In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a piece of her mind, the real truth about the Little Red Hen, a reincarnated bat explaining how Bram Stoker got "Dracula" all wrong, and the five methods of making a man (such as the "Traditional Method": "Take some dust off the ground. Form. Breathe into the nostrils the breath of life. Simple, but effective!"). There are parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, reconfigured fairy tales, and other miniature masterpieces - punctuated with charming illustrations by the author.
This is a used copy in good condition, with some creasing and light wear to the dust jacket.
By Margaret Atwood. Hardcover, 164 pages. Published by Nan A. Talese, 1994.