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(The View From Castle Rock.pdf) A new collection of stories by Alice Munro is always a major event This new collection her most personal to date is no exception br br 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 br br 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 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 br br In this way she was able to follow the family s voyage to Canada in 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 br br 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 br br 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 br br All of them are Alice Munro stories There could be no higher praiseDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The View From Castle Rock books for multiple devices.