The Robber Bride

☆ The Robber Bride ☆ Margaret Atwood - The Robber Bride, The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood s The Robber Bride is inspired by The Robber Bridegroom a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them on ☆ The Robber Bride ☆ Margaret Atwood - The Robber Bride, The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood s The Robber Bride is inspired by The Robber Bridegroom a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them on

  • Title: The Robber Bride
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
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The Robber Bride

☆ The Robber Bride ☆ Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood s The Robber Bride is inspired by The Robber Bridegroom a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them one by one But in her version Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia a villainess of demonic proportions and sets her loose in the lives of three friends Tony Margaret Atw ☆ The Robber Bride ☆ Margaret Atwood - The Robber Bride, The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood s The Robber Bride is inspired by The Robber Bridegroom a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them on

  • ☆ The Robber Bride ☆ Margaret Atwood
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The Robber Bride

About “Margaret Atwood

  • Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman 1970 , The Handmaid s Tale 1983 , The Robber Bride 1994 , Alias Grace 1996 , and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000 Atwood s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003 The Tent mini fictions and Moral Disorder short stories both appeared in 2006 Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007 Her non fiction book, Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009 Ms Atwood s work has been published in than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian In 2004 she co invented the Long Pen TM.Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson Associations Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N Canadian Centre English Speaking from 1984 1986 She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International Ms Atwood is also a current Vice President of PEN International.

706 thoughts on “The Robber Bride

  • I like a number of Margaret Atwood s works but not this one It was like a Lifetime movie without the benefit of Tori Spelling and a fun, melodramatic plotline Oh, the plotline was melodramatic all right but it was far from fun or even insightful Three friends all of them stereotypes of the post feminist era have dramatic encounters with an almost mythic creature woman named Zenia who embodies all of the negative qualities in a woman, namely ruthlessness, lust and wandering passion This three wom [...]

  • My sister Lauren once said something both wise and ridiculous, and I think Atwood s beautiful, readable, and funny novel echoes the sentiment Women are crazy Men are stupid In The Robber Bride we get a peek into the lives of three women petite academic Tony, new age, delicate Charis, and gregarious, fashionable Roz the histories of their marriages, their childhoods, and their current day to day experiences in 1990s Toronto, are fascinating All three of them have suffered at the hands of Zenia, t [...]

  • 4.5 5 stars This novel is amongst my favourites by Margaret Atwood so far because it deals with something that is relevant to everyone It deals with Zenia, a woman who has poisoned several lives and basically destroyed Tony, Charis and Roz, the three main characters We all have this kind of person in our lives however, the thing is that Zenia is extreme, and it s very interesting to go back in time and learn about what she has done to these three women When we meet Tony, Charis and Roz, Zenia ha [...]

  • Charis, Roz and Tony Three very different women, leading three very different lives what binds them together is their shared history attending the same college and their shared experiences of a fourth the dangerous, enigmatic and poisonous Zenia and the part s she plays in all their lives.In the hands of a less accomplished author than Margaret Atwood such a foundation as this for a novel would undoubtedly have resulted in something clich d, pedestrian though sensationalist and ultimately two di [...]

  • It s books like these that makes my rarely flouted always finish rule earn its keep, for it often takes going through the entirety of any work for the meshing gears of personal reception to reveal themselves to my own perception Granted, it didn t do a very good job of serving as inspiration for one of my creative frenzies, but it was a decent whetting stone for my analytic ability without pissing me off too much, so reading it in tandem with The Second Sex was not such a horrible mistake after [...]

  • Everybody in this novel has a motive for killing Zenia and that is the point, or at least, one of the points Zenia is a dark, malevolent force one of those people we desire in the dark, middle of the forest nightmare spaces in the black pits of our souls She is the one who knows our secret desires and who uses them against us to bring about our own undoing At least, we would like to believe it is our undoing she seeks and that she is the agent that brings it about But that is the thing about mal [...]

  • SpoilersThis was a one of kind sort of book where I pretty much hated all the characters because of their ridiculous and irritating ways yet everything about them and their fucked up lives was utterly engrossing I didn t think it was possible to enjoy a book that contained so many rage inducing characters Even though I LOATHED most of the characters and didn t find their actions remotely realistic they were for the most part weirdly fun to read about Really liked how the story was structured wit [...]

  • Atwood at her finest and in some ways, meanest I mean that in a good way I ended up loving it, although found it started slowly, lacking her usual sly and almost remote perspective, sharp insights, biting black humour It was almost too sincere and gasp clich d Then, by about p 100, it kicked in Cunning use of language and symbolism the eggs and most of all, a study in a particularly disturbing kind of psychopathology to which so many of us have been prey Slices to the bone and hits close to home [...]

  • Interesting enough for me to finish in less than 24 hours, but lacking in anything that would provoke lasting thought or examination.I found this book to be a great disappointment It s basically all about how three incredibly amazing women, so smart and strong and capable within themselves, are brought down and nearly destroyed by a fourth woman, through her attack on their common weak spot the men in their lives The exotically, impossibly beautiful Zenia systematically targets each woman, impos [...]

  • Well a hard headed woman, a soft hearted man been the cause of trouble ever since the world began Oh yeah, ever since the world beganHe listens to Elvis with half an ear as he finishes the last few pages He d felt worried when his wife told him he should read it The Fay Weldon, last year that had left him feeling disquieted But this one was different He wonders if Margaret is a lady or a woman or a babe He guesses he d better call her a woman Privately, though, he s decided she s a babe What was [...]

  • atwood s splendid deconstruction and then reconstruction of the ties that can exist between women is one of her pleasurable novels it is full of fascinating references to fairy tales discovering the parallels to rapunzel, sleeping beauty, and cinderella to name just three is an ongoing delight and the title character herself is so mysteriously poisonous yet malleable in her many faces that she becomes almost mythic just as enjoyable is the deftness and richness of the characterization atwood kn [...]

  • I m in several minds about this book, because I am head over heels in love with Cat s Eye by same, and a lot of this reads like Cat s Eye shifted a couple of spaces to the left.The reason I love Cat s Eye so unreasonably is, and it s time to stop pretending this isn t true, primarily because of some things that happened in my life sometime between approx my sixth and seventh readings though I use the term reading loosely of it, and so my love for it is all bound up rather painfully with all sort [...]

  • Update This review recently got a few likes, bringing it back to my attention But, honestly I m ashamed of it Because, I m trying to pretend evil women don t exist Zenia is obviously an exaggerationbut women and girls do awful things to each other All the time.Back in school, I was horribly bullied by girls Horribly They d hit me, shove me against the wall, walk up behind me and pull my skirt up above my waist, trip me as I was getting off the bus Why do I pretend those things didn t happen Fema [...]

  • The story of Zenia ought to begin where Zenia began It must have been someplace long ago and distant in space, thinks Tony someplace bruised, and very tangled A European print, hand tinted, ochre colored, with dusty sunglight and a lot of bushes in it bushes with thick leaves and ancient twisted roots, behind which, out of sight in the undergrowth and hinted at only by a boot protruding, or a slack hand, something ordinary but horrifying is taking place.Or this is the impression Tony has been le [...]

  • Zenia is made of malice She has no fear and no morals She doesn t shrink from confrontation she has no appreciation whatsoever for risk She ll tell outrageous lies cancer, rape, nothing is off limits She ll spend an entire winter in an uninsulated shack on an island faking cancer, for what Well, there is a plan, but it doesn t seem worth it Mostly she just wants to cause pain.Specifically she wants to cause pain to these three specific women, who are parts of a whole Tony, representing book smar [...]

  • With every book I read of Ms Atwood s, my appreciation of her storytelling talent increases her ability to construct metaphors that are spot on and utterly unique her genre busting way of writing that defies pigeon holing though, it seems, many critics try to pin the feminist writer label on her her method of describing her characters in a hyper realistic and believable way The Robber Bride , while not without its faults long windedness, for one is to me her best work Her depiction of a triumvir [...]

  • I read this as part of the 1000 Books To Read Before You Die challenge Two thoughts that came to me as I read this book 1 Catherine Zeta Jones would be perfect as Zenia 2 Is this a re telling of the 3 Little Pigs For the first 10 20% of this book, I wasn t sure if I d enjoy it I certainly at first didn t think it was up to Margaret Atwood s talent.But, after I got into it, I really enjoyed it I loved the three women and their tales of their experiences with Zenia It seemed to me Zenia was not so [...]

  • un grande romanzo, onesto, brutalmente sincero sulle donne.Da un lato, parla con una delicatezza e con un amara consapevolezza di violenze, di abusi, di tanti soprusi che molte donne nel mondo hanno subito e subiscono tutt ora Dall altro, l autrice dipinge quattro donne sicuramente molto complesse, ciascuna a modo suo, senza aver paura di modellare difetti, incertezze, lati negativi, meschinit Parla delle donne a tutto tondo, secondo me in particolare, della crudelt che le donne possono esercita [...]

  • This book is set in the early 90 s Toronto and also the 1940 s and 1960 s Each decade witnesses major world events such as World War 2, the Vietnam war, and the beginning of the Gulf war and recession There is an element of unrest and unease from the beginning of this novel and it is with these events playing out on the world stage that we meet our characters Tony,Roz and Charis come together to lunch, in 90 s Toronto, in a restaurant called Toxique We are introduced to them in turn and find out [...]

  • All this drama over these three losers I just don t get it I really don t understand women who find out that their husbands boyfriends girlfriends are cheating then go ballistic on the other women What The other woman is irrelevant, she took no vows, made no commitments, did not pledge her undying faithful love to you, the partner did Really that s beside the point, just couldn t resist a mini rant.I actually related to all four women as I seem to have met each of them at some point in my real l [...]

  • Oh Margaret, why hath thou forsaken me This book sucked Two stars is just me being generous, because it s Margaret Atwood This was a boring daytime soap opera It could have been written by Danielle Steele Where is the feminism Where is the sarcasm The satire The point This far fetched novel is about some desperately evil chick who emotionally tortures 3 women over 3 decades for no apparent reason other than she enjoys it I couldn t be bored and had to force myself to read it, like it was a hist [...]

  • This was a challenge to become invested in after 200 pages I still didn t care about the characters or the story Part of this, I think, is due to the ambitious approach Atwood takes to the type of story she is telling and the way the plot unfolds The second half becomes typical Atwood and by the end I was enjoying it In term s of the author s pure literary fiction, I would still recommend The Blind Assassin and Surfacing much than this one.

  • We ve all known a Zenia I know I certainly have Here are some visual aides to conjure her up.For three friends Tony, Charis, and Roz Zenia has been the bane of their existence Their erstwhile friend has conned them, betrayed them, and wreaked havoc on their lives ever since the 60s when they met in college All four women are war babies Zenia s specialty is finding people s vulnerabilities and exploiting them She comes up with custom designed whopper s that appeal to their weaknesses and convince [...]

  • Reading this book was like wading into a lake that has a predictable downward slope Your ankles get wet and you take a few steps because you feel like taking a leisurely soak Pretty soon your knees are wet And then your thighs, your hips, your waist, your AHHHHH And then all of a sudden you find you ve just hit a major drop off and half of a nanosecond later you are all the way in, whether you wanted to be or not I started this book and thought it was just sort of okay Atwood s prose is very po [...]

  • This book has become comfort reading me there s no telling how many times I ve read it Atwood has a remarkable skill for revealing how her characters think, which is a separate facet of characterization, so different from describing a character s personality or way of life Of all the fascinating women in this book, Tony is my favorite I identify not with her personality, but with the way she thinks.

  • i approached this book the way i was told to approach it no one in particular said anything, but i got the general idea and, well, i don t like books about nastiness you know, books about psychopaths, serial killers, and the like not my cup of tea the sociopath here would be zenia but slowly it dawned on me, thanks in part to having read Dept of Speculation as i type this i don t know why, but maybe it will be clearer to me by the end of this review , that this book is not about zenia not even c [...]

  • The first Atwood novel I read was The Handmaid s Tale If I touch the book, I can remember that first reading Devouring the book as I lay on the couch, the leather cool despite the fact that it was a sweltering Philadelphia summer, I remember being torn between the desire to read the book, the desire to watch the Bulgaria with its cute goalie in the World Cup, and the need to walk the dog Despite the strong memory and the fact that I have taught it, The Handmaid s Tale is not my favorite Atwood n [...]

  • This isn t the type of book I generally read, but it had the attraction of apparently being based upon a Grimm s fairy tale, although it seems not closely, and with the twist that the original was the Robber Bridegroom, a man who literally ate his young brides In this, Zenia is a femme fatale, a man eater who preys upon men in order to enrich herself financially, but importantly, to inflict misery on their wives and girlfriends out of sheer spite.The story opens with three women who believe tha [...]

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