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Alias Grace

Atwood, Margaret (Book - 1997 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Alias Grace
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Takes readers into the life and mind of Grace Marks, one of the most notorious women of the 1840s, who is serving a life sentence for murders she claims she cannot remember.
Authors: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Title: Alias Grace
Publisher: New York, NY : Anchor Books, 1997, c1996
Characteristics: 468 p. :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Margaret Atwood
Notes: "Anchor Books."
Summary: Takes readers into the life and mind of Grace Marks, one of the most notorious women of the 1840s, who is serving a life sentence for murders she claims she cannot remember.
ISBN: 9780385490443
0385490445
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATWOOD
Subject Headings: Trials (Murder) Canada Fiction Women murderers Canada Fiction Murder Canada History 19th century Fiction Marks, Grace, 1826- Fiction
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Trials (Murder)
Women murderers
Murder
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Takes readers into the life and mind of Grace Marks, one of the most notorious women of the 1840s, who is serving a life sentence for murders she claims she cannot remember.


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Jul 23, 2013
  • libraryscientist rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very rich, detailed account of a possible murderess. Took awhile to complete, but I just couldn't leave it be.

Jul 03, 2013
  • mogie rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The book did start of slowly until Grace starts to recount the events of the murder. Atwood's research efforts are very impressive and I enjoyed the explanation in the afterword. Being from Hamilton it was interesting to learn that the Parkinson home was modeled after Dundurn Castle.

Jun 08, 2013
  • Cheri_rishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book took off slow, but then took on pace when Grace starts recounting the time of the crime. This book is based on true events, and Margaret Atwood's work on it is tremendous. I was disappointed by the way things ended in the book though.

Oct 01, 2011
  • vcc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent writing by Atwood; her massive research efforts paid off. She presents an unbiased view as story-teller of a (fictionalized) true story. Very poetic.

Apr 29, 2011
  • carol554 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You will love Grace! But you'll never be sure whether or not she is guilty

Nov 07, 2010
  • bshokal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this story - had not heard about Grace M and the symbolism with the quilt squares which pieced together the story was ingenious.

May 16, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really like Margaret Atwood, but I sometimes feel that I started by reading her best novel and have been going down the list from there.

While the title character is telling a story that draws in her listener inch by inch as she slowly lets out her yarn, Atwood is doing the same thing with her readers. The narrative jumps between characters and between time frames as Atwood keeps us holding on, waiting for the tangled climax. A climax comes only for Grace; the stories of all the other main characters are ended with an uncomfortable jolt. The unexpected jump into Victorian rape fantasies is a bit jarring as well.

Mar 31, 2010
  • Heenan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love Atwood and the Canadian content, but the story lagged a bit.

Jul 10, 2009
  • doodlebug rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

One of MA's best books.

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A fictional account of the 1843 trial of 16-year-old Canadian housemaid Grace Marks who was found guilty of the murder of her employer and his mistress.

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