Good Bones and Simple Murders

Good Bones and Simple Murders

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A collection of short works includes parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, and reconfigured fairy tales

Blackwell North Amer
In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays the trademark wit and virtuosity of her bestselling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the miniatures 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 home-economist methods of making a man. There are parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fictions, reconfigured fairy tales, and other diminutive masterpieces - punctuated with charming illustrations by the author.

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., c1994
ISBN: 9781568951720
1568951728
Characteristics: vi, 169 p. (large print) : ill. ; 24 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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