Review by countess_eva
April, 26 2012
Pros: Beautiful writing and complex characterization.
Cons: Slow pacing, extraneous stories, too fragmented.
Review by vodka4u
September, 15 2008
Pros: Alot of great supporting characters,great ending
The way it is worded makes Jane Austen seem spare. You will need a dictionary.
Review by arkhaine
January, 11 2005
Pros: Great writing, interesting characters
Cons: Sometimes poor choice in plot execution, unsympathetic main
Review by phoenixx
July, 07 2002
Pros: Another fresh approach to storytelling by Atwood and her poetic pen
Cons: Periodically choppy story line tends to detract from flow
Review by galintokyo
July, 03 2002
Pros: Keeps you on your toes until the very end
Review by lernerj
June, 01 2002
Pros: intertwining stories, plot twists
Cons: no likeable characters, parts are slow
Review by dalway
May, 24 2002
Pros: The craft of fiction at its absolute finest!
Cons: It ends.
Review by kirsten_1964
May, 06 2002
Pros: A vivid pre-WWII story of life involving Laura and Iris, sisters with secrets.
Cons: Slightly confusing at first but well worth the effort. Stay with it.
Review by scmrak
March, 27 2002
Pros: lovingly drawn characters, a complex plot that unwinds at its own pace
Cons: that pace is at times a little too slow
Review by jessyclown
January, 17 2002
Pros: This is a well written, well thought out novel, worth reading
Cons: It is hard to get started with this book
Review by supervixen
November, 10 2001
Pros: The storyline is deeply moving and engaging. The reader is hooked from the first line
Cons: The connections the reader is expected to make may cause some confusion.
Review by drooly
June, 19 2001
Pros: beautiful prose, fabulously creative story telling
Cons: heavy and difficult read, slow at times
Review by meeshling
May, 01 2001
Pros: Well written, an interesting approach, Margaret Atwood.
Cons: A little hard to understand.
Review by onejennifr
April, 30 2001
Pros: Wonderful book in a book! Once you get into it you can't stop.
Cons: In the beginning it is somewhat confusing.
Review by largemarge
December, 29 2000
Pros: Suspenseful, engaging, a real page-turner
Cons: A few characters need more development
Review by autodidact
November, 27 2000
Pros: smooth and complex structure; use of language
Review by Jennifer_Gibbons
November, 25 2000
Pros: Wonderful writing by Margaret Atwood
Cons: the novel in the novel takes away from the story
Review by dharma63
November, 20 2000
Pros: lyrical prose
Cons: subplot not quite as good as main plot
Review by robinmichele
November, 14 2000
Pros: The language!! Intriguing plot. Fresh approach to literature
Cons: not a good story when you're sleepy