The worlds that Alice Munro creates in her stories are bound largely by the landscape of Southwestern Ontario during the author’s lifetime, and by the people who inhabit that landscape. This might seem like a narrow canvas, but Ms Munro’s insight into her characters’ minds and hearts, her illumination of human emotion and human deception, places her among the truly great. Many had long suspected she would earn a Nobel prize before the award was announced earlier today. Her talent is no secret. And yet there is a nearly miraculous quality of revelation in her work.