The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

Title of book: The Robber Bride

Name of author: Margaret Atwood

Paperback: 480 pages

Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (6 Oct 1994)

ISBN-10: 1853818410

ISBN-13: 978-1853818417

The Blurb:

Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man’s dream and a woman”s nightmare. She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz andd Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; ‘with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation’, Zenia is back…

This was the second book of Margaret Atwood’s I have read, my first being, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘The Robber Bride’ is just as good, if not better, put it this way, why did I did not discover Margaret Atwood sooner!, two books and I am hooked on this marvellous author.

‘The Robber Bride’ tells the story of four women, Tony, Roz, Charis and Zenia. Zenia has touched all of the three of the women lives but not in a nice way but in a manipulative and cruel way, Zenia knows what she wants and will do what she needs to get it. Tony, Roz and Charis have had husbands/partners taken from by Zenia, but I think taken might not be a strong enough word because the men willingly go to Zenia.

In ‘The Robber Bride’, I think Margaret Atwood highlights the battle of the sexes with women in the forefront, specifically Zenia but as you read the book you find out about Tony, Roz and Charis who all in their own ways, just as strong as Zenia but I think they do not realise how strong they are, there is a sense of fear amongst them when it comes to Zenia.

I enjoyed ‘The Robber Bride’ immensely, I found myself wishing a little bit I could be like Zenia but in all honesty I do not have the personality or capacity to be as cold and calculated as Zenia, but you understand why she is like the way she is but at the same time I found it difficult to condone her actions, but who I am to judge?

All of the women characters were wonderful to read, the male characters not so much, which worked well in this book since primarily I felt, ‘The Robber Bride’ is about the power of women.

Rating: 10/10

Reviewed by Heen (Gyre)

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