June 17th, 2014

Alias Grace


This is my next must read book for the summer, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.  The blurb on the back of the book says the following:

'Sometimes I whisper it over to myself; Murderess.Murderess.  It rustles like a taffeta skirt along the floor.'

Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extrodinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.

"Brilliant...Atwood's prose is searching.  So intimate it seems to be written on the skin." - Hilary Mantel Literary Review

I read the opening excerpt last academic year and was hooked, vowing that I would invest time reading it, especially when sometimes I have to read around a subject in class.  It appears to be a good compare/contrast piece of work.  Plus, to my absolute glee, Atwood appears to be the mistress of the dystopian novel, so I will probably add Oryx and Crake to my collection. Below is an excerpt from the novel - I especially love the Peonies/Blood metaphor.

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