Thursday, June 06, 2013


I have the habit to read more than two book in the same time. Currently I have been reading "Varieties of Disturbance: Stories"by Lydia Davis and also "Too much happiness: stories", by Alice Munro. I think that Munro will be my new favourite author and I just buy another book of her, "Runaway".
Eu tenho o hábito de ler mais de dois livros ao mesmo tempo. Agora estou lendo "Tipos de Perturbação: Ficções", de Lydia Davis e também "Felicidade Demais", de Alice Munro, que penso que será minha nova autora favorita. Acabo de comprar outro livro seu, "Fugitiva".

I have a good news: I just found the story "Free Radicals" from the book "To much happiness: stories", fully published on the "The New Yorker". I liked so much the story and I think you would like reading it too! And here another stories by Alice Munro.

Alice Ann Munro (born 10 July 1931 in Wingham) is a Canadian author. The winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, she is also a three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction, and a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize. The locus of Munro’s fiction is her native southwestern Ontario. Her "accessible, moving stories" explore human complexities in a seemingly effortless style. Munro's writing has established her as "one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction." 
You can read an interview by Jeanne McCulloch, Mona Simpson in "the Paris Review".
"Too Much Happiness" "is a compelling, provocative—even daring—collection of ten superb new stories by Alice Munro.  In the first story a young wife and mother receives release from the unbearable pain of losing her three children from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other stories uncover the “deep-holes” in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and how a boy’s disfigured face provides both the good things in his life and the bad. And in the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky—a late-nineteenth-century Russian émigré and mathematician—on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and, Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician." (review from Amazon)

Alice Ann Munro nasceu em 10 de julho de 1931 em Wingham, no Canadá. É autora de diversos livros de contos, traduzidos para mais de dez idiomas. Entre os numerosos prêmios literários recebidos ao longo de sua carreira, destaca-se o Man Booker Prize, em 2009.
"Felicidade demais", "reúne dez contos de Alice Munro, protagonizados por personagens femininas que vivem situações de grande sedução e violência. São mulheres de idades e ocupações diversas, mas todas elas, a certa altura da vida, deparam com acontecimentos que mudam o rumo de suas vidas. (...) Nos contos da autora, camadas narrativas se sobrepõem, o passado e a memória atuam no presente e conduzem a situações-limite. Mas mesmo quando a doença toma conta e o fim se anuncia, a promessa de felicidade, ainda que efêmera e ilusória, estará sempre no horizonte de realização." (informações do blog da Companhia das Letras). (Clicando no link você pode ler um trecho em pdf)


Alice Munro photo by Paul Hawthorn to

What are you reading, recently read, or plan to read in the future? 


  1. I must get the Alice Munro book....It sounds really quite wonderful! And I trust you, Sonia, when you say she is your new favorite writer.

    I don't read many books these days----for some reason, I start books and then just don't finish them. It's not the book---It Is Me! I seem to have so many things going on that I just don't seem to have the time to read---Except, of course, there are "exceptions"! (lol) I very much like Memoirs and am drawn to them....

    Years ago, when I traveled I was always reading a book or two, which I would take with me....Now....not so much, at all.

  2. I'm almost finished with Huckleberry Finn on my Nook, then it's on to a fantasy novel by Fred Saberhagen, at which time I'll probably start a biography of Beethoven too.

  3. All Good Things: A Memoir of Paradise Lost and Found
    by Sarah Turnbull

    I loved her previous book "Almost French" (she's an Australian journalist who moves to Paris).

    And you have piqued my interest with Alice Munro - I'm going to read "Too Much Happiness" next.

  4. Good post! And you're reading some wonderful literature.
    As for me, I'm currently reading "escapist" mystery novels during my lunch break at work.

  5. "I can't play bridge. I don't play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn't seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window." Alice Munro

    I'm reading Pagnol and some essay collections. I'll add Munro.

  6. Naomi, I think you will love Alice Munro. Me too, I used to read so much more than I do nowadays... I also like to read Memoirs!

    Al, you have been reading great books! I must to get Fred Saberhagen, I never read a book by this author before. Love Beethoven too.

    Letitia, I never read Sarah Turnbull before and I must to read this Australian journalist for sure! I just search on online bookstores but I only found her books in English, but I will try to read it. I will follow the link to good reads too.

    Ms M, I also like mystery novels! Sherlock Holmes was one of my favorite author of this genre. I have all his books.

    Karin, what a great Alice Munro quote! I didn't know this one. I identified myself with her words and I sign it below. I also never read Pagnol... is he the filmaker? I think I saw one of his film...

    Thank you all for the comments and for the interesting books to read!

  7. Hi Sonia!
    I read all the time. I usually read 2 books at once, one a light fun read, the other something more meaningful.

  8. Just finished "The kindly ones" by Jonathan Littell. I need to start reading a lighter book...

  9. Terry, I also read all the time! But the internet have been stolen my time a little bit...

    Thérèse, I have hear about this book of Jonathan Littell and I will add Littell to my list.

  10. The Rest is Noise -- Listening to the Twentieth Century, by music critic Alex Ross. It's been sitting unread on my nightstand for a few days. Once The Monster Project is out the door, I'll pick it up.

    Sonia, thank you for reminding that, the computer notwithstanding, writing opens new worlds.

  11. Hi John,
    The book "The Rest is Noise" sounds great! I must to get it soon.

  12. These days I only have a chunk of time to read when I'm traveling. I picked up "Let's Pretend this Never Happened" at an airport. It's a best-selling memoir, written by a blogger who got her first book deal. I had high hopes - it was pitched as hilarious - but it hasn't lived up to the hype. I'll have to check out Alice Munro and the other recommendations here.

  13. Ah, I love to read too! Mostly non-fiction, and usually when I'm not lugging a camera around. I've read a few good books of late, that I can recommend:

    "Blind Spot: Why We Fail to See the Solution Right in Front of Us" by Gordon Rugg. Good discussion on human cognitive issues and how to overcome them.

    "The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution" by Gregory Cochran. Explains some basic genetics and their impact on on the growth and expansion of advanced cultures.

    "The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them" by Richard J. Davidson. You might call this one 'mind blowing.' It's really amazing what they have discovered about how the brain works!

  14. I'm reading a couple of nonfiction books, so I guess I have something in common with Jan. Just finished one on photography. I have an audiobook in the car that's a college history course... I'm almost done with it! So I guess I'm a nerd.


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