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I love Margaret Atwood's work but lately she is putting out some tales that are so full of disappointment in the human condition it is hard to like them.
Three of the stories are connected through characters and the rest in despair and reflections on life from the view of older bitter people, the magical tale is not so magic All the sex is tainted in use and abuse and so is therefore the love we get to see, even brotherly or asexual love are presented as a form of resignation.
Perhaps is me, but I find that she confuses bitterness with satire. And when it is spread so thickly it distorts everything into bleakness.
The writing is good and the plots are interesting, but the negativity gives no place to enjoy even the revenges or the past memories of the characters that feel cheated and used by their past loves making all an exercise in desperation for older character that discover or are very aware of their mortal coil.
It is good reading if you like Margaret Atwood but with the caveat that it is not happy reading or life affirming.
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