I have an inkling that Alice Munro does not write of men who have significant and lasting relationships with other men. Curiously her capacity to examine relationships as a whole is so acute and perceptive, why this is so is mysterious. Her men appear to be solitary or only connect to other men mediated by their women. They often appear transient in their relationships. I must confess that I have only read about 20 of her short stories so far and I may be proven wrong in the end, but this is my conclusion so far. I mean this as no criticism but merely an observation that the capacity of men to have warm, meaningful, lasting relationships with one another is not part of her purview.
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