The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

  • Started on: 2011-01-18
  • Finished on: 2011-01-20
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): General Fiction


My first books by Atwood were The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. All books with a dystopian science fiction genre. I knew her other books were ‘normal’ but I decided to try them anyway, and I like them. This one is about three women, friends, who have all been affected by Zenia, the robber bride of the title. She is horrible, that much is clear from the start, and slowly the way she had influence over the three women’s lives is revealed, through stories about their youth and their involvement with Zenia. The stories were all interesting, and it was interesting to see how Zenia manipulated them to get what she wanted. The theme of war seemed to be very prevalent, but that could be my viewpoint because the character of Tony is most like me (in her ways, not her history, luckily!). Very gripping, I couldn’t put it down though I hated seeing what happened next, knowing it probably wasn’t good. Four out of four stars.