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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

summary · eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel ´ 3 characters free read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Hobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road on a Greek island these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit Displaying all of Mantel's unmistakable style and wit they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powe. This started out as a 4 or perhaps even 5 star book but dwindled down to three stars in the endI love Hilary Mantel s writing I found her rather confusing in Wolf Hall even though the power of narrative could not be denied by the time I read Bring Up the Bodies I had got attuned to her peculiar way of writing and was enjoying the style Mantel uses the English language in surprising ways and her sentences sometimes move in mysterious ways though always grammatically correct Similes and idioms jump out of the pages when least expected and surprise and sometimes startle you This collection is also no exceptionThese stories are for the most part dark and dismal and attempt to portray the seething underbelly of modern society It lifts up the polished stone of our civilised world and reveals the worms and bugs crawling beneath It may put one off if one prefers pleasanter literary fare however being the twisted freak that I am thematically these were right up my street What let me down was mainly the sameness It could all be the same story humanity is a mess Yes we know it now let s move onThe title story was easily the weakest for me I am no fan of Margaret Thatcher and I feel I d not have been too disappointed if the event had really happened at the time as a leftist I was pro IRA and anti England in the early eighties during my college days I guess I was expecting the story to debate heavy political and philosophical issues but it skirted all of them and ended up as a damp suib of alternative historyThere are two stories which are autobiographical I felt Sorry to Disturb and How Shall I Know You Both were powerful in showing the author s paranoia and sickness possible hypochondriasis I felt along with her as I am also afflicted by the same demons In the first story Mantel gives a factually if not politically correct portrait of Saudi society as far as the expat is concerned the subtle racism and misogyny I know I worked there for a year In the second story her anxiety at being trapped in a dismal hotel in an unfamiliar city reminded me of the time when I had to stay a night in lonely lodge in Dehra Dun in North India with only a housekeeper cum cook cum general dogsbody for company with dogs howling through the night in the vast grounds However I think this story is laced with a bit of class contempt which jarsOf the remaining stories I enjoyed Comma and Winter Break and though not enjoyable reading The Heart Fails Without Warning was also powerful The newly added story The School of English is a worthy attempt to touch on the plight of foreign domestic workers in affluent countries though I felt that it was not very effective

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summary · eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel ´ 3 characters free read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher HILARY MANTEL is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers In these ten bracingly transgressive tales all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged ushering concealed horrors into the light Childhood cruelty is pla. In those days the doorbell didn t ring often and if it did I would draw back into the body of the house Only at a persistent ring would I creep over the carpets and make my way to the front door with its spy hole We were big on bolts and shutters deadlocks and mortises safety chains and windows that were high and barred Through the spy hole I saw a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit thirties Asian He had dropped back from the door and was looking about him at the closed and locked door opposite and up the dusty marble stairs He patted his pockets took out a balled up handkerchief and rubbed it across his face He looked so fraught that his sweat could have been tears I opened the doorA dark combination of delicious gloomy short stories by Hilary Mantel All stories feature women in the main role and these are not happy stories Every story immediately plunges into a rather disturbing gloomy sad or weird uncertain situation unclear how it is going to end Easy to read most stories fascinating Really enjoyed this one The stories were already published separately over the years first one from 1993 most stories in The Guardian and The London Review of Books For those who like a disturbing bewildering read of short stories recommended First story Sorry to Disturb features a woman in an apartment in Saudi Arabia her husband stationed there for work She takes medicine clearly is not really well and somewhat depressed and one day there s a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit Thirties Asian ringing the doorbell And it is the start of a stalking story I read Mantel lived in Saudi Arabia also so undoubtedly her experiences sound through in this story Loved this collection of stories

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summary · eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel ´ 3 characters free read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Yed out behind the bushes in 'Comma'; nurses clash in 'Harley Street' over something than professional differences; and in the title story staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting gameWhether set in a claustrop. The title alone should be enough to give a reader pause not to mention the cover of a headless woman holding a dead rose an indication that we haven t hopped on the Love Train Hilary Mantel s collection of ten taut and acerbic tales wouldn t be out of place on a dark and stormy night or at a slumber party where someone holds a flashlight under their chin illuminating the bones and hollows of their skeleton like a specter of deathThese aren t scary stories but they are haunting the stuff adult nightmares are made of They are about depression and loneliness occasionally tinged with eerie humor that adds a shimmer of the surreal like a dream you know is a dream but you can t uite wake from until it finishes somewhat horribly The first Sorry to Disturb looks through the keyhole of a door into a domestic trap A British woman living on a foreign workers compound in Saudi Arabia while her husband suffers through his work assignment is befriended by a Pakistani man She dreads his visits but can t stop herself from opening the door when he stops by Everything about her life from the heat to the strictures of a repressive culture from the wife s loneliness to her husband s silence is claustrophobic and depressing And the story is so stunningly good I tremble Don t we all have at least one dark memory from childhood of doing something wicked out of spite or curiosity or that simple meanness that comes from thinking the world revolves around us Isn t there at least one childhood companion we palled around with despite our caution and distaste Hilary Mantel knows the truth about our small mean pasts and she wrote Comma to bear witness There are the precise moments when marriages fall apart those moments Mantel illustrates in The Long T and Offenses Against the Person There are moments we wish we could take back things we wish we could unsee sounds we pray to unhear as the wife in Winter Break must after her journey in a taxi down a twisting road on a nameless Greek island with her husband The thump the thud the glimpse of the unspeakable in the moment before the trunk door is slammed shut Hilary Mantel keeps the reader off balance with a incongruous levity there s often a giggle burbling just beneath the surface that threatens to erupt at the absolute worst moment because it s all so very absurd Such is the plight of the writer of middling fame in How Shall I Know You and the grotesue and sad creatures she encounters until she realizes that she is one of them The mocking cruelty of siblings in The Heart Fails Without Warning becomes very unfunny when it s clear that mortal danger is having the last laugh The collection saves one of the best jokes for last the Stockholm Syndrome earnestness of a hapless homeowner when the plumber turns out to be an IRA sniper in the title story you find yourself watching the train wreck with undeniable gleeThere is little pleasure for me in the stories themselves these grim and ghastly images of suffering and loneliness But Mantel writes with such precision of detail such surety of destination that I am spellbound Phrases such as turd coloured candlewick cover the brown dinner would shrivel to a stain in its ovenproof serving dish and that singular image of a disfigured child resembling a comma Mantel is a master of uiet menace and disturbing disappointments

  • Hardcover
  • 244
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
  • Hilary Mantel
  • English
  • 14 July 2019
  • 9781627792103

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    review The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB In those days the doorbell didn't ring often and if it did I would draw back into the body of the house Only at a persistent ring would I creep over the carpets and make my way to the front door with its spy hole

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    review The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Hilary Mantel ´ 3 characters free read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher I read this for a mixture of rather weak reasons 1 I was out for the day and unexpectedly finished the book I had with me so went to a second hand charity bookshop2 I didn't want to start a novel as I had a meaty one waiting

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    review The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB The title alone should be enough to give a reader pause not to mention the cover of a headless woman holding a dead rose an indication that we haven't hopped on the Love Train Hilary Mantel's collection of ten taut and acerbic tales wouldn't be out of place on a dark and stormy night or at a slumber party where someone holds a flashlight under their chin illuminating the bones and hollows of their skeleton li

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    free read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher review The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Mantel eerily observant and wickedly funny is a strange combination of self conscious fear and lashing wit Faced with her precision I am reduced to the inarticulate a laugh a sigh a whispered outbreath G’olSometimes she uses just a

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    review The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB summary · eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel ´ 3 characters This started out as a 4 or perhaps even 5 star book but dwindled down to three stars in the endI love Hilary Mantel's writing I found her rather confusing in Wolf Hall even though the power of narrative could not be denied; by the time I read Bring Up the Bodies I had got attuned to her peculiar way of writing

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    free read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Hilary Mantel ´ 3 characters summary · eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel had written many books among them two long historical novels which both have won the Booker Prize Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies making her one of the few authors to win the Booker twice and the only woman to do so I can't speak about them as I haven't read them yet but when I saw this collection I thought that it was finally time to get acuainted The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is Hilary Mantel's second

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    review The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB The only disappointing thing I can see about this book is that the title isn't true

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