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What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

This is my very first Booking Through Thursday (I feel an odd sense of excitement doing it!)  I’m very enthusiastic about the my answer to this question, because it’s an opportunity for me to endorse this book even more: the best book I’ve read recently would have to be Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride.  I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful book.  I made my mother read it.  I made my sister read it.  And I’m hoping that after my numerous endorsements and wonderful review, you will give it a shot.  Funnily enough, when I started reading The Robber Bride, it was anything but love at first sight.  I wasn’t even sure if I was going to tough it out and finish the thing.  But I am so glad I pushed forward because it turned out to be one of the most rewarding books I’ve read this summer!

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After reading Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid’s Tale for classes in school, reading this mystery/suspense novel by Atwood was quite a treat.  This book is full of insight and a wonderful discussion starter.  I also found myself relating to the three female heroines in the book: Tony, Charis, and Roz.  When their hearts broke, mine did too.  I felt their despair and they wondered how they would pick up the pieces of their life after heart break, disappointment, and devestation.

Date finished: August 2009

The novel isn’t a piece of speculative fiction, like the two previous Atwood books I have read.  Instead, it’s more of a mystery/suspence book, which revolves around a woman named Zenia who drops into the lives of each of the three heroines and destroys their worlds.  What they emerge with is a surprising friendship.  What the book surprisingly really explores are the bonds of an unusual and unexpected friendship between three women who are completely different in almost every way.  After reading the book, I couldn’t help but think about my own friendships and how it is the smallest connections that can bring people together.  Atwood creates an unconventional friendship that depicts what I believe to be the truest bonds of friendship – helping someone pick up the pieces after they have lost everything that matters.  She does this in a very poignant way by not sugar-coating anything.  The book shoes that imperfections are natural in EVERYTHING – people, friendships, even enemies.  By shifting viewpoints between the three women, Atwood depicts reality.  She shows insecurities, jealousy, love, lust, anger – and she does so quite accurately.  Her writing is crisp and incredibly accurate at describing things that everyone feels.

The book is also about perseverance in the face of absolute devastation.  Atwood paints amazingly detailed pictures of each woman and their stories are amazing.  I finished the book feeling amazed at what some people are capable of living through.  The strength and courage of Atwood’s female characters is amazing and inspiring.  If anything, it should leave female readers feeling like they can really take on anything the world might throw at them.  I’m glad that this book kept with Atwood’s usual feminist undertones, because I believe that they introduce wonderful topics for women to discuss and think about. Still men don’t need to worry because the book is not all about women’s power, it just shows some of the struggles women face in the modern world.  Despite all that they have accomplished, there are still certain walls that inhibit them and Atwood openly acknowledges explores that problem in this book (but it is in a very tastefully subtle way).

All in all, I must say that this is yet another masterpiece by Atwood.  It was wonderfully written (as usual) and difficult to put down.  I very highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.  Her writing really throws you for a loop – it’s unexpected and absolutely refreshing.

Overall rating: A

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