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Alice Munro won't let her Nobel go to her head — that's why she's a true Canadian writer

Just because the author is understated doesn't mean she's overrated

19 October 2013

9:00 AM

19 October 2013

9:00 AM

Canadians, like the English, are known for our tendency to apologise. The difference is, we actually mean it. Our modesty is not false. Our inferiority complex is not a polite, self-deprecating joke. We really do feel inferior. And we really are sorry. Sorry for taking up so much space for so few people.

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Leah McLaren is a columnist for the Globe and Mail in Toronto, and the author of the novel The Continuity Girl.

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