Saturday, October 31

Book Review: Good Bones

Title: Good Bones

Author: Margaret Atwood

Pages: 117

Summary: In GOOD BONES, first published in 1992, Margaret Atwood has fashioned an enthralling collection of parable, monologue, mini-romance and mini-biography, speculative fiction, prose lyric, outrageous recipie and reconfigured fairy tale, demonstrating yet again the play of unerring wit overseen by a panoramic intelligence.
Short Stories included with the collection:

Bad News
The Little Red Hen Tells All
Gertrude Talks Back
There Was Once
Unpopular Gals
Let Us Now Praise Stupid Women
The Female Body
In Love With Raymond Chandler
Stump Hunting
Making a Man
Men at Sea
Alien Territory
Adventure Story
Hard Ball
My Life as a Bat
An Angel
Poppies: Three Variations
Third Handed
Death Scenes
Four Small Paragraphs
We Want it All
Dance of the Lepers
Good Bones

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Another read-a-thon read, this was a wonderful collection of short stories, and essays, a lot of which examines the feminine psyche as well as some social commentary and observations in the world but done so in an energetic and humours way. Atwood is able to get her point out, but she uses wit and humour and her awesome story telling ability to engage the reader into her stories, and ensures you’ll never be bored.

This was one of the first short story collections where I’ve enjoyed almost all of the short stories in the book. There were a few I didn’t like as much, but most of them were great reads, which were humours, but also made some excellent observations on how society perceives things and thinks. Some of my favourites were: The Little Red Hen Tells All, There Once Was, Unpopular Girls, The Female Body, Stump Hunting (which is sure to make me laugh), Making a Man, My Life as a Bat.

Overall a wonderful collection, well worth reading and makes you want to investigate more short story collections by Atwood.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would, it was such an enjoyable collection, and Margaret Atwood is a very talented author, this book really shows how talented she is, because it’s able to show a wide spectrum of her work, but done so in very short pieces, so there’s a lot of variety and if there is a story you don’t enjoy, it’s short and you can ove on to the next quickly. Definitely worth checking out.

What to read next: More by Margaret Atwood, and you may want to check out Alice Munro, who also is a good short story teller (and both are Canadian :))

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 3rd Canadian Challenge, Fall into Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge

1 comment:

  1. You know, I have only read one book by Atwood, and have been hearing great things about her writing all over the place lately. I recently ordered Alias Grace, but I have a chance to get this book as well. Based on your review, I think I am going to jump on it and take a chance with this book. The stories sound like they really impressed you, so I will be looking forward to them. Thanks!