of stories by Alice Munro is always a major event. This new collection ? her most personal to date ? is no exception.
Alice Munro?s stories are always wonderful and so ingrained with truths about life that readers always want to know where they came from. In this book, Alice Munro tells us.
In her Foreword (an unusual feature in itself), she explains how she, born Alice Laidlaw in Ontario, in recent years became interested in the history of her Laidlaw ancestors. Starting in the wilds of the Scottish Borders, she learned a great deal about a famous ancestor, born around 1700, who, as his tombstone records, ?for feats of frolic, agility and strength, had no equal in his day.? She traced the family?s history with the help of that man?s nephew, the famous writer James Hogg, finding to her delight that each generation of the family had produced a writer who wanted to record what had befallen them.
In this way, she was able to follow the family?s voyage to Canada in 1818, and their hard times as pioneers ? once a father dies on the same day that a daughter is born in the same frontier cabin. ?I put all this material together over the years,? Alice tells us, ?and almost without my noticing what was happening, it began to shape itself, here and there, into something almost like stories. Some of the characters gave themselves to me in their own words, others rose out of their situations.?
As the book goes down through the generations, we come to Robert Laidlaw, Alice?s father, and then, at the book?s heart, the stories become first-person stories, set during her lifetime. So is this a memoir? No. She drew on personal experiences, ?but then I did anything I wanted to with this material, because the chief thing I was doing was making a story.?
The resulting collection of stories range from the title story ? where through a haze of whiskey Alice?s ancestors gaze north from Edinburgh Castle at the Fife coast, believing that it is North America ? all the way to the final story, where we travel with ?Alice Munro? today. In the author?s words, these stories ?pay more attention to the truth of a life than fiction usually does. But not enough to swear on.?
All of them are Alice Munro stories. There could be no higher praise.
About the Author:
Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published eleven previous books.
During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the W.H. Smith Prize, the National Book Circle Critics Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers? Prize, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. In Canada, she has won the Governor General?s Award, the Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Libris Award.
Alice Munro and her husband divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.
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