Monday, May 18, 2015
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mandel
For those who love the aforementioned books, this is largely nothing like them. As you would expect from a short story, the narrative arc is foreshortened, and that is very close to the exact opposite of those books. Some of these short stories are just several pages in length. What this book has in common with the novels that I have read is the introduction of a wide range of interesting and varied characters. The book opens and closes with what I think are the strongest stories, with one in between on their par. In these stories, women and men have a complicated relationship that is party of their making and partly a product of the circumstances that they live in. That is the gift of the author, and it does glimmer through in some of these stories. I should also note that I am not a fan of the short story, and that I am someone who does not shy away from a complex 600+ page book, so you really do have to take what I say with a grain of salt.