Margaret Atwood

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Moral Disorder

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Fiction
UK Bloomsbury Publishing
Canada McClelland & Stewart Inc
2006
In these ten interrelated stories Atwood traces the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it, while evoking the drama and the humour that colour common experiences — the birth of a baby, divorce and remarriage, old age and death. With settings ranging from Toronto, northern Quebec, and rural Ontario, the stories begin in the present, as a couple no longer young situate themselves in a larger world no longer safe. Then the narrative goes back in time to the forties and moves chronologically forward toward the present.

In “The Art of Cooking and Serving,” the twelve-year-old narrator does her best to accommodate the arrival of a baby sister. After she boldly declares her independence, we follow the narrator into young adulthood and then through a complex relationship. In “The Entities,” the story of two women haunted by the past unfolds. The magnificent last two stories reveal the heartbreaking old age of parents but circle back again to childhood, to complete the cycle.

By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwood’s celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage. This is vintage Atwood, writing at the height of her powers.
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Reviews


Full of wonderful details...there's plenty of wit, compassion and grace Kasia Boddy
The Observer
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What the stories do have in common, though, is a clear eye, a fine wit, and a command of language so complete it's invisible except when it's dazzling...She has never been sharper, dryer, funnier, sadder...There really is nobody like her Ursula K Le Guin
The Guardian
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Within the collection's exceptional unity she explores the variety and flexibility of the short story Mary Flanagan
The Independent
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as full of pin-sharp observation as ever...Particularly good are those stories that convey a sense of the world from a child’s perspective Christina Koning
The Times
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the writing is full of humour, charm and telling detail Ian Critchley
The Sunday Times
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an outstanding writer on peak form Peter Kemp
The Sunday Times
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Atwood's handling of her material, the splendours and miseries of individual female destiny, is notably fluent, conducted in a graceful, muscular, observant prose, whose fine ironical undertow breaks out from time to time into comic set-pieces Jane Shilling
The Telegraph
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Moral Disorder is an infinitely ingenious and perceptive study, as intimate as a self-portrait but with an epic breadth of vision. It deserves to become a quiet classic Charlotte Moore
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