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Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood

In 1843, a 16-year-old Canadian housemaid named Grace Marks was tried for the murder of her employer and his mistress. The sensationalistic trial made headlines throughout the world, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Yet opinion remained fiercely divided about Marks--was she a spurned woman who had taken out her rage on two innocent victims, or was she an unwilling victim herself, caught up in a crime she was too young to understand? Such doubts persuaded the judges to commute her sentence to life imprisonment, and Marks spent the next 30 years in an assortment of jails and asylums, where she was often exhibited as a star attraction. In Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood reconstructs Marks's story in fictional form. Her portraits of 19th-century prison and asylum life are chilling in their detail. The author also introduces Dr. Simon Jordan, who listens to the prisoner's tale with a mixture of sympathy and disbelief. In his effort to uncover the truth, Jordan uses the tools of the then rudimentary science of psychology. But the last word belongs to the book's narrator--Grace herself

To:                ALL                   Date:    04/14
From:   FAVB99B    JANE NIEMEIER         Time:     9:45 PM

ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood                              
This is a wonderful book.  Of the three that we have read on
the new list, this is by far my favorite, and I liked the   
other two quite well.                                       
1) I love the historical detail.  I was fascinated even when
Grace was talking about how to do laundry properly and how  
to scrub the floor.  When Grace talked about not being able 
to buy any new clothes, it made me think about how spoiled  
we are in the 20th century.  I thought Atwood captured the  
feeling of the period.  Of course, I don't know if she did  
or didn't since I wasn't around back then, in spite of      
what my students may think.  Atwood was quite               
tongue-in-cheek about the detail in Grace's story.  She     
mentions that Dr. Jordan gets a little bored with all of the
domestic stories and is waiting somewhat impatiently for    
Grace to suddenly remember everything about the murders.    
2) The quilt patterns that introduce each chapter are       
wonderful as well.  The tie-ins to each chapter make one    
stop and think.                                             
3) I also love the ambiguity.  PLOT SPOILER.  Atwood gives  
the facts of this story and tells us what she invented.     
At the end, we are not sure if Grace committed the crime or 
not.  Did Dupont put her up to the "possessed by Mary       
Whitney" story?  Did you notice that she wished to include  
the kerchief that was around Nancy's neck in her quilt?  Was
this significant?  She did include a scrap of her prison    
nightgown because the time in prison was such a big chunk of
her life.  Maybe, Grace wanted a piece of the kerchief      
because the murders were such a turning point in her life.  
Thanks to gail for suggesting this book.  BTW, Sherry asked 
me to post on this.  Since, I haven't time to do it         
tomorrow, I am posting today.  Jane in chilly CO            

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To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/15 From: KDEX08B RUTH BAVETTA Time: 1:34 AM I pulled a Barb Moors on this one and "read" it on tape, Jane. It was read by Elizabeth McGovern in a delightful lilt that gave just the right flavor of the "auld country". Enjoyed it thoroughly. Unfortunately, the taped edition was abridged and I've planned to actually read the book, but life has been so hectic this last month that I've got little or no reading done at all. I'm hoping I can remember enough of the ins and outs of this book to add something to the discussion. Ruth =============== Reply 2 of Note 29 =================
To: KDEX08B RUTH BAVETTA Date: 04/15 From: WSRF10B SHERRY KELLER Time: 8:42 AM Jane, Thanks for starting the thread. I read this book a year ago and that seems a bit soon for a reread, even though I'm sure it certainly deserves one. I really enjoyed this book too. The thing that sticks with me is her quiet inner life and how she seems almost zenlike in her patience. As I was reading, I knew the quilt designs had some deep meaning, but I was so fired up to finish the book, I gave them little thought. Now, maybe I should go back and think about them some more. Sherry =============== Reply 3 of Note 29 =================
To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/15 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 9:32 AM I enjoyed ALIAS GRACE enormously too. It was sort of an old-fashioned "good read" and exceptionally well-written, I thought...interesting that I'm surprised when these two factors come together. The Washington Post Book World review on the cover probably says it better: "ALIAS GRACE has all the pacing of a commercial novel and all the resonance of a classic." This is only the third thing I've read by Atwood and the first two were on tape. One was a book of short stories whose title I can't remember and the other was GOOD BONES AND SIMPLE MURDERS which were two novellas combined together. I find ALIAS GRACE to be far superior to those two. In that writing, there was a sort of self-consciousness that I felt was tied into Atwood's own personal issues. She obviously has strong feminist feelings which I agree with, but there was a cast to it in her writing that was a bit too coy. I found none of this in AG, not even a smidgeon. I sort of felt like I was reading a totally different writer. I loved her depiction of Grace as simply taking life as it came, from the very beginning pages of the novel to the end. As she proceeds through events, you want to reach out and warn her how dangerous everything can be and I found myself caring a great deal about her, a wonderful ingredient in a story. The language that is used by the characters feels right for the period, as well. I also loved that Atwood let you know what was historical fact and what she had extrapolated. I wonder why more authors don't do that. It gave me the feeling that she loved the original story so much that she wanted the presentation of it to have the most integrity possible. SPOILER ALERT On the negative side, the only factor that reminded me that this was Atwood was the quality of the male characters. Do you find one single admirable male in the story? Even Jamie Walsh had his own somewhat selfish reasons for coming back and marrying her. His need to hear how horrible her imprisonment had been, complete with all the gorey details rings true from human nature, but some part of me cried out, "Can't one of these guys be a good guy?" And, I wasn't sure that the possibility of Grace having a 2nd personality (in the multiple personality sense) that took over while she was doing the murder was supported well. Did you think that this was only Dr. Jordan's version to explain it all away or that Atwood was seriously proposing it as a possibility? It was certainly difficult to imagine the Grace who was talking in the book coming to the point of what she did. However, it is possible to imagine a person who had lived the life she'd led coming to that point. Barb =============== Reply 4 of Note 29 =================
To: WSRF10B SHERRY KELLER Date: 04/15 From: MXDD10A DALE SHORT Time: 9:44 AM Sherry & All: ALIAS GRACE was one of my favorite novels in a long time, and knowing what I do of Atwood I too was amazed to find it agenda-free...even though, as Barb points out, one or two vaguely nice males wouldn't have been a bad addition. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the quilt details either, except the part that has one of my favorite lines in fiction. It's when Grace is sewing the "Tree of Knowledge" pattern, and reflects that the Adam and Eve story has always bothered her: "If you eat of the tree of knowledge, you will surely die. But you're going to die anyway, and at least if you eat of the tree you won't die quite so bone ignorant as you were..." I love it. What a wonderful, lovable character Grace is, and what a great inner life she managed to construct despite the horrors around her. Dale in Ala. =============== Reply 5 of Note 29 =================
To: MXDD10A DALE SHORT Date: 04/15 From: ZRPD32A RICHARD HAGGART Time: 10:06 AM I too enjoyed this one tremendously. Not sure I would agree that Atwood didn't have an "agenda" in this one, but it sure isn't the political tub-thumper she's been known for in the past. Regardless, Grace is a truly interesting and durable character and the story very, very well crafted. As Barb noted, I thought the male characters were a little one dimensional (is there *any* man on the planet who isn't a rogue, a scoundrel, or a libertine? Whoops, don't answer that question...), but other than that I would be hard pressed to find much to criticize here. Hope Atwood continues to move away from political polemics and toward more literary efforts like this one. Dick P.S. Did anyone else's 'note writing screen' turn from it's traditional black to a lurid red this morning? Honestly, it's like this P* has a mind of its own. =============== Reply 6 of Note 29 =================
To: ZRPD32A RICHARD HAGGART Date: 04/15 From: KDEX08B RUTH BAVETTA Time: 1:02 PM I read THE HANDMAID'S TALE prior to this, and agree that AG is by far the superior book. A point of view is fine in a book, but too much socio-political agenda, as in AHT, even if you agree with it, is off-putting. Ruth, who's been have lurid screens and other problems off and on ever since she installed Norton Utilities to help clear up problems she didn't have, thereby once again validating the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." =============== Reply 7 of Note 29 =================
To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/15 From: BUYS59A BARBARA HILL Time: 9:33 PM I finished Atwoods Alias Grace last night and was very impressed with the story and how it was told. I saw Grace as very innocent and easily shocked. I wonder if her extraordinary awareness to everything around her--smells, people's moods, weather, changes in her surroundings--didn't emphasize her innocence and sensitivity. Naming the book Alias Grace seemed at the same time to be saying that she had another personality. Jeremiah put her up to using Mary in the trance in order to help her. Back when he wanted Grace to leave Kinnears to work with him, he said "I would instruct you in what to say and put you into trances." On the last page when she says she is putting snakes on her Tree of Paradise quilt because without a snake or two the main part of the story would be missing, I thought she saw Nancy, Mary and herself as innocents misused by the men. Did anyone else see it that way? B. Hill =============== Reply 8 of Note 29 =================
To: KDEX08B RUTH BAVETTA Date: 04/15 From: KXBZ24A ANNE WILFONG Time: 9:33 PM I read half of GRACE about 8 months ago and put it aside for some odd reason. Had it not been for being on our list, I never would've had the pleasure of finishing this book. This is the only exposure to Atwood for me, and I found her writing to flow well. Grace's naivete annoyed me at times, and charmed me at others. This time period is a fun one in medical history, and I loved how the peddler kept surfacing as the hypnotist, snake oil salesman, etc. In the end, I was hooked on Grace, and could see so clearly why she put the prison nightgown in her quilt...she "grew up" there and it had been such a part of her that it was difficult to let it go completely... A very good book. Thanks for "making" me finish it! Anne in CO, where they got the forecast wrong again... =============== Reply 9 of Note 29 =================
To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/15 From: KGXC73A GAIL SINGER GROSS Time: 10:03 PM greetings to all our CR'S ... this is the best of ATWOOD... okay.. the question is was GRACE lying or telling the truth when she was hypnotized....did you believe her??? i wish i had the book at my fingertips.. it has been so long... the other book i loved was CAT'S EYE... gail..hp..a p r =============== Reply 10 of Note 29 =================
To: KGXC73A GAIL SINGER GROSS Date: 04/16 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 4:11 PM gail... The one regret I have about how I read ALIAS GRACE was the speed with which I read it. I just gulped it down and didn't really go through it carefully. There are lots of little hints and threads in there that I know I missed. My gut-level response was that she was lying when she was hypnotized. By that I mean that she knew what she was saying. Even though I couldn't initially imagine the Grace whose voice we heard in the story talking the way she did under hypnosis or doing the murder, I can imagine those life circumstances producing a person who conducted herself one way to survive and another way when the rage overtook her. Does that mean that the rage produced another personality? I suppose it's how you define a multiple personality. How much is known about the transition by the person who experiences it? I tend to think that Grace was aware of the transition, but pushed it out of her consciousness to deal with herself on a daily basis. What do you think? Didn't you read this for your class? If so, what did the professor and other students think? And, do you have any other info from that class on AG? Barb =============== Reply 11 of Note 29 =================
To: BUYS59A BARBARA HILL Date: 04/16 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 4:11 PM Interesting point about the title of the book, Barbara. I'm amazed that I never even thought much about it. But, again, it brings me back to wondering how much Grace knew about the other side of herself. I'm glad that you and Anne brought up Jeremiah. What an interesting character he was weaving through the story! And, I found myself thinking a lot about how different Grace's life would have been if she'd left the Kinnears to travel with Jeremiah. She would have escaped that situation, but she would have had no chance for "respectability" and she couldn't give that up. And, did you think that when he told her that he would instruct her in what to say and put her into trances that Atwood was foreshadowing what would happen when he finally did "hypnotize" her in front of Dr. Jordan? That would seem to say that she did know what she was saying. I guess I didn't think that Grace was saying that putting the snakes in the quilt meant that they were men. I thought that she was saying that bad things were simply an essential part of all stories. Barb =============== Reply 12 of Note 29 =================
To: ZRPD32A RICHARD HAGGART Date: 04/16 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 4:11 PM Dick, You know, the most disappointing man in the book for me was Dr. Jordan. And, he wasn't a libertine, rogue or scoundrel. He was just incredibly *weak.* I wanted to give him a swift kick in the pants. And, since Barbara H. and Anne have mentioned Jeremiah, I've realized that he was the one male in the book who was worthwhile. He wasn't offering Grace the kind of life she wanted, but he was totally honest about what he *was* offering her. And, I didn't get the feeling that he would try to cheat her, etc. He just was giving her a chance to join him where he was going and in what he was doing. It actually sounded like a pretty good choice to me, but given the social restrictions that Grace was facing, I can see why it didn't to her. Barb =============== Reply 13 of Note 29 =================
To: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Date: 04/16 From: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Time: 10:30 PM Given that this is Margaret Atwood, Barb, I think it is quite safe to say that the snakes represent men. Theresa =============== Reply 14 of Note 29 =================
To: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Date: 04/17 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 8:49 AM Good point, Theresa, I guess I was filtering it through my own value system. Barb =============== Reply 15 of Note 29 =================
To: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Date: 04/17 From: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Time: 11:11 PM Barb and all. Grace says several times toward the end that she is trying to think of things to say that Dr. Jordan would want to hear. It seems almost as if she is entertaining him and maybe inventing some of the story. I also thought that she protested her sexual innocence too much. Every man was after her and she resisted each advance and kept her virtue (she said). I do like Grace, and one of the reasons that I like her is that she remains a puzzle even after the long story. Dale, I loved that quote about Adam and Eve as well. Grace said some wonderful things. Jane in unsettled CO =============== Reply 16 of Note 29 =================
To: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Date: 04/17 From: KGXC73A GAIL SINGER GROSS Time: 11:49 PM greetings THERESA.. LOL.. gail.hp.. apr. =============== Reply 17 of Note 29 =================
To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/19 From: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Time: 2:45 AM The last story (more a novella) in Andrea Barrett's book "Ship Fever" should be interesting for those who liked Alias Grace for its depiction of a particular time and place and people. Ship Fever as a whole is worthwhile if you are a short story fan. Theresa =============== Reply 18 of Note 29 =================
To: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Date: 04/19 From: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Time: 9:40 PM I found this book very enjoyable. As Barb anticipated, the historical aspects were particularly interesting for me. I thought that Atwood did a very good job of writing in a 19th century voice. I have read several of her other books, including CAT'S EYE, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, and THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Of these, I enjoyed THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM the most. She had a female professor of military history in that book that just cracked me up. Parts of GRACE are also quite witty. For example, after describing the scrapbooks the governor's wife keeps detailing the crimes of the prisoners and mentioning how the prisoners are encouraged to learn to read, Grace says: "They want you to be able to read the Bible, and also tracts, as religion and thrashing are the only remedies for a depraved nature and our immortal souls must be considered. It is shocking how many crimes the Bible contains. The Governor's wife should cut them all out and paste them into her scrapbook." Although Atwood is never very sympathetic to her male characters, I rather liked Dr. Jordan. His heart was in the right place, and I couldn't really fault him too much for the affair with his landlady. She did, after all, seduce him while he was dreaming. Whatever sins he may have committed, he certainly paid for them by being left in the care of his mother (loved those passive aggressive letters she wrote) and her handpicked fiance after he was wounded in the war. Grace is a wonderful character. For whatever it's worth, I thought the odds were that the split personality was a fake. Mary Whitney seemed like a pretty nice girl to me, and I didn't think that the brutality "she" expressed during the hypnosis scene was in character. I think that was something Grace and Jeremiah cooked up. One other thought on Grace -- probably her case would never attracted near the attention it did if she hadn't been beautiful. =============== Reply 19 of Note 29 =================
To: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Date: 04/20 From: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Time: 9:42 PM Ann, I enjoyed your note. About Mary Whitney! Isn't there some doubt whether she existed at all? Dr. Jordan finds her grave marker, but since there isn't a date, he doesn't know whether Grace happened on this marker and made up a story to fit her needs. I like the fact that we really don't know what was going on in Grace's head. Jane =============== Reply 20 of Note 29 =================
To: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Date: 04/20 From: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Time: 9:46 PM I liked this book, but didn't love it. To me, the POST review rings true when it says that AG reads like a commercial novel. I can't exacly say why I feel this way. I just know that during Dr. Jordan's interviews with Grace the reader gets a definite impression that Grace is manipulating the information, and that she may not be quite so innocent as she protests. This is the 3rd Atwood I've read, and I prefer CAT'S EYE to this. MAP =============== Reply 21 of Note 29 =================
To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/20 From: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Time: 9:57 PM Jane, Good point that the reader can't really be sure that Whitney even existed. What made this book so interesting for me was that it left open so many possibilities. Ann =============== Reply 22 of Note 29 =================
To: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Date: 04/20 From: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Time: 9:59 PM MAP, I can't remember much about CAT'S EYE, but I do know I found it quite depressing. I admire Atwood because she is able to write in a variety of styles. ALIAS GRACE is quite different from any of her other books. Ann =============== Reply 23 of Note 29 =================
To: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Date: 04/20 From: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Time: 11:19 PM I am not a great Atwood fan, though I have read quite a few of her novels. I keep going back for more, so there must be something that grabs me. The only one that I totally approved of was The Handmaid's Tale - she let it all hang out with that, and it worked just fine. I don't always have a problem with agenda writing - the great writers seem to seamlessly integrate their agendas into their work. Atwood does best when she doesn't try to throw a veil over what she is trying to communicate. She has a nice, clear writing style, but her characters always seem mere vehicles for her message, unlike some other writers, who fully realize their characters and still manage to get across their message. =============== Reply 24 of Note 29 =================
To: NDKB53A THERESA SIMPSON Date: 04/23 From: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Time: 9:56 PM Theresa, I know exactly what you mean when you say you keep going back for more from Atwood. It seems whether you like her work or not, she is so readable. But I have a question. I don't think we've heard from any of the male CRs on this thread. Do men read Atwood? Any of our guys care to answer this one? MAP =============== Reply 25 of Note 29 =================
To: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Date: 04/24 From: ZRPD32A RICHARD HAGGART Time: 0:24 AM MAP: See replies 4 & 5 herein, although admittedly, Dale and I are only technically male. In our souls, we're really quite feminine which probably explains how our monster contributions to this discussion were overlooked. Personally, I'm planning on taking some kind of psychological development course to put some hair back on the chest of my karma. Dick =============== Reply 26 of Note 29 =================
To: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Date: 04/24 From: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Time: 0:26 AM I not only wondered at first whether or not there was a Mary Whitney, I also wondered if Jeremiah was really Dr. DuPont and the others. We have only Grace's identification. I was rather irritated that Dr. Jordan didn't do something so elementary as stopping in at that Methodist church to check the parrish records. I wondered if he really didn't want to know. Grace's account of her actions and feelings before and after the murders rang eerily true to me. You can wind up saying and doing some of the damnedest things when you think you're dealing with a madman, and trying to put off or ameliorate their schemes is one way of handling it. As to whether she had true multiple personality disorder, I'm not quite sure, though I did note the early episode that had nothing to do with the murder. I also thought "Mary Whitney" became a convenient vehicle for things Grace thought or felt and was ashamed of. There was an interesting counterpoint between her and Dr. Jordan. It was almost as though they nearly traded places. Grace tells about being alone in a situation where every action can be misinterpreted, and Dr. Jordan immediately finds himself in one. The mistake was not confiding Mrs. Humphrey's care to the local religious authorities (best at that time) and getting the heck out of there the minute the situation became disturbingly and compromisingly irregular. I kept thinking he was damned unprofessional and deserved to wind up being crocheted into one of Faith Cartwright's afgans or whatever she was making. Meanwhile, his drawing out of her story and feelings seems to have a quite positive effect on Grace. I was delighted with the literary and operatic references placing the story in the emotional context of its period. The frequent references to Sir Walter Scott's excessive madwomen and the snippet about LA SONAMBULA fit right into the emotional background. SONAMBULA is an opera with surprising psychological validity, given the time. DuPont bungled, though, when he spoke of a Lucia getting so into the part she murdered her real life lover in a sort of hysterical excess. She should have murdered her HUSBAND. When I read about Mrs. Humphrey's sad wanderings about the lake, I though there was the real difference between romantic fiction and real life - you just keep on living and have to go on somehow. Cathy =============== Reply 27 of Note 29 =================
To: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Date: 04/24 From: WSRF10B SHERRY KELLER Time: 7:35 AM Dear Cathy, I wish I remembered more of ALIAS GRACE (I read it over a year ago) so I could better appreciate your excellent post. You make me want to reread it, but too many other books are calling me. Sherry =============== Reply 28 of Note 29 =================
To: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Date: 04/24 From: KDEX08B RUTH BAVETTA Time: 1:36 PM Cathy, your posts was so witty and intelligent, that I loved reading it. I'm wishing I'd really read this book, instead of listening to an abridged tape, in spite of Elizabeth McGovern's wonderful reading. Ruth =============== Reply 29 of Note 29 =================
To: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Date: 04/24 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 7:45 PM Excellent post, Cathy. I knew I'd be happy you read this book. And, you have a complex mystery reader's take on it. I miss so many hints and details and tend to take characters in a straightforward way as they are presented. But, there definitely was some interweaving of Mary Whitney and Grace, either totally or only after Whitney's death...and maybe that's when the personality confusion began. Jeremiah as Dr. DuPont is a point I need to think about. And, I totally missed the operatic references...glad to hear that they were almost correct. Barb =============== Reply 30 of Note 29 =================
To: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Date: 04/24 From: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Time: 10:43 PM Dear Cathy, What a great note! We needed your historical and operatic background to add to our enjoyment of this book. I believe that Grace does say that Dr. Dupont is Jeremiah at some point in the book. Did you mean that you figured this out before the author told us? Good for you! Jane who loves all of the different CR perspectives =============== Reply 31 of Note 29 =================
To: FAVB99B JANE NIEMEIER Date: 04/25 From: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Time: 0:00 AM No, I didn't figure it out; I wondered if this were an illusion of Grace's - though there were plenty of charlatans back then. Because we really had only two points of view, I found myself questioning almost everything. I also began wishing she'd follow up with a BALTHAZAR and MOUNTOLIVE to show us exactly what was going on; Durrell really had a good idea there. I wondered about Mrs. Quennell and the table rappings during the hypnosis - the most disorderly hypnosis session I've ever read. Was Mrs. Quennell in with Jeremiah? Also, I inconsequentially wondered about Mary's lover; if it was the son of Alderman Parkinson, why did he smell of fish? Cathy =============== Reply 32 of Note 29 =================
To: YHJK89A CATHERINE HILL Date: 04/26 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 8:45 AM Oh geez, my memory for names is tripping me up here. I was thinking that Dr. DuPont was one of the earlier men in the book and wondered, after Cathy's note, if Jeremiah was moving in and out as a number of them. However, now that I get the point of what you really meant, Cathy, the thought occurs to me that once you consider the possibility that *anything* in the story could be an illusion of Grace's, you certainly open a big door. Speculation could proceed in a million different directions. Barb =============== Reply 33 of Note 29 =================
To: TQWX67A ANN DAVEY Date: 04/26 From: NCSH82B BARBARA MOORS Time: 10:37 AM To those of you who have HOMEWORK HELPER, there are two very good articles about Atwood and ALIAS GRACE, if you give the research words "Alias Grace". One of them is the article in Maclean's and another is an interview with her in Mother Jones. She sees herself as someone who does *not* want to tailor her stories to pre-conceived political beliefs. The interviewer in MJ seemed a little frustrated that Atwood wouldn't place herself in a leftist cubby-hole. Instead, she characterized herself as a "Red Tory" a group of people who have traditionally believed that those in power have a responsibility to those they govern, without respect to money...sounds close to leftist to me when I write it, but not necessarily when I read it so maybe I should go back and read it again. I also liked her more in the interview than I thought I would. She completely does not like this tendency toward the view that "women are better" in feminism, but felt that the original point was that women are people which is far more interesting in the long run, for literary characters as well as everywhere else. Also, she said that after all of her research (which was a LOT), she still doesn't know who killed Kinnear and his housekeeper. Barb =============== Reply 34 of Note 29 =================
To: ZRPD32A RICHARD HAGGART Date: 04/26 From: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Time: 8:44 PM Ooops, mucho apologies to Dale and Dick for having overlooked your contributions here. MAP =============== Reply 35 of Note 29 =================
To: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Date: 04/26 From: FNMN56E LYNN EVANS Time: 9:28 PM Dick 'n' Dale? Ain't them those two excessively polite Warner Brothers chipmunks? I thought so... =============== Reply 36 of Note 29 =================
To: FNMN56E LYNN EVANS Date: 04/28 From: FDLX59B MARY ANNE PAPALE Time: 6:48 PM And I went to such trouble to write Dale and Dick, and not Dick and Dale. It was supposed to be an apology. Now you've gone and ruined it, Lynn. I was so sure no one would notice. MAP


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