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uk canada goose Margaret Atwood adaptation to make its world premiere at TIFF Need to know more about Alias Grace? Atwood spoke to CBC twice about the novel in 1996: on the TV program Midday (which you can watch above) and the CBC Radio program Morningside (which you can listen to at the bottom of this post). uk canada goose

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canada goose uk black friday «In murders in which there are a man and a woman involved, public opinion usually goes in the following fashion: everybody is agreed on the man but opinion is usually split about the woman. One side: ‘She instigated it all. She’s the female demon.’ The other side: ‘She is an innocent victim coerced by force, circumstance and fear’,» Atwood said to CBC. canada goose outlet toronto factory «That’s how it split on Karla and it was canada goose outlet parka certainly how it spilt on Grace.» canada goose uk black friday

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«This novel is set in the Victorian period, a period this you might say is the period of dreams. It’s when they become very important. I think dreams are part of people’s lives and if you are going to show a character you have to show their dreams. There was a huge interest into the workings of the mind (at that time).»

buy canada goose jacket cheap 10 great Canadian book to movie adaptations 5. How history repeats itself The 19th goose outlet canada century story of Grace Marks says a lot of about today’s class canada goose outlet nyc society, according to Atwood. «We are hurtling back towards the 19th century. We seem to be making choices with a small class of very rich people and a large class of very poor people whose labour canada goose outlet store will therefore be very cheap. In the first part of the 21st century, there was an attempt to get away from that but now we canada goose outlet online uk seem determined to go back to it. We should as people have a good look at how it canada goose outlet reviews played out then and whether we really want to (go back).» buy canada goose jacket cheap

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canada goose clearance sale 6. How we tell stories Atwood is a storyteller (Alias Grace was her ninth novel when it came out in 1996) and she’s interested in not only telling stories, but why and how we tell stories. «The novel is partly about stories, how they are constructed, how they are influenced by the circumstances surrounding them: who is telling, who is canada goose outlet canada listening, and why.» canada goose clearance sale

canada goose uk outlet In fact, readers should keep that in official canada goose outlet mind when reading the book and deciding whether Grace is innocent or guilty. «She’s telling the story to somebody who might help her get out. And if you were in that position, and you were talking to someone who might help you get out, what sort of light would you represent yourself in?» canada goose uk outlet

canada goose factory sale Atwood has come to her own conclusion on the guilt or innocence of Grace Marks. But she’s not telling anyone. canada goose factory sale

buy canada goose jacket «The maddening thing about history is that it can leave out the things you most want to know,» she said. «[But] I haven’t concealed any hidden piece of evidence that tells all.» buy canada goose jacket.

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