The View from Castle Rock

The View from Castle Rock - Alice Munro I looked forward to my daily commutes every day that I had this book with me, and did not begrudge carrying the hardback. The early stories set in Scotland (my own background) and immigrant Ontario (history of Ontario is my professional milieu) were of particular interest. If I had any complaint, and it is my own personal difficulty with short story collections, I found the constantly rolling cast of characters hard to keep track of - indeed, I would have the same difficulty with my own genealogy, let alone someone else's! When Munro's "I" enters the picture as the unifying force in the stories set in her lifetime, things got a little easier. But abandoning the ultimately fruitless attempt to see an overarching structure, I lived in the moment created by Munro's clear, vivid prose and enjoyed myself immensely.