Murder in the Dark: Short Fictions and Prose Poems

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  • Title: Murder in the Dark: Short Fictions and Prose Poems
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN: 9781853816802
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
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    • F says:

      Some stories better than others. Just not for me.

    • Glenn Sumi says:

      Most people know Margaret Atwood as a novelist (The Blind Assassin,The MaddAddam Trilogy,Cat’s Eye, most recently The Heart Goes Last).But she’s also an excellent short story writer, poet and essayist. This slim volume from 1983 feels like a hybrid of those last three genres; the writing’s looser than in her poetry collections, but the pieces aren’t long enough to be considered stories. Vignettes? Perhaps. “Prose poems” is an apt description, but many of them are as chock full of ide [...]

    • Steffi says:

      Das einzige, was mich an diesem Buch stört, ist der Untertitel „Horror-Trips und Happ-Ends“, weil – zusammen mit dem Titel – falsche Erwartungen geweckt werden (vermutlich eine Sünde des deutschen Verlags). Die kurzen bis sehr kurzen Geschichten (oft eine Seite, häufiger zwei bis drei) kreisen anfangs um Kindheitsimpressionen, später um Geschichten selbst, am Ende um Männer und Frauen. Die kurze Form ermöglicht es Atwood, ganz wunderbar ausgefeilte, poetische, tiefsinnige Sätze zu [...]

    • Matt says:

      The whole collection is brilliant, but the stories in part 3 are especially poignant and provoking -- "Simmering," "Happy Ending,"Women's Novels," and "Bread."

    • Natascha says:

      Margaret Atwood ist eine begnadete Schriftstellerin. Das steht für mich außer Frage und auch wenn mich nicht alle ihre, hier versammelten, Texte überzeugen konnten bleiben mir doch besonders die in Erinnerung, die mich berührt, gefesselt und bewegt haben. Die Sammlung fühlt sich sehr persönlich an und es ist äußerst faszinierend den Gedanken der Autorin zu verschiedenen Themen zu folgen und die Welt durch ihre Augen zu entdecken. Dabei schafft sie mit ihren Beschreibungen kraftvolle Bild [...]

    • Laura says:

      I like to imagine what it would be like to wander around inside Margaret Atwood's brain. I imagine it is a rich world filled with memories, references to many facets of life, including popular culture, with filtered light and pockets of darkness.I really enjoyed this collection of short stories and poems. Some stories didn't click with me but the stories that did draw me in, I felt an intense connection to.The stories and prose were dark with humorous undertones. I like how she finds a balance b [...]

    • Gail Winfree says:

      I’m a big fan of Margaret Atwood, though I haven’t read anything by her since “Surfacing” many years ago. A few days ago, I was scanning my bookshelves looking for something else when I came across “Murder in the Dark” (that’s the nice thing about having a library of thousands of books; you never know what you might find). This is a thin book, 110 pages, of short fiction and prose poems—27 vignettes that deal with that many subjects, but mostly relationships between things, prima [...]

    • Lou says:

      La edición que yo he leído y que no aparece en es, según indican en el prólogo, una selección de relatos de los libros Asesinato en la oscuridad y Buenos huesos. La contraportada de mi edición dice así:“Atwood nos propone este libro como un juego: uno de los jugadores es el asesino; otro, el detective, otro, la victima. Se apagan las luces, se comete el crimen, el detective cuenta hasta diez, entra en la habitación y vuelve a encender las luces. Puede interrogar a todos, salvo a la v [...]

    • Anca says:

      "You aren't really a god but despite that you are silent. When You're being worshiped there isn't much to say."I've heard a lot about Margaret Atwood. Some people are obsessed with her writing, but some don't really get it. I'm preparing myself to plunge into some of her longer works (especially wanting to read Oryx and Crake). However, while spending a couple of days in a hostel in London, I've decided to read something a little bit shorter.Out of pure curiosity (hearing so much about Margaret [...]

    • Bruce says:

      The story, "Happy Endings," is an exercise in metafiction. Atwood invites the reader to participate in the making of the story, or at least highlights the reader’s constant role in creating a work of literature. She presents a variety of alternative endings to a brief introductory paragraph involving John and Mary, requiring the reader to select from among the various options, imitating different genres and styles of writing.One option, Option A, is a conventional, fairytale-like, saccharine e [...]

    • Saloni says:

      Delicious! Clever and funny and ironic and sardonic and wry. And those aren't just synonyms.

    • Tyler Jones says:

They say of the boxer Roy Jones Jr. that he was so fast that in one second he could land ten punches. If they could measure writing the same way, then Margaret Atwood would be crowned the all-time rabbit-punch record holder. She throws lightning fast combinations. What is this? (Bam!) Poetry? (Bam! Bam!) Micro-fiction? (Bam! Bam!) Micro-memoir? (Bam! Bam! Bam!). Which is not to say she can’t throw the knock-out punch; People like to make poison. If you don’t understand this you will never [...]

    • Karen Powell says:

      For just a taste of Atwood's insight on women and their relationships with men, these short stories deliver a punch in concentrated prose. One memorable favorite of mine is "Boyfriends," where the only detail about each boy the narrator dated in her youth that can be recalled is what outfit she wore on their date. Another favorite is "Simmering," which tells of the gradual gender role reversal over a long period time until men become bound to the kitchen, and women are forced to work lest they t [...]

    • Cecily says:

      The prose poems are eloquent and thought provoking and, as with "real" poetry, one has to be careful not to read them too quickly: "I forgot what things were called and saw instead what they are".A couple of the childhood ones are charming (especially collecting all sort of dangerous things to make one big bucket of "poison", without any idea of what to use it for).As the book progresses, the topics tend to get darker and more of them focus on the balance of power between men and women. She's we [...]

    • Shriya says:

      Margaret Atwood is an author whose works are full of shifting perspectives-perspectives that sometimes make you ask yourself, 'What am I reading? Does it mean anything?' Throughout your read, you wonder if you're really going to understand the sense behind her dreamlike sentences, her endless metaphors and tons of similes. And yet, you find she delights you while she's annoying you, enlightens you while she's driving you crazy. She's flowery with her language and yet she's unpretentious. Her rev [...]

    • Faith Justice says:

      I love Margaret Atwood and these brief flash fictions and prose poems don't disappoint. From "Mute": "They think you can't talk, they're sorry for you, but. But you're waiting for the word, the one that will finally be right. A compound, the generation of life, mud and light."

    • Jane Glossil says:

      So good! I don't know how to describe her writing, but I do know I wish I could write like Margaret Atwood.Favorites:* Murder in the Dark* Simmering* Women's Novels* Happy Endings* Bread* The Page* Mute* Iconography* Strawberries* Hopeless* Hand

    • Mariano Hortal says:

      Publicado en lecturaylocura/asesinato-eUna de las muchas asignaturas pendientes en literatura la voy a cubrir con mi reto a tres años y tiene que ver con la profundización en la carrera literaria de la canadiense Margaret Atwood; nacida en Ottawa en 1939, esta prolífica escritora y crítica, pasa por ser la más importante de Canadá junto con la más que conocida Alice Munro, que también entrará en el reto lector. En España se hizo más famosa por ganar el Príncipe de Asturias de las let [...]

    • Maike says:

      Hm. Entweder war das jetzt einfach nicht, was ich vom Titel her erwartet habe, oder ich bin nicht der Typ für Kurzgeschichten, oder ich komme einfach nicht mit Atwood klar.

    • Ivana says:

      A collection of prose poems and short stories that differ from one another in everything but that elusive quality of brutal sincerity that defines the style of M. Atwood for me. Every one of these stories has its own world, beauty, logic and paradox. Seriously, it is impressive how much power such short creations have. Not the author that avoids difficult themes even in short form, Atwood kept things interesting to say at least. Themes range from a child preparing poison to women/man relationshi [...]

    • dinoserious says:

      Not my favourite of Atwood's short stories collections as it felt a bit experimental in the free form style most of the pieces had. Although I wasn't a fan of the stories that had an experimental tone, there were a variety of style several with what I would classify as more "typical Atwood" (insightful and clever), which I will always be a fan of!

    • Harperac says:

      About 25% of this 80 page book is worth reading; the other 75 is pretty bad. I'll start with what worked.She has a piece, the longest in the book, about a trip to Mexico. It's not perfect by any means, but it really does live up to the premise of the book: thoughtful, full of striking imagery, surprising in the best way. The fact that it circles around different sides of one experience helps, I think.The fourth section was also pretty strong. "Hopeless" was the single best piece I read there.The [...]

    • Lisa S says:

      I forgot how amazing Atwood was! definitely need to read more by her

    • Oanh says:

      Some wonderful imagery and amusing musings on writings and stories.I rather liked: A plot is just what and what and what and what. But what about how and why?(I paraphrase.)

    • Sylvia says:

      La infancia. La adolescencia. El juego. El amor. Los hilos que mueven la vida. Un pequeño libro con un gran universo. El paseo de la memoria y la ficción.

    • Paul says:

      This is a collection of Attwood’s shorter fictions and some of it is very short pieces indeed; prose poems, or as one critic put in; flash fiction. There is quite a variety of fictions; childhood reminiscences, gender, men, some speculative fictions and food and cookery! These are more clearly feminist than some of Attwood’s other work. There are several recurring motifs, one being; “Is this the man through whom all men can be forgiven?” The title piece “Murder in the Dark” is based [...]

    • Rick Patterson says:

      I have to admit a bias about Margaret Atwood. I think she's an astonishingly important writer, so much so that it's difficult to imagine Canadian culture without her. Her contributions to poetry, criticism, and novels across an incredible range of genres are so profound--in every sense of the word--that it's hard to overstate how vital she is to who we are and even how we think. When Alice Munro received her Nobel Prize for Literature a couple of years ago, I thought, "Good. About time too. Now, [...]

    • Margarita says:

      Typically Atwood.“Murder in the Dark”Favorites among all the stories:“Simmering”Definition of simmer1 :to stew gently below or just at the boiling point2 a :to be in a state of incipient development b :to be in inward turmoil “The wives said that there were only twenty-four hours in a day; and the men, who in that century were still priding themselves on their rationality, had to agree that this was so.”Rationality in men will always remind me of you and your advice – some enterpri [...]

    • Ana says:

      Minúsculo libro con minúsculos relatos. Lo compré por 1€ en una tienda de segunda mano esperando poco más que pasar el rato, pero Margaret Atwood es mucha Margaret Atwood. Así, nos encontramos con humor negro, frases ingeniosas, algún toque de reivindicación feminista y prosa poética un poco demasiado críptica para mi gusto. En general, mucha más miga de la que esperaba y una gran cantidad de frases citables que hubiera subrayado si escribir en los libros no me pareciese un sacrilegi [...]

    • Shelly says:

      2.5 stars. I enjoy how some of her sentences are sinister in an understated sort of way. But I want more. Atwood has like 2 more chances for me to like her (books already determined). If those don't deliver, then I'll just have to face it: I love The Handmaid's Tale, not her.

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