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Moral Disorder
By Margaret Atwood

Moral Disorder

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Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood has frequently been cited as one of the foremost writers of our time. Moral Disorder, her new work of fiction, could be seen as a collection of eleven stories that is almost a novel or a novel broken up into eleven stories. It resembles a photograph album - a series of clearly observed moments that trace the course of a life, and the lives intertwined with it - those of parents, siblings, children, friends, enemies, teachers and even animals. And as in a photograph album, times change; every decade is here, from the 1930s through the 50s, 60s and 70s to the present day. The settings are equally varied: large cities, suburbs, farms, northern forests. The first story, 'The Bad News,' is set in the present, as a couple no longer young situate themselves in a larger world no longer safe. Then the narrative switches time, as the central character moves through childhood and adolescence, in 'The Art of Cooking and Serving', 'The Headless Horseman' and 'My Last Duchess'. We follow her into young adulthood in 'The Other Place', and then through a complex relationship, traced in four of the stories - 'Monopoly', 'Moral Disorder', 'White Horse' and 'The Entities'. The last two stories, 'The Labrador Fiasco' and 'The Boys at the Lab', deal with the heartbreaking old age of parents, but circle back to childhood again, to complete the cycle. By turns funny, moving, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and inimitable style to their best advantage. As the New York Times has said, 'Atwood has complete access to her people's emotional histories, complete understanding of their hearts and imaginations.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747581628
ISBN-10: 0747581622
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood - Reviewed by (11 Jan 2010)

TITLE: Moral Disorder AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood PUBLISHER:Bloomsbury (Oct. 2006) ISBN: 9780747581628 505pages

Reviewed by Ann Skea (ann@skea.com).

Moral Disorder is a strange title for a book of short stories which read like chapters in an autobiography. The photograph on the cover, to, is disconcerting. It shows two views of a young woman standing rather stiffly in front of the camera. She is dressed in out-dated clothes and in one picture she wears white stockings and shoes; in the other, black. Aspects of a personality perhaps? Chapter two of the book, 'The Art of Cooking and Serving', suggests as much: "one can transform an untidy, inexperienced girl into a well-groomed, professional servant if one is patient and kind and fair" says the old-fashioned household-management guide which is the favourite book of the young girl in this story. The girl, who is just entering puberty, describes her rather isolated life helping her sick mother...

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Author Biography - Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize. Her most recent novel, Oryx and Crake, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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