Stories: from the View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro


Audiobook.  These short stories were written over the years by Alice
Munro but held out from her other compilations because they were based
on material she found about one side of her family named Laidlaw.  They
came to America from an obscure part of Scotland called the Ettrick
valley, described in a 1779 description of Scotland as having "no
advantages."  The stories arose from the detailed letters written by members of
the various generations or from situations she found about them;
"their words and my words" as she says.  Rarely is a "family history"
so artful. 

Before they left Scotland, they went to Edinburgh and visited Castle Rock.  

Here are two views from Castle Rock and a view of Castle Rock taken during our 2005 visit to Edinburgh.

View of Arthur's Seat


Calton Hill in the distance


Entrance to Castle Rock


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