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Alias Grace (Literature)
Grace Marks is an Irish young woman growing up in Canada. Grace survived a harrowing voyage from Ireland to Canada and she has survived extreme poverty with her inept and sometimes abusive father. She works as a maid in wealthy families, cleaning and cooking. Eventually, she comes to work for Thomas Kinnear. She is accused of murdering Kinnear and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, and is sent to the Kingston Penitentiary. Many years after her conv...
Alias Grace (Biography)
In 1843, Grace Marks was tried for the murders of her employer Thomas Kinnear, and his mistress Nancy Montgomery. James McDermot, also a servant in the house at the time, was tried and hanged. Grace was sentanced to life in prison. Little is actually known about her life, and the two accused gave 5 different stories during the trial. Using material from the time - newspaper reports, observations, Doctor's letters etc, Margaret Atwood has pieced together ...
Margaret Atwood's “The Blind Assassin” has recently been named this year's Booker Prize winner, and what an undertaking it is! Hailed as one of her best already, be prepared for quite a ride in this novel, which is really a novel-within-a-novel. But no matter. Both are worth your time! Complicated, yes; convoluted, yes; well-written, yes! It is told in first person by Iris, the older sister, and set in 1945. Iris has witnessed her younger sis...
Cat's eye, the ninth of Atwood's novels, is the story of Elaine Risley, a successful painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her childhood. Most of the novel flashes back to her childhood and focuses on the relationships she had, particularly the relationship between herself and a girl named Cordelia. Cordelia and the other girls teased and tortured her so much that Elaine loses all her self self-esteem and adopts bad habits, such as peeling her ...
In Margaret Atwood's 1972 novel, a young woman returns to the remote island in Quebec where she grew up. Her father has disappeared and she brings two friends (a married couple) and her estranged boyfriend to search for him. Over the course of a week, they search for traces of him while the narrator uncovers suppressed pieces of her past. The marriage between her friends begins to erode as their supplies dwindle and American tourists invade the pristi...
The Edible Woman
Marian is a woman in her twenties who has a normal life. She graduated from college and now works for a company that administers consumer surveys. Marian has recently begun going out with a handsome young man named Peter and she seems content with what she has. Her roommate is another young woman named Ainsley who has a job testing toothbrushes. Together, they share an apartment in the upstairs of a house, and they have to deal with a nosy and conser...
The Handmaid's Tale
The story is told through the eyes of a "handmaid" whose name is unknown to us, though she is refered to as "Offred" meaning Of Fred. She is part of a society called the Republic of Gilead that has taken over what would now be known as Massachussets. It is a theocratic society that has effectively removed the rights of women to the point where they have no purpose other than child rearing or in some cases house cleaning/maintenance. ...
The Robber Bride
The story starts off with Tony, Roz, and Charis meeting in a restaurant as they have been doing ever since the death of Zenia. They all went to college together and although they all have different personalities and interests, they have one thing in common: all their lives were affected by Zenia. One day, while dining at the restaurant, they spot Zenia entering . The person that they thought that had disappeared from their lives forever and th...
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