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Edan’s review of The Robber Bride
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Jan 06, 2009 09:57AM
Edan--my gripe with this book was that by the time I reached the perspective of the third girl (sorry, I can't remember what order they told their stories in) it started to drag some hearing the same story again, even if it was from another perspective. I love Atwood, and that she wrote this book, but it started to feel a bit slow for me. You didn't get that feeling?
Jan 06, 2009 10:57AM
I definitely agree with the beginning--hearing the same story from three different perspectives gets old. But after that section, the book really takes off, and each perspective is different (and the stories they tell are different).
Jan 06, 2009 01:21PM
Yes, I agree there. I almost feel like I should upgrade this to 3 stars. 2 feels a bit unfair now...
Jan 06, 2009 02:05PM
no, stick with your first instinct!
Jan 06, 2009 02:17PM
Yes, but it WAS a star count based on a book I read long ago...I KNOW those ratings are never completely accurate. But I'll stick with it. :)
Apr 24, 2009 10:02AM
perhaps " women are crazy
men are stupid." ?
no - not even that. how bout men are stupid & women are crazy because that's the script they get....?
at this point i think i can be accused of projecting all my own perspective/politics onto Atwood and interpreting her work from there. so the women love men because they are straight women and they run into men at the right time at the right hormone level with the right emotional baggage in play and voila. ( don't get me wrong, true for queer femmes, too - this is just about what happens to quality control when we fall in love.)
which is to say not stupid objects of love, but stupid love. and the woman with mythic/male agency is the kind of stupid that lives without peers and/or love.
i don't think the stupid is a function of being male, but in this world, the love women feel (for anyone) that can be revealed to be self-destructively stupid is culturally nourished from a formative age in a fairly sex-specific kind of way. imho. and then there's that transference thing i do with Atwood, so i can often read her narratives and see this played out.
and when it
play out as precisely, those tend to be the Atwood books i don't get. duh.
self-awareness of which decreases my joy not one wit ;->!
Dec 05, 2013 01:03PM
i read this book MANY years ago, but i still think of it as one of my favorites. probably time for me to reread it.
Dec 06, 2013 06:26PM
I read this book in high school and I’m sure I was too young for it (I didn’t like it much). It ended a Margaret Atwood phase in which I read nearly all the books she’d published at that point. The one I enjoyed the most was Lady Oracle because it was funny (and about a woman still trapped in her childhood/teenage mindset so I was probably able to relate to it better). I keep meaning to go back and reread The Robber Bride because I’m sure I’d get more out of it now.
Sep 03, 2014 02:54AM
I love the "You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman." line too. Probably one of my all time favourites.
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