About the book
For me, The Robber Bride is about personal and global wars. Why the anger? What do you gain? Is it worth the struggle? In the end, what are you left with? Is there a better way?
The Robber Bribe is told by three women. Their stories are linked together through one person -- Zenia. We follow each woman through this book -- through their own eyes, their own thoughts -- and the experience helps to define them.
Tony (educated. professor. historian. wife. childless. )
'This is the first time Tony has ever said very much to anyone about her mother... Zenia ... can see it's a painful subject for Tony, but this doesn't deter her; if anything it spurs her on. She pushes and prods and makes all the right noises, curious and amazed, horrified, indulgent, and relentless, and pulls Tony inside out like a sock.' (p. 152)
Zenia wiggles into Tony's life, uses her, wringles her out, stuffs her full of things that Zenia will be able to use later and then she's ready comes back into Tony's life and makes withdrawals. Tony is left to pick-up the pieces.
Chrisa (new age "hippie". single mother)
Zenia stole something from her. Ever since suffering this lose, Chrisa has been investing a lot more in herself -- building a happy life.
Roz (business woman. single mother.)
Roz's home life is like one of those English family comedy movies from the 1960s.
Zenia is given the most life, the most power in Roz's life. Did Roz pay the most?
'[W]hen the women's movement hit town in the early seventies, Roz was sucked into it like a dust bunny into a vacuum cleaner.' (p. 394)
'Zenia says coolly "Mitch was a creep. Roz is better off without her." ' (p. 462)
West is weak; Billy is lazy; Mitch is unfaithful. I wonder if Zenia did Tony, Charis and Roz a favour by destroying their relationships with these men.
When Atwood wants to introduce back-story, she writes, 'For instance'. So simple; so effective.
I love this quotes... 'Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of women. A mother knows.' (p. 95)
Concepts to mull over... 'Perhaps the soul breaks up as the body does, and only parts of it are reborn, a fragment here, a fragment there.' (p. 508)
'The dead return in other forms ... because we will them to' (p. 525)
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