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.
Shades of Magic : Book 1 Group read with Fantasy Favourites. Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the […]
Book one of The Dagger and the Coin Read because of Carl’s Group Read The prologue of The dragon’s path hints at an ancient evil, at the end of the world, but for the rest of the book that fact gets very little attention. Instead we get to meet a variety of characters, from Marcus […]
Read for this year’s RIP event. Part of The Estella Society’s readalong, although a much delayed addition. The story opens with a happy scene at Hundreds Hall, our narrator is remembering how grand the house was. How impressive it was to a small child visiting from a poor family. Thirty years later when Doctor Faraday […]
For this, the final part of the group read, Carl wanted us to share our to share our thoughts in a more general way rather than ask for answer any specific questions. I really enjoyed my read, although I didn’t participate in the group part as much as I had hoped. I was didn’t get […]
I may have been late last week, but for part 2 I’m all caught up. This week’s read covers chapters 6 through 12, so there will be spoilers. Chapter 6 begins with Richard chanting the mantra, “I want to go home”. How do you feel about Richard and his reactions at this point to the […]
As is my norm for these group reads I am behind schedule. I should have been posting this on Monday, but here I am, typing away on a Thursday. Nevertheless, I shall press on :) Better late than never, isn’t that right. There will be spoilers up to the end of chapter 5 What do […]
This is the final week of our group read of The Lantern, and it was a really good experience. First off because I don’t think I would have read this one without the group prompting me to. And Secondly because I thought about it a lot more than I otherwise would have. Hats off to […]
For week 2 we read parts 3 & 4. If you haven’t read these bits of the book then there are spoilers ahead. Questions this week are from Kailana; The title of this book is Or is it that they were all betrayed by the men they loved. As of yet I’m not sure about […]
When Carl first mentioned this group read I said I wouldn’t join in. I’m still on a no buying books kick so I knew I’d have to get it from the library. And we only got two copies and I thought it might be requested. But then it came in, and it wasn’t. So I […]
This is just a round-up post of my thoughts after week three of the Fragile things read. As with any short story collection some of the stories worked for me, and other didn’t. I tend to like the more traditional stories, where we have somewhat of a resolution or development. The more open-ended and experimental, […]
Spoilers The narrator starts this story by telling us that we can call him a bastard if we like, well I do like. And I don’t mean bastard in the parentage sense, I mean it in the horrible evil person sense. He is an amoral murderer. He calls himself loyal. But loyalty to an evil […]