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The robber bride

by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

Format: Large Print 1993
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Springdale Free Public Library Large Print LPF ATWO
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
 
Collection  Large Print
 
Call Number  LPF ATWO
 
 
Summary
Exploring the paradox of female villainy, this tale of three fascinating women is another peerless display of literary virtuosity by the supremely gifted author of Cat's Eye and The Handmaid's Tale. Roz, Charis and Tony all share a wound, and her name is Zenia. Beautiful, smart and hungry, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless, Zenia is the turbulent center of her own perpetual saga. She entered their lives in the sixties, when they were in college. Over the three decades since, she has damaged each of them badly, ensnaring their sympathy, betraying their trust, and treating their men as loot. Then Zenia dies, or at any rate the three women -- with much relief -- attend her funeral. But as The Robber Bride begins, Roz, Charis and Tony have come together at a trendy restaraunt for their monthly lunch when in walks the seemingly resurrected Zenia... In this consistently entertaining and profound new novel, Margaret Atwood reports from the farthest reaches of the war between the sexes with her characteristic well-crafted prose, rich and devious humor, and compassion.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Atwood's first novel since Cat's Eye (1989) deserves every superlative we can muster from hilarious to wise. At its heart lies a question Atwood posed to herself: "Where have all the Lady Macbeths gone?" She found a key to the answer in a terse little Grimm's fairy tale titled "The Robber Bridegroom," and her robber bride, a ruthless man-eater, was born. Zenia is a ravishing, smoky-maned villain with more life stories than a snake has skins. She claims to be everything from a gypsy orphan to a White Russian forced into prostitution by her emigre mother. Zenia has even managed to come back from the dead, bustier and more alluring than ever. But enthralling as this witchy liar is, it is the women she's duped and swindled we come to love. Atwood has created a trio of middle-aged marvels, all survivors of Zenia's greed, lust, and cunning. There's Tony, an elfin historian with immense owl eyes, a steely mind, and a passion for war. Charis is a kind albeit self-defeating mystic, while Roz is a successful, if hefty, businesswoman you wouldn't want to face at a poker table. Zenia has slithered into each of her lives and stolen their men, their money, and their self-respect, but each has rallied, faced their sorrowful pasts, and grown stronger in battle. Atwood has never expressed her views on the study of history, social mores, spiritual matters, and womanhood with more heart and panache. This is a genuine tour de force, witty and original, suspenseful and sagacious. ~--Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The author of Cat's Eye depicts a femme fatale's malevolent role in the lives of three women; a seven-week PW bestseller. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Large type books.
Publisher New York :Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,1993
Language English
Description vii, 863 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
ISBN 0385472161 (lg. print) :
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