The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

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Book - 2014
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"In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel's trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display. Her classic wicked humor in each story--which range from a ghost story to a vampire story to near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture--brilliantly unsettles the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way. Mantel brutally and acutely writes about gender, marriage, class, family, and sex, cutting to the core of human experience. Unpredictable, diverse, and even shockingly unexpected, each story grabs you by the throat within a couple of sentences. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers"-- Provided by publisher.
"From one of Britain's most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary short stories that demonstrate what modern England has becomeIn The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel's trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display.Her classic wicked humor in each story--which range from a ghost story to a vampire story to near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture--brilliantly unsettles the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way. Mantel brutally and acutely writes about gender, marriage, class, family, and sex, cutting to the core of human experience. Unpredictable, diverse, and even shockingly unexpected, each story grabs you by the throat within a couple of sentences. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781627792103
1627792104
Branch Call Number: MF MANTEL
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 25 cm

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

Nice to see Hilary Mantel take off her "Wolf Hall"/"Bring Up the Bodies" hat for a bit.

Some really great evocative stories here. My particular favorite was "How Shall I Know You", the one about an author having to go to a small literary festival type event out in the boonies.

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uncommonreader
May 27, 2015

Ten short stories; accomplished and witty. "Sorry to Disturb" is particularly good.

athompson10 Feb 26, 2015

All the stories are unsettling and dark; two in particular, "Winter Break" and the title story, were outstanding.

JCLEmilyW Oct 27, 2014

This collection of stories is just as crisp, unnerving, and vivid as I had hoped it might be. A pervasive sense of unease and foreboding hangs over each of these stories, although, for the most part, violence is only hinted at, not seen. Mantel's dark humor adds a wry twist to each tale. Don't expect the sweeping epic style of this author's wonderful Wolf Hall trilogy, but instead settle in to enjoy the trim, lean lines of this short form. A perfect read for an overcast and windy October day.

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