Friday 27 July 2012

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood - Book Review

Title: The Robber Bride
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 1995 (1993)
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Source: Gift (Secondhand Copy)

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Roz, Charis, and Tony all share a wound, and her name is Zenia. Beautiful, smart, and hungry, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless, Zenia is the turbulent center of her own neverending saga. She entered their lives in the sixties, when they were in college. Over the three decades since, she has damaged each of them badly, ensnaring their sympathy, betraying their trust, and treating their men as loot. Then Zenia dies, or at any rate the three women—with much relief—attend her funeral. But as The Robber Bride begins, Roz, Charis, and Tony have come together at a trendy restaurant for their monthly lunch when in walks the seemingly resurrected Zenia... (Goodreads Synopsis)

There was nothing 'wrong' with this book per se: the characters were well-drawn, the action well-paced and the prose easy to read.

However, I just never really connected with the story. Some of Atwood's other books have gripped me from the start, but this one left me feeling a little cold and unaffected. The characters were interesting enough, but I didn't come to care deeply for any of them. The story did hold my attention to a certain extent, but I was never really fussed about what would happen and who would 'win'.

If you are a die-hard Atwood fan, then give this a go. But if you are new to her work, I wouldn't recommend this one as an introduction.

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