Good Bones and Simple Murders

Good Bones and Simple Murders

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by Margaret Atwood
     
 

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In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a piece of her mind, the real truth about the Little Red Hen, a reincarnated bat… See more details below

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In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a piece of her mind, the real truth about the Little Red Hen, a reincarnated bat explaining how Bram Stoker got Dracula all wrong, and the five methods of making a man (such as the "Traditional Method": "Take some dust off the ground. Form. Breathe into the nostrils the breath of life. Simple, but effective!") There are parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, reconfigured fairy tales, and other miniature masterpieces -- punctuated with charming illustrations by the author. A must for her fans, and a wonderful gift for all who savor the art of exquisite prose, Good Bones And Simple Murders marks the first time these writings have been available in a trade edition in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Donna Seaman
This collection of quirky, clever, and devilishly funny sketches, parodies, and fractured fairy tales is a scream. Free from the structural demands of novels, short stories, and poetry, Atwood infuses these bracing little narratives with the full force of her drollness, anger, shrewdness, sass, and humor. Atwood has never forgotten the hard lessons of girlhood, and she continues to question the roots of our assumptions about gender roles, testing our shaky sense of progress toward equality. Her fascination with women's roles in life and literature leads her to muse on the necessity of "stupid women" in stories, to compare men's novels with women's novels, and to revisit old tales such as "Bluebeard" and "The Little Red Hen." In "Making a Man" and "Simmering," men take quite a beating; at one point, she declares, "Men's bodies are the most dangerous things on earth." After further reflections on sex, war, and relationships -- and a satire about applying political-correctness standards to literature -- Atwood moves on to some devastating views of our species and our future. These marvelously incendiary creations are like sparks thrown off from Atwood's longer works, crackling and popping brightly against the night sky, making us laugh and shiver.
Toronto Globe And Mail
[Atwood] proves she is an accomplished miniaturist...She can pack more wallop into less space than any other writer in her weight class.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307798534
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/08/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
790,727
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than thirty books – novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children.

Atwood’s work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye – both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her new novel is Oryx and Crake (2003). She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
November 18, 1939
Place of Birth:
Ottawa, Ontario
Education:
B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
Website:
http://www.owtoad.com

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