The Robber Bride
The Robber Bride is a very, very, very slow book. It could have easily been told in 50 pages instead of the 528 it took.
The blurbs bubble on about how witty and funny it is; I guess I completely missed what this novel is about. But perhaps I can re-tell the surface story; we follow three women in their fifties, reminiscing about the lives they led. Their contemplative mood stems from them meeting Zenia, their nemesis, who they thought dead.
Zenia is portrayed as evil, not just by the women (who are at least willing, to the point of incredible, rage-inducing naÃ¯vety, to believe she is good), but especially by the author. Zenia does not care how she derails other people’s lives, almost as if she has no conscience.
Tip: read Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale instead.
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood: . Review by Branko Collin.