4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An engaging and multilayered novel,
This review is from: Alias Grace (Paperback)
Certainly one of Atwood's strongest novels, this thoughtful and provocative text deals with the themes of gender and class in a subtle and challenging dialogue.
Those readers expecting a clear narrative with a revelation of "truth" at the conclusion will be disappointed (as I notice from several of the reviews included here), as this is not a "whodunnit" or standard crime novel. Instead Atwood uses the case of Grace Marks to question and deconstruction 19th century notions of gender and class identity.
The novel is narrated from the differing and, at times, conflicting perspectives of the characters, revealing tensions that are never clearly disolved, but instead open up the class ideologies of the period (as well as the traditional romanticised historical novel) for critique.
Despite (or perhaps due to) the deliberate lack of narrative clarity, and the ultimate lack of resolution, I found this a completing engaging read, and a tale which haunts the memory.