Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro

Dance of the Happy Shades

Alice Munro

240 pages first pub 1968 (editions)

fiction short stories dark reflective medium-paced


Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. In these dazzling stories she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow existe...

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Community Reviews Summary of 177 reviews


reflective 93%
emotional 53%
challenging 20%
dark 20%
sad 13%
tense 13%
hopeful 6%
relaxing 6%


medium 66%
slow 26%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 85% | A mix: 14%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 30% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 55% | No: 22% | Yes: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 11%

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