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HILARY MANTEL is of Margaret Epub #222 one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers In these ten bracingly transgressive tales all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged ushering concealed horrors into the light Childhood cruelty is played out. Oh what a nice surprise I didn t expect her to be funny Sly wit and careful attention I must read

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Behind the bushes in 'Comma' nurses clash in 'Harley Street' over something than professional differences and in the title The Assassination ePUB #10003 story staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting gameWhether set in a claustrophobic Saud. The title alone should be enough to give a reader pause not to mention the cover of a headless woman holding a dead rose an indication that we haven t hopped on the Love Train Hilary Mantel s collection of ten taut and acerbic tales wouldn t be out of place on a dark and stormy night or at a slumber party where someone holds a flashlight under their chin illuminating the bones and hollows of their skeleton like a specter of deathThese aren t scary stories but they are haunting the stuff adult nightmares are made of They are about depression and loneliness occasionally tinged with eerie humor that adds a shimmer of the surreal like a dream you know is a dream but you can t uite wake from until it finishes somewhat horribly The first Sorry to Disturb looks through the keyhole of a door into a domestic trap A British woman living on a foreign workers compound in Saudi Arabia while her husband suffers through his work assignment is befriended by a Pakistani man She dreads his visits but can t stop herself from opening the door when he stops by Everything about her life from the heat to the strictures of a repressive culture from the wife s loneliness to her husband s silence is claustrophobic and depressing And the story is so stunningly good I tremble Don t we all have at least one dark memory from childhood of doing something wicked out of spite or curiosity or that simple meanness that comes from thinking the world revolves around us Isn t there at least one childhood companion we palled around with despite our caution and distaste Hilary Mantel knows the truth about our small mean pasts and she wrote Comma to bear witness There are the precise moments when marriages fall apart those moments Mantel illustrates in The Long T and Offenses Against the Person There are moments we wish we could take back things we wish we could unsee sounds we pray to unhear as the wife in Winter Break must after her journey in a taxi down a twisting road on a nameless Greek island with her husband The thump the thud the glimpse of the unspeakable in the moment before the trunk door is slammed shut Hilary Mantel keeps the reader off balance with a incongruous levity there s often a giggle burbling just beneath the surface that threatens to erupt at the absolute worst moment because it s all so very absurd Such is the plight of the writer of middling fame in How Shall I Know You and the grotesue and sad creatures she encounters until she realizes that she is one of them The mocking cruelty of siblings in The Heart Fails Without Warning becomes very unfunny when it s clear that mortal danger is having the last laugh The collection saves one of the best jokes for last the Stockholm Syndrome earnestness of a hapless homeowner when the plumber turns out to be an IRA sniper in the title story you find yourself watching the train wreck with undeniable gleeThere is little pleasure for me in the stories themselves these grim and ghastly images of suffering and loneliness But Mantel writes with such precision of detail such surety of destination that I am spellbound Phrases such as turd coloured candlewick cover the brown dinner would shrivel to a stain in its ovenproof serving dish and that singular image of a disfigured child resembling a comma Mantel is a master of uiet menace and disturbing disappointments

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I Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road on a Greek island these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit Displaying all of Mantel's unmistakable style and wit they reveal a great writer at Assassination of Margaret Kindle #215 the peak of her powers. Mantel eerily observant and wickedly funny is a strange combination of self conscious fear and lashing wit Faced with her precision I am reduced to the inarticulate a laugh a sigh a whispered outbreath G olSometimes she uses just a word an adjective or a verb that brings a smile a wince a world to life At six the steeple headed Saleem had lost his baby fat and his movements were tentative as if his limbs were snappable The story How Shall I Know You speaks directly to my fears An author is persuaded to speak to a book group outside of London and it is a loathsome destination her lodging was not precisely as the photograph had suggested Set back from the road it seemed to grow out of a parking lot a jumble of vehicles double parked and crowding to the edge of the sidewalk The smell of the place had a travelers stenchtar of ten thousand cigarettes fat of ten thousand breakfasts the leaking metal seep of a thousand saving cuts recalling her struggle with a biography about a man who accidentally cut his throat while shaving The author recalls an earlier presumably luxurious accommodation In Madrid by contrast my publishers had put me in a hotel suite that consisted of four small dark paneled rooms They had sent me an opulent unwieldy scented bouuet great wheels of flowers with woody stems The concierge brought me heavy vases of a grayish glass slippery in my hands and I edged them freighted with blooms onto every polished surface I stumbled from room to room coffinned against the brown paneling forlorn strange under a pall of pollen like a person trying to break out of her own funeral The story speaks to my fears because I am struck with terror when someone suggests actually meeting an author or asking them a uestion Haven t they already told us what they wanted to say What on earth could I possibly ask Good lord and what wither under that funny devastating vampiric wit that x ray vision This is a slim collection beautifully printed with vast spacing and acres of white There is room for your mind to wander to what she might have said but did not Mantel uses words in a way that has no precedent Her vision is uniue She doesn t need as many words as others often do to convey her devilish vision You would have thought if you d tried to read her award winning novels about Thomas Cromwell that she could not write only a little but you d be wrong She can and she does here These are perfect little gems that speak to her and our deepest fears the deepest held secrets of the heart


10 thoughts on “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

  1. says:

    Oh what a nice surprise I didn't expect her to be funny Sly wit and careful attention I must read

  2. says:

    “She lives on the fumes of whiskey and the iron in the blood of her prey” The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Mantel Seriously anytime I fantasize about writing a book I read a Hilary Mantel novel and become discouraged Reading Mantel is like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Federer play tennis

  3. says:

    In those days the doorbell didn't ring often and if it did I would draw back into the body of the house Only at a persistent ring would I creep over the carpets and make my way to the front door with its spy hole We were big on bolts and shutters deadlocks and mortises safety chains and windows that were high and barred Through the spy hole I saw a distraught man in a crumpled silver grey suit thirties Asian He had dropped back from the d

  4. says:

    I read this for a mixture of rather weak reasons 1 I was out for the day and unexpectedly finished the book I had with me so went to a second hand charity bookshop2 I didn't want to start a novel as I had a meaty one waiting at home; short stories seemed ideal3 I relished the shock of my mother when I told her what I was readingIt was a reas

  5. says:

    The title alone should be enough to give a reader pause not to mention the cover of a headless woman holding a dead rose an indication that we haven't hopped on the Love Train Hilary Mantel's collection of ten taut and acerbic tales wouldn't be out of place on a dark and stormy night or at a slumber party where someone holds a flashlight under their chin illuminating the bones and hollows of their skeleton like a specter of deathThese are

  6. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewReality behind the surface Literature The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary MantelThis is my first Mantel I’ve been postponing reading the first two volumes of

  7. says:

    Mantel eerily observant and wickedly funny is a strange combination of self conscious fear and lashing wit Faced with her precision I am reduced to the inarticulate a laugh a sigh a whispered outbreath G’olSometimes she uses just

  8. says:

    This started out as a 4 or perhaps even 5 star book but dwindled down to three stars in the endI love Hilary Mantel's writing I found her rather confusing in Wolf Hall even though the power of narrative could not be denied; by the

  9. says:

    Hilary Mantel had written many books among them two long historical novels which both have won the Booker Prize Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies making her one of the few authors to win the Booker twice and the only woman to do so

  10. says:

    The only disappointing thing I can see about this book is that the title isn't true

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