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The Robber Bride

By Margaret Atwood

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| Paperback | 9780385491037

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Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood bril Continue

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony,  

Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them.

To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy  commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book  Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

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    I just love Atwood! Nice interpretation of the history. Tony is my favorite character. Through Atwood's words I can picture her tiny but decisive face, and I really love how she puts those wars. All in all, nice book, vivid characters.

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    Very visual; very puzzling. Must read more Atwood.

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    Octoberon said on Apr 24, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    The Robber Bride

    This is a beautifully crafted story about three women the reader gets to know very well and one that remains an enigma throughout. I was drawn in from the start to the finish.

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    This is not one of the books people talk about, when they discuss about Margaret Atwood. They always comment on The Handmais'd Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake. Well, I have to say I find The Robber Bride to be superior to the latter, althoug ...(continue)

    This is not one of the books people talk about, when they discuss about Margaret Atwood. They always comment on The Handmais'd Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake. Well, I have to say I find The Robber Bride to be superior to the latter, although less famous - or should I say popular?
    The Robber Bride is, in my opinion, on of the best Atwood's novels. It is surprising how it describes the way people get to be dependent on other people: how women can depend on their men, how friends can depend on each other, how children can depend on adults' figures, even if they're not as good as they appear.
    The characters in Atwood books are often solitary, if not lonely. They are people not always understood by the ones who love them, or who say to love them. And, among their characters, I particularly felt close to the three women that in this novel share their lives and destinies with the "evil" Zenia, who is nothing but another lonely person that only knows a way not to feel lonely: stealing other women's men...

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    Miss Piggott said on Aug 1, 2007 | 1 feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 528 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0385491034
  • ISBN-13: 9780385491037
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • Publish date: 1998-01-20
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 838 mm x 1,289 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Audio Cassette , Library Binding , Unbound , eBook
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