EccentricMuse

Eccentric Musings (jakaEM)

"I have undergone sharp discipline which has taught me wisdom; and then, I have read more than you would fancy." Emily Brontë

 

still figuring this place out - Jen W

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Friend of My Youth
Alice Munro
Progress: 115/288 pages
Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood Ahh, this is Ms Atwood at her most skewering. Grace possesses a remarkable voice. She is an enigma, but more, she is a litmus test. As she sits and sews, quietly telling her story, she lures others to reveal their own weaknesses. Grace is the great equalizer between the empowered and the powerless. It's really a novel of hypocrisy and duplicity -- but whose? And, if Grace -- impoverished, abused and Irish; without a friend in the world -- is guilty; what are the gentry - the gentlemen doctors, the vicars and the governors who sit and hear her tale, passing judgment on her?

I love this novel. I think it's a marvel of seething subtlety and of Atwood's mastery at getting the voice and the details just exactly right.