The praise from alice munro on the cover is apt because atwood shares some of munros mastery at condensing an entire life into a short story. And in the title story, a woman who has killed four husbands discovers an opportunity to exact vengeance on the first man who ever wronged her. Lusus naturae is a short story from a new collection by margaret atwood, titled stone mattress. Though lets be sure not to confuse the writer with her characters. She soon casts her appraising eye over her fellow travelers beginning to evaluate the men in search of her next. At the outset, verna had not intended to kill anyone. Stone mattress, from her collection of the same name is witty, grotesque, and utterly. Oct 24, 2014 margaret atwoods new story collection, stone mattress, is her first since 2006s moral disorder and collects nine new short stories. That much is clear from the outset of stone mattress, her first collection for.
But in her new collection of stories, margaret atwood emphasises one particular atwood quality, which, for lack of a better word, ill call wicked. Thoughts on lusus naturae by margaret atwood katharine lunn. The theme of margaret atwoods stone mattress 2300 words. Stone mattress is a short fiction collection by the canadian author margaret atwood, published in 2014. Horror is an important theme in the short story collection stone mattress. It is also margaret atwoods nickname for fascinating geological formations called stromatolites. Sep 21, 2014 stone mattress, margaret atwoods first collection since moral disorder in 2006, begins with three linked stories about women who have been romantically involved with a middling poet. In this story, verna, an older woman who doesnt state her age, has taken a vacation, a trip to the arctic on board a ship. To show your support and keep this channel going and improving. Dark lady is loosely connected to both alphinland and revenant short stories and based on marjoree, the last link in a love triangle. Atwood seems to be taking stock, settling scores, burying the hatchet and even rather chillingly speculating that a day of reckoning may. Stromatolites from the greek stroma mattress layer and lithos stone are most easily.
While atwood has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she is probably known best for her dystopian novel, the handmaids tale. Stone mattress is full of sharp and jabbing truths. Horror that which is disturbing, frightening, unnerving, eerie, or cruel is central to many of the stories in the collection. This 34page guide for stone mattress by margaret atwood includes detailed story summaries and analysis covering 9 stories, as well as several more indepth sections of expertwritten literary analysis. Feeling out of practice and bored, she wonders if she still has her killer skills. The nine short tales in stone mattress dont disappoint. Aug 28, 2014 the nine short tales in stone mattress dont disappoint.
Sep 28, 2014 the worlds earliest fossilised stromatolites lend this collection its title, since the word derives from the greek stroma, a mattress, coupled with the root word for stone. Sep 11, 2014 in her new book of short stories, stone mattress, ms. Dec 27, 2011 the superficiality and frequency of the aphorisms in stone mattress can lull the reader into thinking that the story is simple, light, almost a genre story. Atwood describes the pieces in the collection as tales rather than short stories, as they draw from the mythical and fantastical aspects associated with fables and fairy tales, rather than from conventional literary realism the nine tales in the collection are. In these nine tales, margaret atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game. I see to be able to enjoy all her books and this one was no exception even though i find short stories in general to be less than satisfying because theyre over too quickly leaving so much unfinished. Atwood describes the pieces in the collection as tales. The strangest story in the collection is called lusus naturae, which is latin for freak of nature.
The author of such towering novels as the handmaids tale, the blind assassin, and oryx and crake, margaret atwood proves her imaginative prowess dazzles just as vividly in her short fiction. In her shorter works, atwood has often retold the stories a culture tells itself. Some short story writers seem to feel the need to show as many different sides of themselves as possible in one book. The stories nearly all occur in the contemporary world, and all have many themes in common with one another, including aging, death, horror, the past, and the duality of fantasy and reality. Stone mattress, by margaret atwood the new york times. Stone mattress, from her collection of the same name is witty, grotesque. A deliciously wicked collection of nine short stories. Nine wicked tales is a collection of nine short stories by margaret atwood. This audiobook edition includes a reading group guide. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
Margaret atwood does not so much write short stories as tell tales. Oct 20, 2017 gc mckay narrates margaret atwoods stone mattress, from the collection of the same name. Lusus naturae november 27, 2016 by nirmala in books, short story collections leave a comment lusus naturae is narrated by a girl who turns grotesque at the age of seven. Nine wicked tales is a 2014 collection of nine short stories from canadian author margaret atwood.
Margaret atwoods deft twists of language star in this collection of short fiction. The stories deal with the passing of time, the erosion of the human spirit and. Stone mattress, from her collection of the same name is witty, grotesque, and utterly hilariousan exemplar of atwoods tremendous capacity. By turns thrilling, funny, and thoughtprovoking, stone mattress affirms atwood as our greatest creator of worldsand as an incisive chronicler of our darkest impulses.
Mar 02, 2017 the title story, stone mattress, however, is the one which stood out for me as being the most connected to the legacy of protest against the treatment of womens rights of atwoods earlier work. The tales are written with the necessary precision of a short story, highlighting the most crucial details and omitting those upon which we can speculate, teasing the readers imagination and inflating the story into something special and personal. Some shortstory writers seem to feel the need to show as many different sides of themselves as possible in one book. Atwood describes the pieces in the collection as tales rather than short stories, as they draw from the mythical and fantastical aspects associated with fables and fairy tales, rather than from conventional literary realism. A stone mattress in the titular tale of this short story collection serves as a painful reminder of past events. That anger and hatred only increase over time, if you do not forgive yourself and others. Dec 06, 2011 the author of this weeks story, stone mattress, chats with the magazines fiction editor. At the outset verna had not intended to kill anyone. The first three stories are interconnected, which lures the reader into thinking that all of them will have some link or other. Gc mckay narrates margaret atwoods stone mattress, from the collection of the same name.
There are multiple reocurring themes throughout this collection. And in stone mattress, a longago crime is avenged in the arctic via a 1. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading stone mattress. Apr 26, 2016 margaret atwoods stone mattress is one of the best short story collections ive read. Some fans will remember well the titular story in atwoods forthcoming collection, which was published in the new yorker in december of 2011, and which begins, in atwoods typicalwonderful droll fashion. I especially liked the story stone mattress for which the book is named. I used one of the quotes as headline because i am bewitched with it. In this collection of nine stories, margaret atwood peels away layers of the human experience, says anita sethi. Best of all, they are entirely free to find, use and download, so there is no cost or stress at all. In the beginning of margaret atwoods short story, stone mattress, verna sets out on an arctic cruise after the death of her fourth husband. Stone mattress, from her collection of the same name is witty, grotesque, and utterly hilariousan exemplar of atwoods tremendous capacity a vintage shorts short story month selection the author of such towering novels as the handmaids tale, the blind assassin, and oryx and crake, margaret atwood proves her imaginative prowess dazzles.279 1528 162 1299 1498 350 363 1259 723 399 1457 1044 555 868 1305 657 639 810 437 1015 1042 655 1103 366 1216 575 1034 814 542 247 690 541 107 1063 650 964 955 213 557 1329 685