Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0770427596 Global Overview for this book
Registered by VSP-560485 on 6/12/2006
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by VSP-560485 on Monday, June 12, 2006
Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace deals with the notorious murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Upper Canada in 1843. Two servants of the Kinnear household, Grace Marks and James McDermott, were convicted of the crime. James McDermott was hanged and Grace Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Journal Entry 2 by VSP-560485 on Saturday, September 23, 2006
I first offered this book as an international bookring, but then I've changed it for a bookray.

Shipping order:

1. conto (Portugal)
2. Kizmiaz (Portugal)
3. Twynnie (UK)
4. DianeO (UK) <-- BOOK HERE
5. -Psyche- (US)
6. ladilee24 (US)

The rules are pretty much the same as in other bookrings - please make a journal entry when you receive, and to share your comments when you've read the book. PM the next person in line for their address. Please try to read and pass on within 4 to 6 weeks, but if for some reason you know it won't be possible, please make an entry to tell us, or ask to be skipped or change places in the list. Or if there is any problem or change along the way, please let me know. Thanks! And enjoy reading!!! :)

Journal Entry 3 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, October 19, 2006
And it arrived today! Thanks a lot aunt-sophie, for it and for the nice note inclosed. (in Portugal we can't include any note, postcards or whatever if sending a package off as a book, or else we pay much, much more, so I'm not used to it and it's always a great and nice surprise to receive one!)

I'm afraid I received loads of books these last days (I'll have to read 5 before getting to this one! Well... 4 and a half, once one's already started), but being a more or less quick reader, I guess I'll be able to stick with the 4 to 6 weeks (alright: probably 6 weeks) notice. Meanwhile, my friend and BCer Kizmiaz, who's also a great fan of Atwood, will get to it first... I do hope you don't mind, aunt-sophie, as it would be only standing still on my table in bettween... I promess not to delay it's journey because of that.

Journal Entry 4 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, November 03, 2006
This is an amazing book, even by Margaret Atwood’s standards, I’ve read a lot of Atwood’s books this year and enjoyed most of them but this one is in a special Category, way up there with The Handmaid’s Tale.
The way the author unravels this tale is brilliant, it has all the innuendo and misquotes that were such a part of the actual trial of Grace Marks and James McDermot, also the chapters that have names and patterns of quilts and that beautiful poem/song that starts on page 11 only add to the trip that’s reading this book.
The characters are well crafted, as usual in Atwood’s writings, and the plot is like a quilt itself with patterns that make more sense viewed from a distance than too close.
It’s an emotional book in the sense that it messes with your emotions, and it’s an historical romance in the sense that it portraits customs and ways of life from the past, but I guess most of all this book is food for thought because it’s about the human being and that, as we all know, doesn’t change as much as it should.
A special thanks to conto for giving me another fix of Margaret Atwood and aunt-sophie for letting me in on this Ring.
I'll be passing the book to conto in a couple of days.

Journal Entry 5 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Sunday, November 12, 2006
Allright! So I'm just finnishing up the last book before this one. I think I'll be able to get to it tomorrow. It's a huge book, though... promess not to get lazy as it seems it's impossible to do so, anyway!

Journal Entry 6 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, December 04, 2006
And it's done. Almost on time, considering the probable 6 weeks time promised!...

Thank you so much, aunt-sophie, for this wonderful book. I had the greatest time reading it and savouring all the many details... And I can't add much more to all Kizmiaz already said, agreeing to every word he wrote!

The book will be travelling Twynnie's way tomorrow or the day after.

Journal Entry 7 by Twynnie from Royston, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
This arrived yesterday and I'm looking forward to reading it. I have one other ring to finish first but I should be able to finish it before Christmas! Thanks to aunt-sophie for sharing the book and to conto for sending it on to me!

Journal Entry 8 by Twynnie from Royston, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 28, 2006
Well I did finish reading this before Christmas but I've been too full of turkey and chocolate since to journal!

I thought this was a beautifully written book which gave so much detail in some parts and yet left so much for the reader to decide. I enjoyed the slow build up of the story and I was surprised as the characters by the climax of the piece! I'm still not sure how much of it I believe was real and how much Grace was telling the truth; it is definitely a book that makes you think, rather than something to be read passively.

I have PMed DianeO for an address so hopefully this will be on its way soon...

Journal Entry 9 by DianeO from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 06, 2007
Received earlier this week - thanks! I have 2 books ahead of this, but I'm a fast reader and will be able to start it in a couple of days.

Journal Entry 10 by DianeO from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 08, 2007
So sorry for holding on to this for ages! I absolutely loved it! The story unfolds through Grace retelling her experiences through her life, prompted by the free thinking psychologist that undertakes the task that many have given up hope of achieving, i.e. the unravelling of the mind of this enigmatic woman and her involvement in the murders perpetrated.
Have sent a PM to chich for their address, thanks for sharing!

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