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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2000
Even now, at the age of 82, Iris lives in the shadow cast by her younger sister, Laura. Now poor and trying to cope with a failing body, Iris reflects on her far-from-exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death.
©2001 Margaret Atwood; ©2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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By Samantha on 01-25-10

Loved it

Oh I loved this story, didn't totally understand it after the end at the first read, so downloaded the study notes and listened to it again and it made more sense. Thank goodness for Audible, I don't have time to sit and read a book. Margaret Atwood is amazing.

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By Anusha Narayanan on 08-20-17

My first Atwood

I loved it. The narration is spectacular. The story can be a bit long but every chapter has something for you to look forward to in the next chapter. This is the first time I have consumed any book by Atwood and I loved it. I love myself for pursuing through it. :)

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By Anthony on 02-15-11

Compelling

A glorious book full of intrigue, secrets and the frailties of human relationships. The book was a litle difficult to get into but once the listener understands the elements of moving back and forth in time, it becomes unputdownable! At times the story seemed surreal reminding me of stories by Michael Cox another great novelist. The sister Laura is clearly much confused by her mothers untimely death which to all intents and purposes does much to shape her life during her teens and later years. Iris the main character hovers between timidness and strength in her unhappy and unfulfilled life and secretly harbours such anger against those who have become her intimate family.
The characters were well defined and believable and the story as a whole never became tedious or drawn-out.
Brilliant with a satisfactory ending!

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By JC Niala on 02-02-16

Beautifully brutal

The secrets and lies behind a families story. A novel within a novel. This book with more layers than puff pastry slowly invites you to delve into what is inside. The ways in which sisters can love and hurt and what we choose to see or not to see in order to survive.

A few coincidences create a slight air of disbelief in what is otherwise an engaging and astonishingly descriptive book. Set against a backdrop of the wars that would make Canada a nation, it also provides great historical insight into a countries development alongside individual tragedy.

The perfectly pitched performance made it a pleasurable if uncomfortable listen.

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By Violet on 09-04-17

Well written but boring and uneventful

Bored me to tears... A shame because I like Margaret Atwood. Perhaps there is something to the story that I have missed but it feels incomplete .

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