Atwood wrote what reads like an authentic 19th-century Victorian novel that is permeated by Gothic suggestions. This is a solid and weighty novel. Inspired by the true story of an Irish immigrant in the American continent, the author tells the story of a convict whose imprisonment is the focus of the plot. The bottom line is that this is the story of a woman and of her personality. After finishing what was a long and demanding read, if nothing else because of the number of pages I went through at a busy time of my life, I find that I cannot bring myself to like the novel in its entirety. The pace is slow at times, which gave me a feeling of restlessness - not something I like to feel when I read for leisure. Period novels, chunky novels perfect to dive into, with a limited number of characters that are analysed to the highest degree, are my staple diet, my favourite diet in fact. It was not so for 'Alias Grace'. It didn't flow as easily as I would have thought. However, Atwood's powerful descriptive writing is fantastic. Grace's habits, her quilt sewing, her innermost reflections upon looking at the fruit and vegetables Simon Jordan brings day in day out. The novel also touches on the ideas of guilt and innocence, supposed madness and criminality, gender, the class system and its differences. I had previously tried to read another novel by Atwood (The Blind Assassin) to no avail. I feel I achieved something by finishing this one....Continua
I love it!. And the author lives in my neighbourhood!