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雙面葛蕾斯

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葛蕾斯被判謀殺了她的主人湯瑪斯和情婦南西。但有人認為他是無罪的,也有人認為她是邪惡的化身。在服無期徒刑監禁中,葛蕾斯聲稱她完全不記得這起謀殺事件。在服無期徒刑監禁中,心理醫生西蒙非常積極想找出真相。雖然有很多人反對他的作法,但他仍耐心傾聽葛蕾斯的故事,慢慢的帶她回溯當天的記憶;最後,葛蕾斯會想起她封鎖的記憶嗎?葛蕾斯真的是萬惡不赦的惡徒嗎?還是她是那個時代的犧牲者?
Paperback, 1st edition, 464 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by 天培出版社 (first published 1996)
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Lindsay J. In both books the female lead is imprisoned. In this sense they are similar. However, Alias Grace is first imprisoned by the limitations of choice,…moreIn both books the female lead is imprisoned. In this sense they are similar. However, Alias Grace is first imprisoned by the limitations of choice, then actually imprisoned behind steel bars.
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Kalliope




Working with patches. Patchwork. Putting together various pieces of material that already existed and joining them into a new design.

This is the theme that Margaret Atwood has developed through her novel, and I am not making this up for the sake of my review. Her concluding paragraphs, spoken by her heroine, are about the patched Tree of Paradise.

The Tree itself is of triangles, in two colours, dark for the leaves and a lighter colour for the fruits; I am using purple for the leaves and red for
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Jamie
Margaret Atwood occupies a strange nook in my heart. She's become a bit of a chore lately, as I'm including her in my senior honors thesis; on the other hand, I've now read almost all of her novels, and while none are bad or even...not really good. Just that because a few of the novels shine so brightly, that the others seem duller in comparison.

Well, Alias Grace is a supernova. It's an absolutely phenomenal novel, and a truly thrilling read. It's a departure for Atwood, as it's historical ficti
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Fabian
May 22, 2012 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I keep kicking myself for having ditched the Atwood Speaking Gala at A.W.P. in Chicago this year. The fierce literati kept the attendance so high that it was virtually as if Lady Gaga herself were to give a lecture on her impressive work. I was more interested in walking all around Chitown, anyway, but I really (semi)regret not having nabbed a coveted seat. She was probably amazing: uberclever & brilliant.

Without two minor (teeny) infractions, “Alias Grace” is pretty much a well-rounded, tot
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Jean
Nov 19, 2013 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When you are in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else."

This powerful passage is from Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel Alias Grace. She dev
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Marita
“The true character of the historical Grace Marks remains an enigma.”

“I have of course fictionalized historical events (as did many commentators on this case who claimed to be writing history). I have not changed any known facts, although the written accounts are so contradictory that few facts emerge as unequivocally ‘known.’”


So says celebrated author, Margaret Atwood, about Grace Marks of whom she wrote this fictional account. And indeed Grace remains an enigma throughout the novel. As other
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Tatiana
Dec 21, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, booker, 2011
I felt about Alias Grace the same way I did about probably half of Atwood's novels I've read so far - I just didn't fully get it.

Nobody conveys Life ain't easy for a woman message as well as Atwood. Past, present, future - the living is rough for women. It is particularly unpleasant for Grace Marks, a young servant girl in mid-19th century Canada, accused of murdering her employer and his housekeeper with the help of her co-worker and alleged paramour, and who is locked up first in an insane as
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Magrat Ajostiernos
May 25, 2017 Magrat Ajostiernos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
¡Primera lectura de Atwood y primer acierto! :)
Alias Grace es una historia sórdida y cruel, muy bien documentada y que resulta apasionante aún en el relato de los sucesos más sencillos... hay dos cosas que me han sorprendido especialmente, el toque sobrenatural y la ambigüedad del relato y los personajes.
Obviamente, seguiré con Margaret Atwood :)
Paul Bryant
Jun 24, 2009 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the very heart of certain narratives is a lacuna, to which the reader is drawn ineluctibly, as the centre of a whirlpool of meanings. It may indicate something essentially unknowable, ineffable - the lacuna in the Old Testament is when God tells Moses I AM THAT I AM, which lets us know in no uncertain terms that this thing is not of logic or language, whatever it may be; the lacuna of the New Testament is Christ's three days in the tomb - we are not told anything about that, it is unknowable. ...more
Hugh
This is an extraordinary reconstruction of the life of Grace Marks, a domestic servant who was convicted of the double murder of her employers in Canada in the 1840s. In framing the story around her interviews with a young doctor interested in making his name by proving her innocence, Atwood is able to avoid committing herself on the degree of Grace's guilt and complicity while exploring a range of wider social issues.

The doctor's troubled relationship with his deserted landlady is interwoven a
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Doug Bradshaw
Aug 30, 2015 Doug Bradshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Minor Spoilers**

This book is as close to time travel and walking in the shoes of another person as it gets, perfect historical fiction based on a fascinating actual case of a 15 year old girl thrown into prison for a double homicide. Most of the story comes in from two perspectives, Grace Marks herself telling her story to a young MD/psychologist working to see if he can get her released from prison, and then from the young physician himself listening to her story, never sure he can truly trus
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BrokenTune
Nov 15, 2014 BrokenTune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, canada
"Sometimes at night I whisper it over to myself: Murderess, Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt across the floor.
Murderer is merely brutal. It’s like a hammer, or a lump of metal. I would rather be a murderess than a murderer, if those are the only choices."


Alias Grace is Margaret Atwood's record of Grace Marks, who convicted of murder, spent thirty years in prison and a mental institution before being pardoned.

The book is based on true events of one of Ontario's most ambiguous cases - t
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Shovelmonkey1
Mar 21, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery fans
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
The Handmaid's Tale and the Blind Assassin were my previous Atwood reads and while I understand her alpha-author status in Canada and international reputation, her works just do not quite blow my mind enough to turn me into an obsessive Atwood completist. Before I decided to read Alias Grace it had been on my shelf for three years gathered enough dust to sculpt a dust bunny the size of an actual rabbit. I feel the same about A.S Byatt... no reason, no discernible malaise directed at these two la ...more
Maxine
Jun 06, 2011 Maxine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alias Grace, although a work of fiction, is based on one of Canada's most infamous murder cases. In Toronto, in 1843 16-year-old Grace Marks and fellow servant, James McDermott were accused of murdering their employer, Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper and mistress, Nancy Montgomery. Both were sentenced to death and McDermott was hanged. However, Grace's lawyer was able to get her sentence commuted to life imprisonment by arguing her youth, her gender, and, according to him, her feeble-mindedne ...more
Maciek
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood's ninth novel is a work of historical fiction, although based on a true historical event - the story of Grace Marks, a Canadian housemaid who was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear, and suspected of murdering his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery on July 23, 1840. The murder has been extensively reported in Canadian, American and British newspapers. It has sparked quite a controversy: Nancy was Kinnear's mistress who has before given birth to an illegitim ...more
Tony
Feb 21, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
It really happened. In 1843, in a remote Canadian farmhouse, James McDermott killed his employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Kinnear's housekeeper and mistress, Nancy Montgomery. The two open questions were: 1) was the 15 year-old servant Gracie Marks the paramour of McDermott; and 2) was Grace involved in the murder?

Oh, people wanted to believe the worst. McDermott and Marks were found in flight across the border in the States. There wasn't much of a trial. McDermott was easily convicted and would han
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Alice Poon
Sep 03, 2014 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This is an intriguing story that Margaret Atwood has creatively re-woven from a true murder case that took place in the 1800s in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. It is written from the perspectives of the imprisoned murderess and of the mental illness physician who was hired, sixteen years after her conviction, by campaigners for her release, to study her mental state prevalent at the time of the perpetration of the crime.

Interlaced with the enthralling narrative is the author’s insight into the
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Roula
Feb 28, 2017 Roula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 αστερια
Αυτο το βιβλιο με παιδεψε.ημουν πολυ θετικα ντοπαρισμενη να διαβασω την ομολογουμενως καλυτερη Καναδη εν ζωη συγγραφεα .δεν ειχα ξαναδιαβασει κατι δικο της και το ηθελα πολυ.το θεμα του βιβλιου πολυ ενδιαφερον! η εξιχνιαση ενος διπλου φονικου.ο ενας ενοχος ,ηδη εχει οδηγηθει στην κρεμαλα , η αλλη που δεν ξερουμε καθολη τη διαρκεια ποσο ενεπλακη στο φονικο, ειναι σε σωφρονιστικο ιδρυμα.με αυτον τον τροπο η Ατγουντ θελει να θιξει οτι οταν προκειται για ενα εγκλημα με δολοφονο άντρα η ετ
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Madeline
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As a young woman, Grace Marks was arrested for the killing of her master, Mr. Kinnear, and his housekeeper-slash-mistress, Nancy Montgomery. Her "accomplice", Mr. McDermott, is already dead, and Grace is currently awaiting her fate in an asylum. Dr. Simon Jordan is a psychologist who is very interested in Grace because she claims to have no memory of the murder, or the events leading right up to it. Is she mentally ill? Innocent? Or a villa
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Stela
Take a sensational event. Gather all information available about it, credible or not (testimonies, newspaper articles, letters etc.). Fill in the gaps with your own imagination. Carefully delete any border between reality and fiction. Here it is: the perfect recipe for a postmodernist novel.
And what a novel! As usual, Margaret Atwood creates a "oeuvre d'art". The story of Grace Marks, a "celebrated Canadian murderer" of the 19th century, is retold in a ludic manner, enriched with unexpected mea
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Debbie "DJ"
Jul 07, 2014 Debbie "DJ" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful read from Margaret Atwood. I went into this book blind, not knowing this is Atwood's re-creation of an actual event that took place in the mid 1800's. The amount of research and location of records must have been extremely difficult. I think knowing this from the outset would have made a difference in my experience of this book. While it keep me fully engaged throughout, I found it a little slow and overly descriptive at times. Becoming aware that this was an actual event, I fi ...more
Claudia
Nov 21, 2015 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was für ein Leben?

"Die Gefangene seufzte und hob die Hände beide:
Man quält mich, sagte sie, und ich leide;
Doch sie sind wenig wert, eure Riegel und Türen dicht;
Und wären sie aus Stahl, sie hielten mich nicht."
Emiliy Bronte, "Die Gefangene", 1845

Dies ist die Geschichte von Grace Marks, die 1843 zusammen mit ihrem angeblichen Liebhaber ihre Arbeitgeber ermordet haben soll.
Erst 16-jährig wird Grace zuerst zum Tode verurteilt und dann doch noch begnadigt. Begnadigt heißt in diesem Fall 29 Jahre Gef
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Candi
Oct 27, 2014 Candi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gem. A work of fiction, but based on actual historical events, Alias Grace is the story of the convicted murderess, Grace Marks. Sixteen year old Grace and fellow servant James McDermott are said to have brutally murdered their employer, Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper and supposed mistress, Nancy Montgomery, in Canada during the 1840’s. However, Grace claimed to have no memory of her own culpability in these murders. Both were found guilty; James McDermott was condemned to dea ...more
Tudor Vlad
Mar 16, 2017 Tudor Vlad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
“To go from a familiar thing, however undesirable, into the unknown, is always a matter for apprehension, and I suppose that is why so many people are afraid to die.”

Margaret Atwood is the author that I absolutely love and yet somehow never managed to read enough of her work. I started with The Handmaid’s Tale and than the MaddAdam trilogy and I absolutely adored them both. Yet it’s been almost exactly a year since I last put my hand on a book by her, and now that I’ve finished Alias Grace I’m
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Τζο
Apr 08, 2017 Τζο rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ήθελα πάρα πολύ καιρό να διαβάσω αυτό το βιβλίο και την Πορφυρή Δούλη της ίδιας αλλά αποφάσισα να ξεκινήσω με τούτο εδώ. Έχοντας διαβάσει τα Έθιμα Ταφής - ένα βιβλίο που θεωρούσα εξαρχής ότι είναι το παρόμοιο - ήθελα να δω πως θα χειριστεί ένα παρόμοιο θέμα η αγαπημένη Καναδή συγγραφέας και μπορώ ήδη να σας πω πως δεν με κέρδισε.

Αποφάσισα να διαβάσω την ελληνική μετάφραση αν και από ότι είδα μετά το πέρας της ανάγνωσης η αγγλική ήταν σαφώς καλύτερη. Η μεταφράστρια δεν κατάφερε να μεταφέρει την λ
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Chrissie
My first Atwood.

Actually, I picked up this book not so much to learn about the murder of Thomas Kinnear, a wealthy Ontario farmer, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, on July 28, 1843, but rather to try the author. I had heard such great things about Margaret Atwood, and historical fiction is a genre I enjoy. The writing is special. The author is skilled and I was impressed. She has a talent for putting just the right lines into her different characters' mouths. There is humor. This humor is
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Ashley
I feel a little bad rating this only three stars, but I rate on enjoyment, and Alias Grace took me two months of slogging to finish. Even though it’s a good book and under different circumstances I might have liked it more (and perhaps I will re-read?), I just was not in the mood for reading it. At all. So, three stars.

I mean, seriously, it’s not the book’s fault that most serious fiction makes me anxious right now. Or that all I want to do half the time is read fanfiction (I’m not joking when I
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Lori
Aug 19, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book.

Right up until I didn't.

Atwood creates such compelling characters, and Grace Marks was no exception. I was curious (did she commit murder?), compassionate (boy, her life sucked) and drawn in (the tale bit by bit enthralled me). I couldn't make the pieces fit, which was just what I wanted.

For about 450 pages.

And then it all unravels. I knew she'd have to give the readers an answer as to what really happened, even though we'd been spoonfed info tiny bit by bit. The revelation was
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Paige P
Reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is like trying to see a distant horizon clearly through a kaleidoscope. I found myself continuously maneuvering facts and characters to get to the truth. But of course, everyone has a different truth and what is truth anyway. The book begins by Grace telling us a surreal, dreamlike story of a murder, and we learn immediately that she is in prison. But, we do not know who, what, where, when, with who, why, or anything else for that matter. Much of Grace's me ...more
nettebuecherkiste
Kanada, 1859. Die Magd Grace Marks ist seit ihrer Verurteilung 1843 wegen des Mordes an ihrem Arbeitgeber und dessen Haushälterin inhaftiert. Ihr Mittäter wurde ebenfalls verurteilt, jedoch hingerichtet. Graces Strafe wurde aufgrund ihrer extremen Jugend – sie war zum Tatzeitpunkt erst 16 Jahre alt – in eine lebenslange Freiheitsstrafe umgewandelt. Der junge Nervenarzt Simon Jordan möchte Grace studieren – und ihr die Wahrheit über die Morde entlocken. Inwiefern hat sie an ihnen mitgewirkt? War ...more
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr
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