Sunday, February 1, 2015

Review: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories.

In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display. 

Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes, brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way. 

Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.

ARC received for review.

I think I may possibly be the only reader to be underwhelmed by this collection of short stories.  Normally I enjoy reading short story collections since they are usually quite fun but this collection was just sort of blah.

The stories were clearly well written but they just weren't interesting.  I didn't connect with the characters and I, frankly, didn't care what happened to them.  The author clearly wrote these as a way to illustrate what a wonderful, intellectual writer she is and with no thought as to the readability value.  

This is an excellent collection of stories for those intellectuals who like to sit around discussing just how brilliant they are, how fabulous the writer is, and all the various literary devices the writer used.  However, if you actually want to be entertained by an enjoyable read then this is not for you. 

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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