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The Robber Bride Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, October 1, 1994
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"Deserves every superlative we can muster from hilarious to wise... A genuine tour de force, witty and original, suspenseful and sagacious." - Booklist
"Irresistable... It may be Atwood's most important book... Postfeminism comes of age with humor and dignity in The Robber Bride " -- Vogue
"A terrific story... Atwood's funniest book in years." -- The New York Times Book Review
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"Prose burnished with Atwood's characteristic verve, wit and insight."-Salman Rushdie
- Publisher : Seal Books; First THUS edition (October 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0770426166
- ISBN-13 : 978-0770426163
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.8 x 4.1 x 1 inches
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Some complain that the male characters are flat. One point of the novel is women's difficulty in understanding men; since the story is told from the points of view of the three main female characters, the men will be seen murkily. However, Atwood draws the three main characters - Charis, Tony, and Roz - marvelously, including how mystifying they find men.
Zenia is also a technical challenge. As a person, she defines herself in terms of the people she's with; therefore, as a character, we don't come to know the 'real' Zenia well. (It could be argued that there is no 'real' Zenia, but I think that's erroneous. I have met some of the real people she's modeled after.) However, Atwood's skill is more than up to the task of helping us get to know such a nebulous character.
Tony, Charis, and Roz are "everywoman", and yet they're not - they stand as realistic, 3-dimensional characters. You'll find yourself in bits of each of them. And you'll find yourself asking why you allow yourself the weaknesses that these three have. And maybe you'll get a hint at an answer.
To some extent, the novel is like Zenia herself - it is what you make of it. If you look for funny, you'll find it. If you look for sad, you'll find that. If you look for complicated, knotty problems that, just as in real life, don't have easy answers, you'll find that, too.
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This is the second time reading 'The Robber Bride' and I enjoyed it more than I did the first time I read it (but I think I gave it the same rating).
What can I say about Zenia? Love her or hate her, she makes an impression, how she manages to become part of Tony, Charis & Roz's lives is nothing short of remarkable, she sees their weakness, use it against them then destroyed their lives by having affairs with the three women's significant others, as Zenia admits herself, she shown them how weak willed their men are, whilst using the women's fears against them.
As always Margaret Atwood writes vivid characters, characters who are easy to relate to which makes for more interesting reading. Tony, Charis and Roz are strong women and you learn about them from their backgrounds and they learn more by their experience with Zenia.
Zenia is a enigma, you never find out where she is from, is her name really Zenia? She tells so many stories, it's difficult to believe what is true. Zenia also makes Tony, Charis and Roz sees themselves for who they are, they all have the best of intentions helping Zenia, at the same time, they are human, they feel pleased that they have helped her, it doesn't make them bad people, its just that Zenia uses it as a weakness against them.
A memorable story which I will read again.
Three women have at sometime been friends with Zenia who keeps turning up in their lives with differing , plausible sob stories and sponges on the women and runs off with ( and perhap dumps when sufficiently bored?) their husbands.No more spoilerrs!
Read it and weep