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Moral Disorder: And Other Stories


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ISBN13: 9780385503846
ISBN10: 0385503849
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One of our best-loved storytellers, Margaret Atwood writes with a wry wit and a keen understanding of human nature. In Moral Disorder, she has created a series of interconnected stories that illuminate a lifetime of emotions, crossroads, and ironic fates. From the 1930s to the present, each decade serves as a rich palette for AtwoodÕs imaginative, at times wickedly humorous portrayal of the world. Guided by the protagonist, a writer named Nell, we tread terrain that ranges from the scenic to the treacherous: love lost and found, sibling rivalry and the nostalgia of childhood, political anxiety, the aging process, and contemporary life versus the raw power of nature.

A provocative depiction of humanity, Moral Disorder brims with topics for good conversation. We hope that the following questions will enhance your reading groupÕs discussion of this powerful collection.

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Laurie Beringer, April 27, 2007 (view all comments by Laurie Beringer)
Dry, witty, quietly hilarious, deep, true and sad. I didn't want to finish these perfectly crafted short stories. Just amazing. Atwood at her best!
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and Other Stories
Atwood, Margaret
Atwood, Margaret
Nan A. Talese
Short Stories (single author)
Short stories, canadian
Autobiographical fiction, Canadian
Stories (single author)
Publication Date:
September 19, 2006
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8.50x5.96x.93 in. .89 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Nan A. Talese - English 9780385503846 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An intriguing patchwork of poignant episodes, Atwood's latest set of stories (after The Tent) chronicles 60 years of a Canadian family, from postwar Toronto to a farm in the present. The opening piece of this novel-in-stories is set in the present and introduces Tig and Nell, married, elderly and facing an uncertain future in a world that has become foreign and hostile. From there, the book casts back to an 11-year-old Nell excitedly knitting garments for her as yet unborn sister, Lizzie, and continues to trace her adolescence and young adulthood; Nell rebels against the stern conventions of her mother's Toronto household, only to rush back home at 28 to help her family deal with Lizzie's schizophrenia. After carving out a 'medium-sized niche' as a freelance book editor, Nell meets Oona, a writer, who is bored with her marriage to Tig. Oona has been searching for someone to fill 'the position of second wife,' and she introduces Nell to Tig. Later in life, Nell takes care of her once vital but now ravaged-by-age parents. Though the episodic approach has its disjointed moments, Atwood provides a memorable mosaic of domestic pain and the surface tension of a troubled family. (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Unlike some books, in which key plot points revealed ahead of time may ruin the dramatic effect, the story of Moral Disorder — a woman's life — should be familiar, one in which births and deaths occur in the natural way. 'Where are we without our plots?' Nell asks, as her father loses his memory, and thus, his own narrative. The stories we know, Atwood suggests, help us make sense of the 'other stories,' the stories yet to come." (read the entire review)
"Review" by , "Her stories are sophisticated, reticent, ornate, stark, supple, stiff, savage or forgiving; they are exactly what she wants them to be. They are stories from the prime of life."
"Review" by , "Stories like 'The White Horse'...prove Atwood is still a master of the compelling, peculiar portrait of human behavior. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "...Atwood's stories evoke humankind's disasterous hubris and phenomenal spirit with empathy and bemusement."
"Review" by , "Crisp, vivid detail and imagery and a rich awareness of the unity of human generations, people and animals...make Moral Disorder one of Atwood's most accessible and engaging works yet."
"Review" by , "In these reflective selections, Atwood...turns inward, as autobiographical as she has been to date. The result is alternatively humorous and heart-wrenching, occasionally sardonic and always brutally honest....Recommended..."
"Synopsis" by , This collection of ten stories is almost a novel by turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal — displaying Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage.
"Synopsis" by , Margaret Atwood has frequently been cited as one of the foremost writers of our time. MORAL DISORDER, her moving new book of fiction, could be seen either as a collection of ten stories that is almost a novel or as a novel broken up into ten stories. It resembles a photograph album ? a series of clearly observed moments that trace the course of a life, and also of the lives intertwined with it ? those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals.
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