Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

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Atwood triumphs with these dazzling, personal stories in her first collection since Wilderness Tips .

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006
ISBN: 9781400025046
9780771008702
Branch Call Number: ATW
Characteristics: 225 pages

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Anchattopadhyay
Jul 13, 2015

Atwood's stories always get me thinking and for those looking for more to read by her, try "happy endings"

multcolib_susannel Jul 28, 2014

Margaret Atwood never fails to impress me. This book can be read all together as a novel, or separately as short stories. Always, always Atwood's amazing writing shows through.

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nsbookclub
Jul 22, 2012

Read 2010

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Pisinga
Aug 16, 2011

She is a master of writing about trivial things in a manner that it is impossible to leave the reading without finishing it at once.

madame_librarian Jan 20, 2011

Margaret Atwood has a clever way of moving through the decades in this collection of related stories. The recurring main character, Nell, is a little girl anxious about the impending birth of a sibling in the 30s, a teenager just realizing that she's miles ahead of her boyfriend in intelligence and maturity in the 50s, a slightly rootless young woman in the 90s. As usual, Atwood packs a lot of social commentary in these gems and delivers it with a sharp wit and refreshing insights.
-Madame Librarian

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