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review 2018-03-28 15:01
#20 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. It was a weird and disturbing read. I often felt anxious and not at ease while reading this book. 

I was not a fan of the writing style, it was just an endless stream of comments and stories and it is really not the kind of writing I like. I was sometimes confused, the dialogues were not written as such, without quotations marks etc. But I think it was important to the purpose of the story and it added a touch of authenticity. 

The topic of this book is really interesting and complex and it will leave you with a lot of thoughts. About women, mostly, but not only. I think I would have enjoyed immensely to read this book in high school and analyze it with the teacher and my classmates. It would have been really interesting and it would have helped me understand things that I did not fully comprehend. 

The plot was not particularly to my taste, but it definitely not what was important here. In the end, I really enjoyed this story and the ending was perfect. Such an open ending that will let you imagine a lot of different scenarios. However, I would have liked more insight on how things could have gone this far. How it was possible to let that happen. Even if, history will teach us that sometimes really crazy things can happen without you noticing it...

This story will definitely stick with me for a long time. 

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review 2015-07-17 01:46
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Stone Mattress( Nine Tales)[STONE MATTRESS][Hardcover] - MargaretAtwood

In these nine fantastical tales, murder is plotted, a woman searches for her husband in a fictional world, a girl is mistaken for a monster, and an angry mob torches a retirement community.

 

I’ve read almost all of Margaret Atwood’s short story collections, and Stone Mattress is one of my favorites. These stories feel more “genre” than Atwood’s other works, but it’s a refreshing change. I love the elements of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. The author definitely puts her unique (and hilarious) spin on the genres. It makes these stories feel both familiar and innovative.

 

Usually with short story collections, there are a few stories that I just don’t like. I can honestly say that I enjoyed everything in this book. It’s darkly funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously. As always, Atwood’s writing is poetic. The descriptions are vivid, and the characters have big personalities. I especially like that many of the protagonists are older retired people. I haven’t read many stories that focus on that stage of life.

 

All of the stories in this collection are great, but here are a few of my favorites:

 

In “Revenant,” a sex-obsessed elderly poet scares away the graduate student who comes to interview him about his ex-girlfriend’s novels. I think this is the funniest story in the collection.

 

In “Lusus Naturae,” a girl with a rare illness fakes her own death . . . then is later mistaken for an undead monster by the people in her town. This story reads like a fairytale. It’s a familiar tale, but Atwood’s writing is so strong and intelligent that it feels new.

 

In “Stone Mattress,” a woman goes on an Arctic cruise hoping to find love, but she ends up plotting the murder of a man who raped her fifty years ago. This is the story that I remember most from the collection. It’s funny, sad, and rich in symbolism. I was still thinking about it days after I read it.

 

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales is a great addition to my big collection of Margaret Atwood books. I’m looking forward to whatever she writes next.

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