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Atwood, Margaret. Moral disorder.

ATWOOD, Margaret. Moral disorder. Read by Susan Denaker. 6 cds. 7.75 hrs. Books on Tape. 2006, 1-4159-3345-6. $61.00. Vinyl; plot notes. SA

Although listeners may not know the details of award-winning Canadian author Atwood's own biography, these interconnected stories seem so true that one must be forgiven for thinking that they are nonfiction. The recurring characters, especially those of the two sisters, are viewed as children, as young adults, and as middle-aged. Their relationship changes and even their names change from story to story, yet their core personalities seem the same. Even as the characters travel through time and the middle-class Canadian society they live in, the listener sees the world change, mutating the social norms, the styles and the attitudes of the characters. The voice of the stories sometimes changes; in one story we relate to the first wife of the main male character, and then the next story changes gears and we are relating to the second almost-wife for the rest of the collection. Narrator Denaker reads in a placid manner, carrying the story through the years with an understanding and acceptance of the foibles and strengths of the characters she portrays. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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