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Alias Grace

por Margaret Atwood

Otros autores: Inger Gjelsvik (Traductor)

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En este impresionante tour de force narrativo, Margaret Atwood nos invita a compartir la vida íntima de una de las figuras femeninas más populares del siglo XIX en Canadá. Una obra coral que se adentra en las complejidades y pulsiones del alma humana y reconstruye con fidelidad y maestría los claroscuros y las paradojas de la sociedad decimonónica. Una historia subyugante, en la que la imagen de los quilts, telas de retazos, simboliza de forma certera la multiplicidad de caras de Alias Grace y las verdades que ésta ejemplifica. En julio de 1843, Grace Marks, de dieciséis años, es declarada cómplice de participar en los asesinatos de Thomas Kinnear, a cuyo servicio trabajaba como sirvienta, y de Nancy Montgomery, ama de llaves y amante de Kinnear, y condenada finalmente a cadena perpetua. En la conmoción causada por estos hechos terribles, hay división de pareceres: unos consideran a la mujer inocente, mientras que otros sostienen que es una persona malvada o, tal vez, que ha perdido la razón; por su parte, Grace insiste en que no recuerda nada de lo sucedido. Años más tarde, un grupo de reformistas y espiritistas que pretende obtener el indulto de la muchacha contrata al doctor Simon Jordan, una eminencia en el floreciente campo de la psicopatía. A partir de las nuevas técnicas empleadas en Europa, el joven médico entrevista a la reclusa, quien le relata los pormenores de su historia, desde su infancia en Irlanda y sus años de pobreza y marginalidad en el Canadá Occidental, acercándose poco a poco al momento que asegura no recordar. En su empeño para interpretar la confesión de Grace, el doctor Jordan irá desvelando los luctuosos sucesos de aquel día y dictaminará si Grace Marks es en verdad una femme fatale o, simplemente, una víctima de las circunstancias y los prejuicios sociales dominantes.… (más)
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I had picked this one up from a used-books shop about a year ago, without knowing anything about the author or the story. For so long, I had just avoided reading this, preferring lighter books to this, which looked like a mistake...
Finally, I made up my mind to give it a try, and, I was in for a pleasant surprise! Margaret Atwood has produced a cracker of a novel, based on real-life incidents. The writing is excellent, with subtle humour, and never lacks in pace. The recreation of the nineteenth century Canada feels authentic. Leaving the reader to conclude about 'what really happened' is bit of a let-down.
This novel contains enough charm to make me try more of Atwood's works. ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
Finished the book version of Alias Grace. Fantastic book, and historical mystery-crime novel that reads like Dracula. Based on a true crime. Filled with luminous and sensual narrative that is both explicit and beautiful. ( )
  Kat_books | Nov 9, 2021 |
Originally published in 1997, this Margaret Atwood novel recounts a real murder and psychological investigation that took place near Toronto beginning in 1843. People still puzzle over the guilt or innocence of Grace Marks. Now you can not only read the book but watch a six-part adaptation now streaming on Netflix.

Is Grace Marks a Murderer or Not?

Margaret Atwood tackles one of Canada’s most mystifying murders that to this day has people wondering: did she do it? The reason to read the novel is not to discover the answer, for it remains unanswerable; it’s to immerse yourself in the atmosphere conjured up by Atwood’s superb writing.

In 1843, near Toronto, James McDermott and fifteen-year-old maid Grace Marks were accused of murdering their employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper/lover Nancy Montgomery. There seemed to be no question about McDermott’s guilt; he paid for his crime with his life, on the gallows. However, because of her age, her demeanor, and her wits, many were not convinced that Grace Marks voluntarily participated in the murders, the belief being McDermott coerced her into taking part and that she was insane, at least at the time. For these reasons, the uncertainty and the apparent insanity, her death sentence was changed to life in prison. Part of that sentence, she served in an asylum until officials deemed her well enough to enter the general prison population. It’s there where we meet her awaiting Dr. Simon Jordan, a budding psychologist in the days when psychology was a new and developing science. We learn her story, pretty much every aspect of her life in her own words, as she relates it to Jordan. Additionally, we learn about the current thinking of the times on psychology through Jordan.

Of course, though, we learn much more, among them these things: the toughness of life in the mid-1800s, the subservient status of women that puts poor women fully at the mercy of men, the hardships of prison life, the difficulties of servant life down to chores and meals, the constrictions of the sexual mores of those days on both men (who indisputably had more leeway) and women and the pent-up frustration produced by those restrictive standards. It’s here that the novel shines and earns its merit.

Atwood bases her retelling on archived facts of the case and material published at the time of the crime and since. She fills in the missing parts, which are vast, by extrapolating her fiction from the facts of the case and knowledge of life in Canada at mid eighteenth century. You’ll definitely draw conclusions about her guilt or innocence as you progress through the novel, only have them cast into doubt at the end. For, if anything, Grace Marks continues to prove herself to be an elusive woman. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Originally published in 1997, this Margaret Atwood novel recounts a real murder and psychological investigation that took place near Toronto beginning in 1843. People still puzzle over the guilt or innocence of Grace Marks. Now you can not only read the book but watch a six-part adaptation now streaming on Netflix.

Is Grace Marks a Murderer or Not?

Margaret Atwood tackles one of Canada’s most mystifying murders that to this day has people wondering: did she do it? The reason to read the novel is not to discover the answer, for it remains unanswerable; it’s to immerse yourself in the atmosphere conjured up by Atwood’s superb writing.

In 1843, near Toronto, James McDermott and fifteen-year-old maid Grace Marks were accused of murdering their employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper/lover Nancy Montgomery. There seemed to be no question about McDermott’s guilt; he paid for his crime with his life, on the gallows. However, because of her age, her demeanor, and her wits, many were not convinced that Grace Marks voluntarily participated in the murders, the belief being McDermott coerced her into taking part and that she was insane, at least at the time. For these reasons, the uncertainty and the apparent insanity, her death sentence was changed to life in prison. Part of that sentence, she served in an asylum until officials deemed her well enough to enter the general prison population. It’s there where we meet her awaiting Dr. Simon Jordan, a budding psychologist in the days when psychology was a new and developing science. We learn her story, pretty much every aspect of her life in her own words, as she relates it to Jordan. Additionally, we learn about the current thinking of the times on psychology through Jordan.

Of course, though, we learn much more, among them these things: the toughness of life in the mid-1800s, the subservient status of women that puts poor women fully at the mercy of men, the hardships of prison life, the difficulties of servant life down to chores and meals, the constrictions of the sexual mores of those days on both men (who indisputably had more leeway) and women and the pent-up frustration produced by those restrictive standards. It’s here that the novel shines and earns its merit.

Atwood bases her retelling on archived facts of the case and material published at the time of the crime and since. She fills in the missing parts, which are vast, by extrapolating her fiction from the facts of the case and knowledge of life in Canada at mid eighteenth century. You’ll definitely draw conclusions about her guilt or innocence as you progress through the novel, only have them cast into doubt at the end. For, if anything, Grace Marks continues to prove herself to be an elusive woman. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
DNF on the audiobook. I love the print book, but the narrator's style on the audio didn't work for me. Sarah Gadon has a lovely voice; however, she reads the entire book in the same style even though it is written from multiple perspectives. It's a totally subjective thing, but I prefer either multiple narrators or a reader who does voices for books. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Oct 3, 2021 |
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Margaret Atwood has always written her characters from the inside out. She knows them: in their hearts, their bones. For many years now she has been a stylist of sensuous power. In Alias Grace she has surpassed herself, writing with a glittering, singing intensity.
añadido por jburlinson | editarNew York Review of Books, Hilary Mantel (Sitio de pago) (Dec 19, 1996)
 

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Atwood, Margaretautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Gjelsvik, IngerTraductorautor secundariotodas las edicionesconfirmado
Drews, KristiinaTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Pulice, Mario J.Diseñador de cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Whatever may have happened through these years, God knows I speak truth, saying that you lie.
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I cannot tell you what the light is, but I can tell you what it is not...What is the motive of the light? What is the light?
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It's 1851. I'll be twenty-four years old next birthday. I've been shut up in here since the age of sixteen. I am a model prisoner, and give no trouble.
Gone mad is what they say, and sometimes Run mad, as if mad is a direction, like west; as if mad is a different house you could step into, or a separate country entirely. But when you go mad you don't go any other place, you stay where you are. And somebody else comes in.
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En este impresionante tour de force narrativo, Margaret Atwood nos invita a compartir la vida íntima de una de las figuras femeninas más populares del siglo XIX en Canadá. Una obra coral que se adentra en las complejidades y pulsiones del alma humana y reconstruye con fidelidad y maestría los claroscuros y las paradojas de la sociedad decimonónica. Una historia subyugante, en la que la imagen de los quilts, telas de retazos, simboliza de forma certera la multiplicidad de caras de Alias Grace y las verdades que ésta ejemplifica. En julio de 1843, Grace Marks, de dieciséis años, es declarada cómplice de participar en los asesinatos de Thomas Kinnear, a cuyo servicio trabajaba como sirvienta, y de Nancy Montgomery, ama de llaves y amante de Kinnear, y condenada finalmente a cadena perpetua. En la conmoción causada por estos hechos terribles, hay división de pareceres: unos consideran a la mujer inocente, mientras que otros sostienen que es una persona malvada o, tal vez, que ha perdido la razón; por su parte, Grace insiste en que no recuerda nada de lo sucedido. Años más tarde, un grupo de reformistas y espiritistas que pretende obtener el indulto de la muchacha contrata al doctor Simon Jordan, una eminencia en el floreciente campo de la psicopatía. A partir de las nuevas técnicas empleadas en Europa, el joven médico entrevista a la reclusa, quien le relata los pormenores de su historia, desde su infancia en Irlanda y sus años de pobreza y marginalidad en el Canadá Occidental, acercándose poco a poco al momento que asegura no recordar. En su empeño para interpretar la confesión de Grace, el doctor Jordan irá desvelando los luctuosos sucesos de aquel día y dictaminará si Grace Marks es en verdad una femme fatale o, simplemente, una víctima de las circunstancias y los prejuicios sociales dominantes.

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