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HILARY MANTEL is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers In these ten bracingly transgressive tales all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged ushering concealed horrors into the light Childhood cruelty is pla. In those days the doorbell didn t ring often and if it did I would draw back into the body of the house Only at a persistent ring would I creep over the carpets and make my way to the front door with its spy hole We were big on bolts and shutters deadlocks and mortises safety chains and windows that were high and barred Through the spy hole I saw a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit thirties Asian He had dropped back from the door and was looking about him at the closed and locked door opposite and up the dusty marble stairs He patted his pockets took out a balled up handkerchief and rubbed it across his face He looked so fraught that his sweat could have been tears I opened the doorA dark combination of delicious gloomy short stories by Hilary Mantel All stories feature women in the main role and these are not happy stories Every story immediately plunges into a rather disturbing gloomy sad or weird uncertain situation unclear how it is going to end Easy to read most stories fascinating Really enjoyed this one The stories were already published separately over the years first one from 1993 most stories in The Guardian and The London Review of Books For those who like a disturbing bewildering read of short stories recommended First story Sorry to Disturb features a woman in an apartment in Saudi Arabia her husband stationed there for work She takes medicine clearly is not really well and somewhat depressed and one day there s a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit Thirties Asian ringing the doorbell And it is the start of a stalking story I read Mantel lived in Saudi Arabia also so undoubtedly her experiences sound through in this story Loved this collection of stories Spieserye one Feral of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers In these ten bracingly transgressive tales all her gifts Krismis van Map Jacobs of characterisation and Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods observation are fully engaged ushering concealed horrors into the light Childhood cruelty is pla. In those days the doorbell didn t ring Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche often and if it did I would draw back into the body Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of the house Only at a persistent ring would I creep Mensa Riddles Conundrums over the carpets and make my way to the front door with its spy hole We were big Julie of the Wolves on bolts and shutters deadlocks and mortises safety chains and windows that were high and barred Through the spy hole I saw a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit thirties Asian He had dropped back from the door and was looking about him at the closed and locked door The Right Swipe opposite and up the dusty marble stairs He patted his pockets took Touched out a balled up handkerchief and rubbed it across his face He looked so fraught that his sweat could have been tears I Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa opened the doorA dark combination Ugly Fish of delicious gloomy short stories by Hilary Mantel All stories feature women in the main role and these are not happy stories Every story immediately plunges into a rather disturbing gloomy sad The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives or weird uncertain situation unclear how it is going to end Easy to read most stories fascinating Really enjoyed this Little Gods one The stories were already published separately Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 one from 1993 most stories in The Guardian and The London Review The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of Books For those who like a disturbing bewildering read Sylvia Pankhurst of short stories recommended First story Sorry to Disturb features a woman in an apartment in Saudi Arabia her husband stationed there for work She takes medicine clearly is not really well and somewhat depressed and Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts one day there s a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit Thirties Asian ringing the doorbell And it is the start Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of a stalking story I read Mantel lived in Saudi Arabia also so undoubtedly her experiences sound through in this story Loved this collection The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of stories

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Hobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road on a Greek island these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit Displaying all of Mantel's unmistakable style and wit they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powe. This started out as a 4 or perhaps even 5 star book but dwindled down to three stars in the endI love Hilary Mantel s writing I found her rather confusing in Wolf Hall even though the power of narrative could not be denied by the time I read Bring Up the Bodies I had got attuned to her peculiar way of writing and was enjoying the style Mantel uses the English language in surprising ways and her sentences sometimes move in mysterious ways though always grammatically correct Similes and idioms jump out of the pages when least expected and surprise and sometimes startle you This collection is also no exceptionThese stories are for the most part dark and dismal and attempt to portray the seething underbelly of modern society It lifts up the polished stone of our civilised world and reveals the worms and bugs crawling beneath It may put one off if one prefers pleasanter literary fare however being the twisted freak that I am thematically these were right up my street What let me down was mainly the sameness It could all be the same story humanity is a mess Yes we know it now let s move onThe title story was easily the weakest for me I am no fan of Margaret Thatcher and I feel I d not have been too disappointed if the event had really happened at the time as a leftist I was pro IRA and anti England in the early eighties during my college days I guess I was expecting the story to debate heavy political and philosophical issues but it skirted all of them and ended up as a damp suib of alternative historyThere are two stories which are autobiographical I felt Sorry to Disturb and How Shall I Know You Both were powerful in showing the author s paranoia and sickness possible hypochondriasis I felt along with her as I am also afflicted by the same demons In the first story Mantel gives a factually if not politically correct portrait of Saudi society as far as the expat is concerned the subtle racism and misogyny I know I worked there for a year In the second story her anxiety at being trapped in a dismal hotel in an unfamiliar city reminded me of the time when I had to stay a night in lonely lodge in Dehra Dun in North India with only a housekeeper cum cook cum general dogsbody for company with dogs howling through the night in the vast grounds However I think this story is laced with a bit of class contempt which jarsOf the remaining stories I enjoyed Comma and Winter Break and though not enjoyable reading The Heart Fails Without Warning was also powerful The newly added story The School of English is a worthy attempt to touch on the plight of foreign domestic workers in affluent countries though I felt that it was not very effective Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts or Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts on a precarious mountain road The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series on a Greek island these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses Book of Isms of the spirit Displaying all バガボンド 1 of Mantel's unmistakable style and wit they reveal a great writer at the peak Расул Гамзатов Стихи of her powe. 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Yed out behind the bushes in 'Comma'; nurses clash in 'Harley Street' over something than professional differences; and in the title story staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting gameWhether set in a claustrop. I read this for a mixture of rather weak reasons 1 I was out for the day and unexpectedly finished the book I had with me so went to a second hand charity bookshop2 I didn t want to start a novel as I had a meaty one waiting at home short stories seemed ideal3 I relished the shock of my mother when I told her what I was readingIt was a reasonably varied and diverting collection but I won t be rushing to read another Mantel A couple have dashes of magical realism and there s a nod to the vogue for vampires A couple would be exciting and rewarding with titles that weren t spoilersUNSAVOURYAlthough I don t share my mother s visceral horror at the title of the collection the overwhelming feeling was one of unpleasantness In particular there were many snide asides about class and race In some cases they were perhaps appropriate for the time place and characters who uttered them but that doesn t apply to How Shall I Know You Overall for stories published in 2014 I was left with a nasty taste in my mouthSHATTERED AND UNSEEING UNINVITED GUESTSEvery one of the ten stories features something that is not seen or should not be seen I ve included a uote for each and most had glass shattered in a dramatic way The first and last stories have a woman alone in a flat who has an unexpected and potentially sinister visitor And a character in another story is Mr Simister I could get profound about this but I didn t really care enough to go beyond noticing these recurring ideasTHE STORIESSorry to DisturbSet in Saudi Arabia in 1983 and apparently somewhat autobiographical An expat wife has been made helpless by the society around me so is effectively confined to her housing block making it hard to close the door on the persistent but not entirely welcome Pakistani man of uncertain motives She s on medication that causes occasional hallucinations the title refers to the doorbell but also her state of mind Even after all this time it s hard to grasp exactly what happenedAs a woman one was always observed without precisely being seen Invisibility was a sign of respectCommaThe eight year old narrator and forbidden friend Mary aged 10 and from a less respectable family go exploring in a lazy hot summer In particular there is a rich family s house with a secret The final page has a flurry of gratuitous punctuation analogies to match the titleHiding in a bush she looked straight at us but did not seeThe Long TThis opens He was forty five when his marriage ended decisively and he s at a party snogging a neighbour But the marriage doesn t end the way you might expect her eyes had already glazedWinter BreakA controlling husband very anti children takes an annual winter holiday with his wife This has a twist but it s flagged rather too obviously for my tasteA taxi driver turning to reverse the car stared past her unseeingHarley StreetNarrated by a disaffected meeter and greeter at a Harley Street clinic it was like a sub Alan Bennett monologue Patients look right through me but when the patients come in I seem to see straight though them to the boneOffences Against the PersonA teenager is working at her father s law firm alongside his mistress DullHis eyes passed over me but he didn t seem to see meHow Shall I Know YouThis seems heavily autobiographical An author reluctantly accepts an invitation to speak at a small literary society in the 1990s She doesn t have a good word to say about anywhere or anyone observing her audience many had beards including the women She prefers to go without an evening meal than risk an additional encounter with literary society membersShe repeatedly comments on the yellow skin of a girl who works at the guest house and mentions three female authors for no obvious reasons Rowling Byatt and Brookner On a lighter note when asked about her literary influences I replied with my usual list of obscure indeed non existent Russians and another time invented a Portuguese writer I didn t look her in the face embarrassed about giving a generous tipThe Heart Fails Without WarningSisters aged 11 and 14 the elder of whom has anorexia The whole household enmeshed in multiple deception a father who busies himself with work and was no than a shadow in their lives a mother who thinks a full length mirror will help a sister jealous of the attention and a school who wants her to stay away because it has a competitive ethos and fears mass fatalities if the other girls decide to competeWhen she looks in a mirror God knows what she seesTerminusI saw my dead father on a train is a good opening After that it s dull despite potentially intriguing uestions is experience always in the pastI had happened to see a thing I should never have seen and his look was turning inwardsThe Assassination of Margaret ThatcherThis tries to be provocative profound and funny with thoughts of alternative history and alternative reality History could always have been otherwise It didn t really deliver for meHe had not looked at me before not to see meWhen she comes out of the eye hospital will she be able to seeNeither in nor out of the house visible but not seenUOTES I closed the door discreetly and melted into the oppressive hush I spent two hours with my neighbour widening the cultural gap I admired these diaspora Asians their polyglot enterprise the way they withstood rebuffs and I wanted to see if she was Western or Eastern or what Eating out was a gesture than a pleasure without wine and its rituals there was nothing to slow it Furniture is frolicking in the dark The hottest summer that bleached adults of their purpose each day a sun like a child s painted sun burned in a sky made white with heat Laundry hung like flags of surrender from washing lines Her face in early middle age had become indefinite like wax waiting for a pinch and a twist to make its shape She did not like parties that involved open doors Strangers might come in wasps It was too easy to stand on the threshold neither here nor there A tiny chime hung in the air as the glasses shivered in her fingers the glass exploded She sunk into the shards as smoothly as if they were satin as if they were snow and the limestone gleamed around her an ice field each tile with its swollen pillowed edge each with a shadow pattern faint as breath We dress for the weather we want as if to bully it even though we ve seen the forecast He drove very fast treating each serve of the road as a personal insult She could feel Phil s opinions backing up behind his teeth A bed of geraniums so scarlet as if the earth had bled through the pavements I saw Guardsmen wilting in symmetry Having been a brittle person she became flexible by taking up yoga when her husband left An area where the dustbins had wheels but the cars were stacked on bricks A face of feral sweetness A polytechnic is for those who were bright enough to say affinity but still wore cheap nylon coats


10 thoughts on “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

  1. says:

    Oh what a nice surprise I didn't expect her to be funny Sly wit and careful attention I must read

  2. says:

    “She lives on the fumes of whiskey and the iron in the blood of her prey” The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Mantel Seriously anytime I fantasize about writing a book I read a Hilary Mantel novel and become discouraged Reading Mantel is like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Federer play tennis or back in the day watching Ti

  3. says:

    In those days the doorbell didn't ring often and if it did I would draw back into the body of the house Only at a persistent ring woul

  4. says:

    I read this for a mixture of rather weak reasons 1 I was out for the day and unexpectedly finished the book I had with me so went to a second hand charity bookshop2 I didn't want to start a novel as I had a meaty one waitin

  5. says:

    The title alone should be enough to give a reader pause not to mention the cover of a headless woman holding a dead rose an indicati

  6. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewReality behind the surface Literature The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary MantelThis is my first Mantel I’ve been postponing reading the first two volumes of the Cromwell trilogy waiting for the third volume to come out predictably in 2016 One does not tackle

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    Mantel eerily observant and wickedly funny is a strange combination of self conscious fear and lashing wit Faced with her precision I am reduced to the inarticulate a laugh a sigh a whispered outbreath G’olSometimes she uses just a word an adjective or a verb that brings a smile a wince a world to life “At six the steeple headed Saleem had lost his baby fat and his movements were tentative as if his limb

  8. says:

    This started out as a 4 or perhaps even 5 star book but dwindled down to three stars in the endI love Hilary Mantel's writing I found her rather confusing in Wolf Hall even though the power of narrative could not be denied; by the time I read Bring Up the Bodies I had got attuned to her peculiar way of writing and was enjoying the

  9. says:

    Hilary Mantel had written many books among them two long historical novels which both have won the Booker Prize Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies making her one of the few authors to win the Booker twice and the only woman to do so I can't speak about them as I haven't read them yet but when I saw this collection I thought that it was finally time to get acuainted The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is Hilary Mantel's second collection o

  10. says:

    The only disappointing thing I can see about this book is that the title isn't true

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