Good Bones and Simple Murders

Good Bones and Simple Murders

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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  gotDraculaall 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  Murdersmarks the first time these  writings have been available in a trade edition in the  United States.
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, [1994]
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780385471107
0385471106
9780771008665
077100866X
Branch Call Number: ATW
Characteristics: viii, 164 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm

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Apr 22, 2016

My favorite stories were Unpopular Gals, the evil fairy tale characters explaining things from their point of view. Simmering, because how could you not like a world where men are judged by their cooking and carving knives. Happy Endings, an adventure into marriage and all the kinda happy endings you might get. Liking Men, for it's honest portrayal of rape. And Simple Murders just because.

KateHillier Nov 15, 2014

It's a little book but it is not a fast book. Margaret Atwood has given us little snapshots and scribblings of various things. Nothing is probably longer than ten pages so it seems fast and furious but there is a lot going on in all of them. Like most collections of anything there are some all stars and some that sort of fall flat but in this case all of them do make you think. The first story is probably the best for setting the tone - the reader is the victim and the writer is the murderer.

As is usual with Atwood there's a lot of meta and feminist themes going on in some of them. I love the story that's Gertrude's point of view of Hamlet, for example. It does quite tiring as you hit the end of the volume though it does end on a high note almost as strong as the first story. Anyone who loves Atwood I'm sure will enjoy this, and I did enjoy most of it.

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