Alias Grace

Alias Grace

eBook - 2017
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Una obra coral que se adentra en las complejidades y pulsiones del alma humana y reconstruye con fidelidad y maestría los claroscuros y las paradojas de la sociedad decimonónica. En julio de 1843, Grace Marks, de dieciséis años, es declarada cómplice de participar en los asesinatos de Thomas Kinnear, a cuyo servicio trabajaba como sirvienta, y de Nancy Montgomery, ama de llaves y amante de Kinnear, y condenada finalmente a cadena perpetua. En la conmoción causada por estos hechos terribles, hay división de pareceres: unos consideran a la mujer inocente, mientras que otros sostienen que es una persona malvada o, tal vez, que ha perdido la razón. Por su parte, Grace insiste en que no recuerda nada de lo sucedido. Años más tarde, un grupo de reformistas y espiritistas que pretende obtener el indulto de la muchacha contrata al doctor Simon Jordan, una eminencia en el floreciente campo de la psicopatía. A partir de las nuevas técnicas empleadas en Europa, el joven médico entrevista a la reclusa, quien le relata los pormenores de su historia, desde su infancia en Irlanda y sus años de pobreza y marginalidad en el Canadá Occidental, acercándose poco a poco al momento que asegura no recordar. En su empeño para interpretar la confesión de Grace, el doctor Jordan irá desvelando los luctuosos sucesos de aquel día y dictaminará si Grace Marks es en verdad una femme fatale o, simplemente, una víctima de las circunstancias y los prejuicios sociales dominantes. Una historia subyugante, en la que la imagen de los quilts, telas de retazos, simboliza de forma certera la multiplicidad de caras de Alias Grace y las verdades que esta ejemplifica. Críticas: «Brillante. [...] La prosa de Atwood indaga en nuestro interior. Es tan intimista que parece estar escrita en la piel.» Hilary Mantel, Literary Review «Nunca me he emocionado tanto. [...] Alias Grace es, sin duda, lo más lejos que puede llegar una novela.» Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday «Con la prosa elegante que la caracteriza y la combinación de diversas técnicas narrativas, Margaret Atwood no solo crea una historia extremadamente inquietante de asesinato y obsesión, sino también un retrato fascinante sobre la vida de las mujeres en otra época.» Kirkus Reviews «Una novela deslumbrante cargada de ingenio malicioso. Una escritura lírica que cautiva con su fuerza evocativa de un espacio y un tiempo y con su seductor poder de convicción.» Houston Chronicle «El enigmático relato de Alias Grace encarna el tema característico de Atwood: la miríada de ironías e injusticias que envuelve la vida de las mujeres. Y expone también la carga de hipocresía, sexismo, ignorancia y miedo incrustados en la cultura victoriana.» Booklist
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España, 2017.
ISBN: 9788415631965
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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Piecing together a variety of narratives into an eerie and unsettling tale, Atwood tells a fictionalized account of a notorious double murder and the enigmatic women convicted of the crime.


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KnottFamLibrary
Aug 04, 2020

This is one of my favorite books of all time. Atwood’s poetic writing is full of depth and literary complexity.
It holds history, mystery, trauma coping, beautiful writing, and a book that left an impression on me forever.

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lozza1401
Jun 12, 2020

I read this so I could watch the Netflix series and now I have no inclination to watch the series. I love Atwood's writing style but I felt so many questions were unanswered. This suits the mystery of the enigmatic Grace Marks but if Atwood had embellished further I would have enjoyed it more. Some conversations are so intense and descriptive that made it easy for my brain to wander.

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lopmoney
Apr 03, 2020

Amazing book that follows a girl with the alias grace who was put into prison for murder of her master and their mistress, she finally gets released on a conditional day release and a doctor tries to evaluate her mental state to eventual attempt to get her acquitted. Mystery, drama, and romance galore. Incredible book from an incredible author.

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becker
Jan 20, 2020

I found this to be a very engrossing read. Great book club pick. Lots to talk about.

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mini_moon_pie
Jun 04, 2019

After a while, I felt that the book was captured so well in the TV show that I was convinced I could have skipped the novel. However, the chapters have clips of newspaper articles about the real Grace Marks and selections from a Ms. Moody, who interviewed the real Grace and wrote a book. Then ending, too, gave a better sense of what Grace was feeling than the TV show did, and I was glad for that. It comes full circle when another man asks her to describe the abuse she’s suffered, leaning in when she gets to the pawing would-be rapists. You’re left wondering what will happen to him, if anything, and if he can be trusted.

Overall, enjoy the TV show and the book! I recommend both.

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Inga57
Mar 07, 2019

Book group selection - Kindle Immersion read
True Crime Story riveting the nations of Canada, USA, and England during the middle of the nineteenth century. Barbara Mujica says it best: “[Atwood] brings to life not only the enigmatic and fascinating Grace Marks, but also an entire period in Canada’s history.” Mujica also points out the theme of quilts, which Atwood used throughout the work. Grace Marks was noted for her fine sewing skills, particularly quilting. Atwood uses a different quilting pattern for the title of each of their chapters to reflect Marks’s skills and to set a theme for that section of the story. “The novel is structured like a quilt in which each piece contributes to the total image, yet often the image changes form, depending on the angle from which it is viewed.”

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Inga57
Feb 12, 2019

Book Group Selection
True Crime Story riveting the nations of Canada, USA, and England during the middle of the nineteenth century. Barbara Mujica says it best: “[Atwood] brings to life not only the enigmatic and fascinating Grace Marks, but also an entire period in Canada’s history.” Mujica also points out the theme of quilts, which Atwood used throughout the work. Grace Marks was noted for her fine sewing skills, particularly quilting. Atwood uses a different quilting pattern for the title of each of their chapters to reflect Marks’s skills and to set a theme for that section of the story. “The novel is structured like a quilt in which each piece contributes to the total image, yet often the image changes form, depending on the angle from which it is viewed.”

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jasminestea
Aug 18, 2018

I could not for the life of me get into this book. The pace and content were too slow for me, although the descriptions were interesting. I absolutely loved The Handmaid's Tale, so I was very excited to start another of Atwood's books. However, the thing about Atwood seems to be that she is not contained within one genre -- I loved her futuristic/political/feminist/dystopian novel, but was not interested in the historical aspect of this one. I will say that I really enjoyed the show adaptation, though. If you are into historical whodunit crime stories, this is definitely going to peak your interest.

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SuyunJiang
Jul 29, 2018

An excellent book for feminists~

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 18, 2018

A suspenseful Canadian-who-done-it based on a notorious highly publicized 150 year old murder of a wealthy landowner and his housekeeper/mistress; Atwood's narrative probes the life and inner thoughts of the controversial alleged murderess, Grace Mark. Simon Jordan's, amnesia expert and forensic psychologist, attempts to unlock Grace's repressed memories of the murders becomes a "cat-mouse" chase with the cunning Grace. Atwood deftly weaves irony, wit and social commentary into a brutal crime. I was a skeptic (did she, or didn't she) up to the end.

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A fictional account of the 1843 trial of 16-year-old Canadian housemaid Grace Marks who was found guilty of the murder of her employer and his mistress.

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