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Wisdom Coupon: Alice Munro

From the 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Alice Munro.

Image by Andi Watson


“A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.”


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  1. John Tan says:

    The comments reminds me of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist; when he was locked up by Fagin after some supposedly serious transgression. I can picture Oliver shut in the shabby but once genteel room, and trying to look out of the windows that were all but barred up. I feel the boy’s emotions; and ‘Oliver Twist’ is certainly a story i can come back to time after time; and notice its slightly altered aspect. Hence, i suppose, great stories are like that, and this lends great pertinacity to the above quote, which is a great and true observation: it shows intellect framed in a purified way, and has wit, tempered to a fine point.

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