Reviews for View from Castle Rock : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2007 April/May
Fiction? Memoir? Genealogy? Whatever you choose to call it, this book marks a distinct departure for Munro. The first half traces her father's Scottish relatives and their journey to Canada in the early 1800s: "Their words and my words, a curious recreation of lives." It takes a while to form an identification with men and women whose names have been quickly rattled off, but Kimberly Farr's agile rendering of each character's unique speech pattern helps set them all forth as individuals. The second half of the volume contains stories that Munro never included in her other collections--not memoirs exactly, but fiction drawing from a more autobiographical base. Everything comes full circle in the end, a fascinating blend of past and present. R.R. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

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AudioFile Reviews 2007 June/July
Acclaimed Canadian writer Alice Munro takes the facts of her family's emigration to Canada and turns the earlier parts into fiction, and the recent past into a tender memoir that offers a glimpse into her own part in that history. Kimberly Farr picks up the thread that Munro weaves, bringing a Scots accent and a harsh sparseness of emotion to Munro's early ancestors and gradually dropping both as they assimilate over the generations. Farr becomes the voice for family members as they struggle in the New World and easily transitions into contemporary times as she recounts Munro's cancer scare. Farr is the perfect match for this exquisite writing. H.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

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BookPage Reviews 2007 February
Hardships, joys and sorrows

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. Copyright 2007 BookPage Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 January #5

The beauty of Munro's writing is greatly enhanced by audio. Farr is a fine reader in every respect but oneâ€"her precise pronunciation of each syllable of every word is often distracting and impedes the flow of Munro's conversational prose, so integral a part of her literary achievement. Otherwise, Farr is an intelligent and expressive reader admirably able to handle a variety of characters and accents. Munro's characters and settings have always come out of her rural Canadian upbringing, but this time she fuses autobiography with fiction. The form arises from a conscious search for roots, for family history derived from journals, letters, town records, cemeteries, distant relatives and close neighbors in Scotland, Canada and the U.S. Each selected story is unabridged, and most of the exclusions are the more biographical ones, though the book is not so long that any needed to be cut. As always, Munro's remarkable insights and exquisite storyteller's voice come through, echoing our need to discover and connect to our own dead people, and therefore to life. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 25). (Dec.)

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