Alias Grace

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Bloomsbury, 2009 - 469 Seiten
Sometimes I whisper it over to myself- Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.
In 1843, a 16-year-old Canadian housemaid named Grace Marks was tried for the murder of her employer and his mistress. The sensationalistic trial made headlines throughout the world, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Yet opinion remained fiercely divided about Marks - was she a spurned woman who had taken out her rage on two innocent victims, or was she an unwilling victim herself, caught up in a crime she was too young to understand? Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. In Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood reconstructs Marks's story in fictional form. Her portraits of nineteenth-century prison and asylum life are chilling in their detail. The author also introduces Dr. Simon Jordan, who listens to the prisoner's tale with a mixture of sympathy and disbelief. In his effort to uncover the truth, Jordan uses the tools of the then rudimentary science of psychology. Dr. Simon Jordan is an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group 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? But the last word belongs to the book's narrator - Grace herself.

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Nutzerbericht  - nancyjean19 - LibraryThing

This was the kind of book that I would suddenly realize I had read 100 pages of, nothing had really happened, but I didn't mind. It immerses the reader in both the mind of its main character, Grace ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

A tale of the regrettable circumstances of women's lives in the 1800's. I'm not sure I wanted to be in the head of Grace Marks or Dr Simon Jordan, but the tale is well-composed and compelling. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2009)

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, and has won the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize. Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. Payback- Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, published by Bloomsbury in 2008, and in paperback in 2009, is an intelligent, wide-ranging book that examines the metaphor of debt and the role it takes in our lives. The Year of the Flood, published by Bloomsbury in 2009, is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to Margaret Atwood's visionary power. The special editions of seven Margaret Atwood novels, published by Bloomsbury in 2009 are Oryx and Crake, The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, Cat's Eye, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Surfacing. Up in the Tree, published by Bloomsbury in 2008 and in paperback with CD in 2010, is Margaret's first picture book, written, illustrated and hand-lettered by her. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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