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Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood | Literature & Fiction
Registered by minerswifebb of Similkameen, British Columbia Canada on 7/23/2003
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Rico-Verde): travelling


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7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by minerswifebb from Similkameen, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, July 23, 2003

8 out of 10

One of the few Margaret Atwood novels I have actually enjoyed. This copy is a library discard in decent shape. 


Journal Entry 2 by minerswifebb at Guest Bookshelf at The Miner's Wife B&B in Greenwood, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, July 24, 2003

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Released on Thursday, July 24, 2003 at Guest Bookshelf at The Miner's Wife B&B in Greenwood, British Columbia Canada. 


Journal Entry 3 by squirrel818 from Tafton, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, September 22, 2004

9 out of 10

received in the mail today from minerswife. thanks so much i will read it asap!
10-5-2004- "...the truth is that very few understand the truth about forgiveness. it is not the culprits who need to be forgiven; rather it is the victims, because they are the ones who cause all the touble. if they were only less weak and careless, and more foresightful, and if they would keep from blundering into difficulties, think of all the sorrow in the world that would be spared."
this was an excellent book. grace's character is so real she nearly pops off the page. if there is would thing i caould wish for in this novel it would be to have more of my questions about her sanity answered.i'm thinking of starting a bookring for this one. 


Journal Entry 4 by squirrel818 from Tafton, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, October 11, 2004

10 out of 10

here's the list-
1. jamieh2003, wv,usa
2. Wilmar, netherlands
3. Helly77, u.k.
4. landrellec, france
5. biffin44, u.k.
6. Wistroll, wi,usa
7. JenLuvsBooks, usa
8. Rico-Verde, fl,usa

back to me in nebraska





 


Journal Entry 5 by squirrel818 at sent to fellow bookcrosser in Wiley Ford, West Virginia USA on Wednesday, October 13, 2004

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Journal Entry 6 by jamieh2003 from Wiley Ford, West Virginia USA on Thursday, October 21, 2004

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This arrived in yesterday's mail. Thanks squirrel818! I have two books ahead of it but still should have it out and on it's way to The Netherlands within a week or so. 


Journal Entry 7 by jamieh2003 from Wiley Ford, West Virginia USA on Saturday, November 06, 2004

9 out of 10

Sorry it's taken me so long to read this but real life has been incredibly busy of late. This is probably my favorite book by Atwood now. What an incredible tale! The characters are written so well I had to keep reminding myself that they were works of fiction. Atwood writes this as if she were a fly on the wall observing the events that lead to the tragedy. Grace was one of the most genuine characters I have ever read and the story of her life is one that is guaranteed to keep the reader captivated. I will be sending this off to Wilmar at the beginning of the week. 


Journal Entry 8 by jamieh2003 at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 08, 2004

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to Wilmar in The Netherlands via surface mail. 


Journal Entry 9 by Wilmar from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 10, 2005

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Caught! I found the book in my mailbox today (thank you jamieh2003 :) ).
I hope I can start reading it as soon as possible, but at the moment a stream of RingBooks is finding its way to my house. So unfortunately there are two books I heave to finish before I can start this one...

You'll here from me!

Bye,
Annemarie 


Journal Entry 10 by Wilmar from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, January 27, 2005

7 out of 10

I finshed the book today. I enjoyed it a lot and read the main part of it while I was staying in France, where my father lives.

The book I read right before this one was The Handmaid's Tale, also by Margaret Atwood. Although a lot of people are very enthusiastic about that book, personally I did like Alias Grace better.
Margaret Atwoood has a completely different style of writing in both books. I thought The Handmaid's Tale was written unpersonal and flat, where Alias Grace was far more lively told.

I think Margaret Atwood did a wonderful job retelling this history. I particulary liked the passages that Grace was speaking with Dr. Jordan. She has a slight sort of humor that amused me.

A few things about this book make that I decided to reward it with a 7 rather than with an 8 or a 9. I think the story is written far too detailed. I think Margaret Atwood could have written this same story in 250 pages, and then it would still have been a very pleasant read. Now it was a bit slow, mostly in the beginning. Secondly it bothered me a little bit that we did not find out more about Dr. Jordan. It would have been nice if Grace and he would have met another time. And last: the ending was a bit unexpected. Although Atwood found proof that Grace did marry after her pardon, to me the way she discribed it seemed too 'constructed'.

Thank you very much for sharing minerswifebb, and for making this book a Ring squirrel818!. Tomorrow I'll send the book on to Helly77. 


Journal Entry 11 by Wilmar at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 28, 2005

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Sent to Helly77 today. Happy BookCrossing! :) 


Journal Entry 12 by Helly77 from Preston, Lancashire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 05, 2005

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Received safe and well. Will start as soon as possible :o) Thanks for the postcard too Wilmar ;o) 


Journal Entry 13 by Helly77 from Preston, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

8 out of 10

I found this quite hard going at first, but then I found myself absorbed by it. The details were unbelievable. It was written in such a way that I felt that I was actually there.
I did get frustrated with the letters that the Doctor wrote, as I felt they made the book feel a little disjointed. But they dod give an insight into the workings of the minds of both Doctor and 'patient'.

Will send on as soon as I get "Landrellec's" address. 


Journal Entry 14 by Helly77 at BookRing in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 01, 2005

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Landrellec asked to be skipped, so it is on its way to Biffin44! 


Journal Entry 15 by biffin44 from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 05, 2005

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actually received this yesterday but just didnt have time to register it. still, naughty slow post system here m'thinks.. anyway, thanks everyone, will get down to reading as soon as...
xxx 


Journal Entry 16 by biffin44 from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 17, 2005

8 out of 10

i really did enjoy this book despite it taking a while to read it i was quite enthralled... the interplay of grace and dr jordan really made it difficult to put down towards the end. have posted it on to rico-verde this morning. enjoy 


Journal Entry 17 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Friday, March 25, 2005

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Thanks biffin44--received in the mail today. Looking forward to this. 


Journal Entry 18 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, April 19, 2005

7 out of 10

Alias Grace (Margaret Atwood, 1996) was a fun read for me. Like Oryx & Crake, it held my interest by telling two stories intermittently. The first is a series of recollections told in the first person voice of Grace Marks, convicted murderess. She is speaking to Dr. Simon Jordan, a young psychologist out to make a name for himself. His befuddled misadventures are narrated in the third person and form the second, less developed, part of the story. Epistolary chapters are sprinkled throughout for extra flavor. Atwood skillfully deploys these narrative variations to keep the reader’s interest throughout the book’s 500 plus pages.

The Grace Marks story is historical. The book’s first chapter reprints a broadsheet ballad from the mid-1800s describing Grace’s crime. It is remarkable that Atwood manages to create suspense around events which are given out on the first page. The question is whether Grace is guilty or not. Atwood creates such a vivid and complex portrait of Grace that it becomes very hard for a reader to make a cut-and-dry decision either way. It’s a complex psychological, ethical, even spiritual issue.

All of these themes (and the two threads of the story) converge dramatically in the book’s climactic scene. I was rather excited by it all at this point. I think Alias Grace deserves respect as an artful novel that spins a good yarn first and foremost, and manages to mix in some food for thought besides.

Sorry if this is all rather vague, but I don’t want to give any plot points away. 


Journal Entry 19 by Rico-Verde at Library's book sale rack in Leesburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, April 19, 2005

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