Book Review: Murder in the Dark by Margaret Atwood

And Margaret Atwood designed the cover.

Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood?  I haven’t, and went looking for it at the library.
They didn’t have a copy.  But they did have a little thin book of “pieces” and short novellas
by Margaret Atwood.  I decided to borrow it to get the flavor of the author.

Well, I loved it!  She’s good!  She says more in one page than many novelists put in a full chapter.  (I’m not naming names here, Henry James, and you others know who you are.)

I recommend it for a great in-between-books read for its refreshing outlook and succinct prose.  (there! I’ve been waiting and wanting to use “succinct prose” in a sentence for ages.)  And now I see what all the fuss about The Handmaid’s Tale might have been about, if only for good writing.

Alas, all things end, and at the end of this slim volume, the works begin to edge into sci-fi
and such—-leaving me not so enthused.  But! (remember Millie, the old neighbor) but! I will still stand by my enthusiasm for the first half of the book.  Give it a try if you can find it.   Let me know what you think.

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