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 217 reviews


reflective 95%
emotional 50%
challenging 20%
dark 20%
hopeful 10%
sad 10%
tense 10%
funny 5%
informative 5%
relaxing 5%


medium 65%
slow 20%
fast 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 76% | A mix: 23%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 57% | Yes: 28% | No: 14%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 53% | Yes: 30% | No: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 58% | Yes: 33% | It's complicated: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 7%

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