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In Alias Grace bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating disturbing and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth centuryGrace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vici Sometimes I whisper it over to myself Murderess Murderess It rustles like a taffeta skirt along the floor Highlight of 2017 for meA pure gem That is Alias Grace for me Another grand work of Margaret Atwood Atwood described as one of the most brilliant and unpredictable novelists alive Literary Reviewand also A witty elegant generous and patient writer I would say a strong minded self willed wayward writer sometimes also dark and ruthless This story keeps you hooked from beginning to end following Grace Marks in her troubled life A colourful multifaceted and intriguing story that keeps you reading for than 500 pages This is how Atwood describes the story outline in her Author s Afterword which I recommend everyone to read in full About Grace is a work of fiction although it is based on reality Its central figure Grace Marks was one of the most notorious Canadian women of the 1840s having been convicted of murder at the age of sixteen The Kinnear Montgomery murders took place on July 23 1843 and were extensively reported not only in Canadian newspapers but in those of the United States and Britain The details were sensational Grace Marks was uncommonly pretty and also extremely young Nancy Montgomery had previously given birth to an illegitimate child and was Thomas Kinnear s mistress at her autopsy she was found to be pregnant Grace and her fellow servant James McDermott had run away to the US together and were assumed by the press to be loversThe trial was held in early November Only the Kinnear murder was tried McDermott was hanged in front of a huge crowd on November 21 but opinion about Grace was divided from the start and due to the efforts of her lawyer and a group of respectable gentlemen petitioners who pleaded her youth the weakness of her sex and her supposed witlessness her sentence was commuted to life She continued to be written about over the course of the century and she continued to polarize opinion Attitudes towards her reflected contemporary ambiguity about the nature of women was Grace a female fiend and temptress the instigator of the crime and the real murderer of Nancy Montgomory or was she an unwilling victim forced to keep silent by McDermott s threats and by fear of her own life So this story takes you in than 500 pages in a uiet pace through the life of Grace and a variety of characters surround her in the progress of the story Including the fascinating Dr Jordan who comes into play to assess Grace and in that process we witness his struggle and moral declineAs Atwood says in her afterword she stayed with the historical facts but there were gaps there or unclaritiesvarious versions and in 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Ous murders of her employer Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery his housekeeper and mistress Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane Now serving a life sentence Grace claims to have no memory of the murdersDr Simon Jordan an up and coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a gro I felt about Alias Grace the same way I did about probably half of Atwood s novels I ve read so far I just didn t fully get it Nobody conveys Life ain t easy for a woman message as well as Atwood Past present future the living is rough for women It is particularly unpleasant for Grace Marks a young servant girl in mid 19th century Canada accused of murdering her employer and his housekeeper with the help of her co worker and alleged paramour and who is locked up first in an insane asylum and then prison Atwood finds a way to explore plenty of issues from a feminist standpoint here poverty servitude sexual repression violence insanity and does is marvelouslyWhat didn t work for me was Grace s story itself Evidently this real life criminal case got a lot of attention back in a day Was Grace a cunning murderess Or did her supposed lover force her to participate in this gruesome crime Did she make up her convenient memory loss People speculated about this 150 years ago without coming to any definitive conclusion Atwood doesn t give any answers in her fictionalized version either After establishing Grace s character so well the author failed in my eyes to come up with a convincing solution to the mystery or a believable motivation for either scenario If Grace was in fact the evil murderess why did she desire to kill her master And if her co conspirator was in charge what was his reason I never understood thisI appreciate ambiguity on fiction but what is the point of reconstructing a crime examining it if you do not give any opinion as to what actually took place Frustrating

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Up of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories Is Grace a female fiend A bloodthirsty femme fatale Or is she the victim of circumstances From the Trade Paperback edition if we were all on trial for our thoughts we would all be hanged the year is 1843 and grace marks has been arrested and convicted for her alleged involvement in two murders she is only 16 years old and will spend the next 29 years incarcerated but what would possess a young girl to commit such a crime and why did she give three conflicting confessions of what happened was it a crime of passion or unfortunate circumstancesthe answers to these uestions is exactly what dr jordan hopes to discover as the doctor prompts graces memories the reader is immersed in a story surrounded by sex violence and insubordination with the uncomfortable realisation that not everything is so black and whiteatwood is a very thorough storyteller its evident by reading this that atwood has exhausted all sources when researching grace marks and that tragic day in history and whilst the subject matter is hauntingly gripping my only complaint it this is a little dry its a long expos of graces character and is very slow at times especially when recounting her early life almost to the point where i become emotionally deattached from everything that was happening but i cant deny that this dramatic tale is thought provoking as much as it is entertaining its a definite must read for those who enjoy the true crime of historical fiction 35 stars


10 thoughts on “Alias Grace

  1. says:

    ”All the same Murderess is a strong word to have attached to you It has a smell to it that word musky and oppressive like dead flowers in a vase Sometimes at night I whisper it over to myself Murderess Murderess It rustle

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    Sometimes I whisper it over to myself Murderess Murderess It rustles like a taffeta skirt along the floor Highlight of 2017 for meA pure gem That is Alias Grace for me Another grand work of Margaret Atwood Atwood described as ‘one of the most brilliant and unpredictable novelists alive’ Literary Reviewand also ‘A witty elegant generous and patient writer’ I would say a strong minded self willed wayward writer sometimes als

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    Working with patches Patchwork Putting together various pieces of material that already existed and joining them into a new designThis is the theme that Margaret Atwood has developed through her novel and I am not making this up for the sake of my review Her concluding paragraphs spoken by her heroine are about the patch

  4. says:

    ‘’and the real curse of Eve was having to put up with the nonsense of Adam who as soon as there was any trouble blamed it all on her’’Grace is a murderess She collaborated with her coworker to kill their master an

  5. says:

    I keep kicking myself for having ditched the Atwood Speaking Gala at AWP in Chicago this year 2012 The fierce literati kept the attendance so high that it was virtually as if Lady Gaga herself were to give a lectu

  6. says:

    I felt about Alias Grace the same way I did about probably half of Atwood's novels I've read so far I just didn't fully get it Nobody conveys Life ain't easy for a woman message as well as Atwood Past present future the living is rough for women It is particularly unpleasant for Grace Marks a young servant girl in mid 19th century

  7. says:

    ‘if we were all on trial for our thoughts we would all be hanged’ the year is 1843 and grace marks has been arrested and convicted for her alleged involvement in two murders she is only 16 years old and will spend the next 29 years incarcerated but what would possess a young girl to commit such a crime and why did she give three conflicting confessions of what happened was it a crime of passion or unfortunate circum

  8. says:

    If we were all on trial for our thoughts we would all be hanged When I first read Alias Grace I thought it was less relevant than her other almost prophetically painful novels I changed my mind Not immediately a

  9. says:

    Margaret Atwood occupies a strange nook in my heart She's become a bit of a chore lately as I'm including her in my senior honors thesis; on t

  10. says:

    So so good Alias Grace uestions the existence of an absolute truth Moreover how is what we think of as the truth informed by power structures specifically gender and class disparages Can someone who is deemed mad tell the truth Who do you believe when push comes to shove Even though this book was written in the

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