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A man finds himself surrounded by women who are becoming palel, more silent and literally smaller; a woman's intimate life is strangely dominated by the fear of nuclear warfare; a melancholy teenage love is swept away by a hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds...In these exceptional short stories, by turns funny and searingly honest, Margaret Atwood captures brilliantly the complex forces that govern our relationships, and the powerful emotions that guide them.

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • 10-02-14

spare and sophisticated

Margaret Atwood must surely be one of the greatest living writers. These stories are of course well crafted; well narrated too. Observations of others, confessions of the story-tellers. Sometimes the insights seem so personal that they seem to stray into reminiscence, but she is such a skilled writer that I would never work it out for myself if/where the boundary with fiction might be. But only 4 stars from me this time because I much prefer the greater depth allowed by her novels like Oryx and Crake and the best for me, The Blind Assassin.

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