Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man's dream and a woman"s nightmare.
She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz andd Charis are there for the funeral.
But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; 'with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation', Zenia is back...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 13/10/1994
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853817229
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Review by summonedbyfells
I am a great admirer of MA’s writing particularly her clever inventive use of metaphor; her textured similes, the aptness and effortless ease of her tropic grace, a writer of quality rarely compromised by quantity, though for me; sadly, The Robber Bride is just too long for the intrinsic drama of the story. The contrast in characterisation between Zenia, - sparse, and her victims: Tony Roz & Charis – abundant, disrupts a sense of balance between protagonists. I would have enjoyed more from Zenia, would have preferred to wonder less about how she thought through her motives, would have liked to have seen more of her through her own mind, which may have provided a bit more substance to her rather limp exit. For me the whole amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
Review by cherien
This isn't my usual sort of book, and it took me a long time to get into it. I enjoyed the strong structure and the insight into the different characters. But I found the choices that the characters made to be difficult to accept. I look for powerful heroes - these women were disapointing to me because they were so real, so human.
Review by SimoneA
The Robber Bride tells the story of three women, who have in common that their men were 'stolen' by Xenia. Xenia is believed to be dead, but shows up in these women's lives again. As a reader, we get to see flashbacks tot their past experience with Xenia for each of the women. Then, we see the present through each of their views. It's definitely a clever, well written book, which I enjoyed reading. I have to say, though, that all the women were a bit too much, leaning towards caricatures of themselves. However, I still found the Robber Bride a fascinating book, which I would recommend to Atwood fans.
Review by Vivl
I found this fascinating and extremely moving, but was not compelled to re-read it immediately, as I was with <i>The Blind Assassin</i>. That's a rather high standard to hold it up to, however, and I certainly believe this book is worth more than 4 stars. Margaret Atwood's intense understanding and affection for her characters, even, in the end, the nastiest of them, is inspiring. I wish I could feel such tolerance for the foibles of others!