Murder in the Dark: Short Fictions and Prose Poems by Margaret Atwood

From the back cover:

These short fictions and prose poems are beautifully bizarre: bread can no longer be thought of as wholesome comforting loaves; the pretensions of the male chef are subjected to a loght roasting; a poisonous brew is concocted by cynical five year olds; and knowing when to stop is of deadly importance in a game of Murder in the Dark…

This was the first book I read during the recent read-a-thon, and it was the perfect start, nice and short and with some fantastic writing.

When I say short, I do mean short, at often only a page or two in length, (I read the entire collection within the first hour) but this does not mead that, there is no “content” Atwood manages to create subtle, thought-provoking and well rounded stories in only a few words.

The stories themselves range from the poignant, through amusing to the satirical and also occasionally dark and scary.

A really enjoyable read.

[rating:80/100]

Buy, Murder in the Dark: Short Fictions and Prose Poems , from Amazon.

Darren

Bart, is a fully signed up member of Book Addicts Anonymous ;) Despite, constantly fighting a losing battle against his T.B.R pile, he is never happier than when he manages to sneak a new book in to the house!

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3 Responses

  1. Joanne says:

    I love Atwood, and have been attempting to read all her books but I hadn’t heard of this one. I’m gonna hunt it down, I love the idea of reading shorter works by her as most I’ve read so far are the longer novels.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  2. katrina says:

    I’ve never heard of this one either, I’ll have to search it out to help me with the Canadian Challenge

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  3. Bart says:

    @Joanne: I’ve not read anything else by her, but I did enjoy this one.

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