Good Bones and Simple Murders
In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a... show more
In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a piece of her mind, the real truth about the Little Red Hen, a reincarnated bat explaining how Bram Stoker got Dracula all wrong, and the five methods of making a man (such as the "Traditional Method": "Take some dust off the ground. Form. Breathe into the nostrils the breath of life. Simple, but effective!") There are parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, reconfigured fairy tales, and other miniature masterpieces--punctuated with charming illustrations by the author. A must for her fans, and a wonderful gift for all who savor the art of exquisite prose, Good Bones And Simple Murders marks the first time these writings have been available in a trade edition in the United States.
Publish date: November 6th 2001
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Pages no: 164
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
I think it's a curious coincidence (and also quite fitting) that I started reading this right about the same time I (finally) started listening to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.It's been over ten years since I first encountered Atwood's story "Happy Endings," and it has stuck with me. It was act...
This was like a peek into Atwood riffing on ideas, plots, themes. It was like she was auditioning them, seeing what she could do with them, exercising them, putting them through their paces, marking them off with a stopwatch -- go! Wonderful.
Atwood at her funniest. I loved the first half more than the rest of it simply because it was funnier. I was in the mood for funny things and reading about how you can bake or sew yourself your man went inside better than the dark stuff afterwards. I know even the hilarious parts have deeper meaning...