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The Robber Bride

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Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man's dream and a woman"s nightmare. She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz andd Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; 'with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation', Zenia is back...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 128 x 188 x 40mm | 381.02g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1853817228
  • 9781853817229
  • 37,320

About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and now Oryx and Crake for the 2003 Booker prize. She has won many literary prizes in other countries.show more

Review Text

This is Margaret Atwood at her sharpest and most subversive. If it is a novel about the power of women's friendship, it is also a novel about the destructive nature of women to women. Three women are joined in friendship through their united dislike of Zenia - man-eater, pathological liar and slut. Zenia gets her kicks from wanting what someone else has, getting what she wants, then no longer wanting what she has taken. They think their enemy, Zenia, is dead. Five years on, as they meet for lunch, Zenia returns. She has destroyed the happiness of each of them once - will she manage it again? Or will they get her before she gets them? Atwood tells the three tales in her usual unflinching, slightly sardonic, beautifully crafted way - the characters of the four women are immediately engaging and read with truth (one of Atwood's consistent skills is to give her characters this sense of absolute verity). The pain they suffer, their forbearance, their willingness to be taken in, and charity towards the always convincing Zenia, makes compelling reading. And her creation of Zenia - every woman's nightmare, every man's dreamboat - is bewitching. Not surprisingly, given the title, it ends as if it were a fairy tale: good is rewarded, bad is punished. The ending is utterly and completely satisfying. You may close the book, turn over, sigh and go comfortably off to sleep, safe in the knowledge that the world deals summarily with monsters. (Kirkus UK)show more

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It stirs depths that CAT'S EYE did not reach, and grants deeper, stronger powers to women's friendship in distress Marina Warner Margaret Atwood's new novel is a fairy tale of malicious simplicity. Fay Weldon's SHE-DEVIL meets John Updike's WITCHES OF EASTWICK...Vividly written, acutely observed and very likely the most intelligently tongue in cheek novel of the year. Salman Rushdie, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Excitements, wit and insight sizzle across the pages. Atwood's survey of impulses that bedevil life seethes with imagination, inventiveness and intelligence. Even she has never written better than in this novel of glittering breadth and dark, eerie depths. SUNDAY TIMES The virtuosity with which Margaret Atwood's prose moves between rage and wit, poignancy and suspense, fantasy and realism makesTHE ROBBER BRIDE a stimulating read. THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPHshow more

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