• Book Review, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Hilary Mantel, the twice Man Booker Prize-winning author of two books, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, is back with a new collection of short stories, titled The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Ten stories unfold that are really engaging, and rare to read because they often get lost in the daily bustles of city life. One of the stories, 'Comma' unravels cruelty experienced at childhood, behind the bushes, while 'Harley Street' is about nurses who disagree over something a little bit different than professional differences. In "Comma" two girls, young, go over a wall to spy on the residents of a mansion, known as the Hathaway's House. The story is quite creepy, until you learn that one of the girls, Mary, is a juvenile delinquent, older, bossy, and her counterpart, Kitty, is scared of what lives in the house, but cannot tear herself apart from the mystery of it.


It's a pale fluffy creature, wrapped in a blanket, that you cannot name, so Mary, decides it's awful and says it is shaped like a comma! Kitty observes that in the garden of this mansion, while waiting breathlessly to catch a glimpse of the creature, that the garden is replent with roses that have scorched and turned a heavier shade of brown, and become swollen blebs on stalks. Mary is hungry with greed, forthcoming with her sexuality, somewhat, and hopelessly lost, so it's understandable, when the sunny side of nature, have turned her poetic, during her recess from juvenile delinquency but what a vivid account of people akin to such mean thoughts about randomers!

Meanwhile, 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' the title of the book and the short-story, is about a plumber, who chooses to stay in but that event spirals down a little bit unfortunately: it turns into a dark/deadly waiting game, that is really vague and spooky. Surprisingly, the book likes to travel a lot, so don't get too bored, because one moment you will be in a flat in Saudi Arabia, and another second, you are in Greece. The book likes to recline in sporadic moments of dark recess, that warms the soul, for some, even so simply imagine the heaping, glorious and dusty details. Mantel, as an author, has been very bold with this book, just like she is with all of her works, even those that like to unravel a mysterious episode of Tudor history for readers, not that often explored. This is an exciting book and a thoroughly vivid, clear and poignant narration of some interesting characters and how they like to pursue their heartfelt desires!

This review was written by Fashion Girl

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