Based on the true story of Grace Marks, an infamous murderer in Canada in the 1840’s, Atwood’s book uses different narrators to tell the story, as well as interspersing the story with extracts from other works. From poems, fiction, newspapers of the time, and other sources. Although this is based on the real story, Atwood has, of course, fictionalised a great deal of the novel.
The two narrators are Grace herself, who tells her story in the first person, past tense, and Simon Jordan, the doctor investigating her claims of insanity or innocence. His parts are told by a third person narrator, and are in the present tense.
I can still remember going to see this film in the cinema more than twenty years ago. It is one of those films that has always stayed with me. And what’s strange it that although I don’t think I have rewatched it too many times since then((once or twice tops I’d guess)) I remember so […]
Do you remember when it was a big deal when a film came on the telly? I can remember the hype around The Fugitive, not when it was in the cinema, but its first showing on Irish television. It was a huge deal. Everyone watched it. Everyone was talking about it the next day. How […]
When you read that a series of books are “brilliant and heartbreaking and made of awesome sauce and everybody should read them but go into them blind or you won’t get their full impact” (MartinWisse on Metafilter) well then you simply have to give the first book a try, don’t you? Well, I did and […]
Reread in April 2015 and it was just as good as I remembered. Original review from 22nd April 2006. ISBN: 0098461560 Trans from the French: David Bellos Yes again a cover influenced purchase, so I am glad to report that a good cover can lead to a good read too. I really enjoyed this book. […]
John Wick’s wife has just died. But its okay, she’s left him the gift of a puppy so that he’ll still have something to love. Because that what he needs, you see, something to love. But that something gets taken from him when Russian mobsters break into his house to steal his car, and while […]
Dan Shaper is a private investigator. He used to be a mob enforcer. He used to beat and batter and otherwise assault various people on behalf of his criminal bosses. But he got out of that life. Tragedy came calling and his crime family chose business over him and his revenge. But you don’t leave […]
Part of my 2015 Sci-Fi Experience. Made in the mid-nineties this is a film set in the final few days of 1999. It’s a sort of a dystopian film in that society has certainly gone downhill, although it hasn’t yet reached end of the world or total breakdown. Not as the film opens at any […]
Tucker Gibbons, lawman, is in pursuit of some criminals. He has been tracking them for months, ever since they raped and murdered his neighbours. It is his last fugitive hunt. After he finds them and takes them into custody he is determined to commit suicide. His wife and child have died and he does not […]
Based on the true story of Frank Serpico, this is the story of a police officer who turns whistleblower and ends up exposing a lot of police corruption in the NYPD in the 1960s and 70s. The films tells his story from when he joined the police force through the sixties, up to his shooting […]
Read originally 19/07/2010. Reread June 2014 On my reread I enjoyed it just as much as the first time round, if not more. Wodehouse has that wonderful way of poking fun of people but somehow managing to do it without any nastiness. Original review below ISBN: 0140050361 Horace Appleby is a criminal, specialising in “inside […]
Have you seen 21 Jump Street? The film, not the tv show? Did you enjoy it? If so you’ll probably enjoy this one too. Schmidt and Jenko and back, but this time at college, and everything is just like the first mission, only more expensive! There’s them being undercover cops. There’s drugs. There’s buddies and […]