Friday, October 8, 2010

Book Review

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.

I bought the book for a few cents at the used book store, which is kind of a hit-and-miss thing. I've had it for over a year, I think, and just now got around to it.

It is freaky.

I couldn't put it down. It's been a long time since I've read a book like that. It's definitely a keeper - a book that I'll read again and again. Not because it's a "feel good" kind of book, just that the characters are so interesting and so...I don't know...real. I felt transported to the scene somehow, like it was all playing out in front of me. I cared what happened to these people. And I love it when that happens.

It's based on a true but sketchy story about a woman in the 1800's (falsely?) accused of murdering her employer and his housekeeper.


  1. I have this book. You are right, it is freaky. I liked it too.

  2. I have read this book several times. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. She can write anything!
    She's the author of that poem I sent you recently about making jelly.
    Have you read anything else by her?

  3. I remembered that you said she wrote that poem, which is why when I saw the book by her on my bookshelf I picked it. : )
    I've read a few other things by her. The Handmaid's Tale, of course, although it's been years and I may look for it next time I go to the library. I've also read The Robber Bride, and I might have read Cat's Eye.

  4. I have been reading Garth Stein. He is also wonderful - has that transport quality as well.