Alias Grace, Paperback
4 out of 5 (14 ratings)


Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks.

Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, ports.
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781860492594



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This unfolding story tells of a murder of a man and a woman through the eyes of one of the people accused of the deed. Interesting story but it did drag occasionally. The Story of the relationship between Grace and the doctor while he tries to find out what happened and she tries to understand what happened and the reasons behind the death, is the pivotal point of the story and interesting. Some of the tensions because of class issues is also interesting but occasionally belaboured.

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Margaret Atwood has a talent for describing truly cringe-worthy men without crossing the line to unreadable-ness. It's like a contest across her many books - which one of her male characters do you hate the most, even while wanting to read more about them.I've read Alias Grace before, 7 years ago, and I couldn't remember the resolution of the mystery until I got to the very end. I even read the last few paragraphs when I was near the end and still got it wrong. Does that say something about me or about the book?

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My favourite Atwood novel; an amazing tour-de-force. I think this book is irresistable, a perfect mix of fact and fiction, superb characterisations, a wonderful evocation of place and time and a perfect eye for the sensuousness of living. Atwood uses wonderful descriptions of inanimate objects; they become part of the story - living and breathing as much as the characters. There is a delicious ambiguity to nearly all the relationships between the characters in this novel (and, of course, the reader's understanding of them); a speciality of Atwood's and one that makes her books burn with suspense and revelation.

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An enoyable and well crafted book but there were a few moments when I remained unconvinced. I will perhaps have to re-read it before I give a full account.

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I quite like this type of book, when a story is written around a real life character. I've read a couple of these, including The History of the Kelly Gang (good), The girl with a Pearl Earring (bad). I think Margaret Atwood tends to research her books very well and the details of life for a servant girl where incredible interesting. Also written very convincingly.

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