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Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
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Jan 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, kindle, women-authors, short-stories, strong-women-protags
Read from January 03 to 16, 2011

Although this was marketed at a collection of short stories, all the stories are interconnected. The majority of them involve the same characters, and all of them probably connect to these characters more subtly. Looking at the book in that sense-- chapters instead of short stories-- it is a typically brilliant Atwood endeavor. Looking at it in the sense of separate short stories, however, you may feel that something is lacking-- more concrete endings, for instance. The difficultly of short stories, too, is that much of the detail and background is set aside. In that sense, this is more of a collection of short stories. That seems odd since expounding upon detail and background are among Atwood's strengths. Whereas in this collection, at times it just seemed like a laundry list of this happened, then that happened, etc. Judging from this collection only, short stories don't seem to be Atwood's strength. But, as with all her other writing, the prose is beautiful and the stories are, for the most part, eloquently rendered. The characters were interesting but perhaps needed a little more room for growth.

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