Saturday, 10 February 2018

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

"I could not shake the feeling that there was a doom on the house, and that some within were fated to die."

Hello fair reader, may I interest you in some more of the fine work of Ms Atwood? I had to push this up in the to be read pile so that I could finish it before watching the latest Netflix mini-series adaptation. Otherwise it is entirely likely I would have put this off to savour it at my leisure.  

Not that it makes for a particularly joyous read, given the subject matter, and yet the writing is exquisitely rendered and that elicits its own form of joy within. The way the story unfolds is  particularly interesting, as it shifts from first to third person, offering very different perspectives.

Convicted murderer Grace Marks is a historical figure that takes the lead in this tale. While imprisoned, Grace is allowed to work in the home of the prisoner's governor as a servant. It is here where she is questioned by psychiatrist, Dr. Jordan who attempts to ascertain her guilt or innocence. He gets more than he bargains for, becoming somewhat taken with the subject matter. Who could blame him, Grace is such an intriguing creature. Is she a somnambulist or a vicious killer? The story never really lets on and therein lies some of its appeal. Still there's always a willing landlady to take your frustrations out on.

Well I shouldn't give too much away about the story. Far more interesting for you to discover yourself. Go on, grab yourself a copy, you won't be disappointed.

 5 out of 5 history always makes for an interesting tale.

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