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In this short story by bestselling author Margaret Atwood, a white horse, rescued from mistreatment, comes to a new family with its own secrets and struggles. Through this simple premise Atwood offers a glimpse into how families—and all living things—relate to each other, in good times and bad.
Praise for Moral Disorder
"Stories like 'The White Horse'...prove Atwood is still a master of the compelling, peculiar portrait of human behavior. (Grade: A-)"
"...Atwood's stories evoke humankind's disastrous hubris and phenomenal spirit with empathy and bemusement."
—Booklist (Starred Review)
"Crisp, vivid detail and imagery and a rich awareness of the unity of human generations, people and animals...make Moral Disorder one of Atwood's most accessible and engaging works yet."
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Her stories are sophisticated, reticent, ornate, stark, supple, stiff, savage or forgiving; they are exactly what she wants them to be. They are stories from the prime of life."
—Times Literary Supplement
Watch for Margaret Atwood's next book, In Other Worlds, published in October 2011.
Extended Copyright Information
Story: Copyright 2006 by O.W. Toad. All rights reserved.
Cover Image: Copyright by George Whiteside. All rights reserved.
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
In their second year at the farm, Nell and Tig acquired a white horse. They didn't buy this horse, or even seek her out. But suddenly, there she was.
In those days they picked up animals the way they picked up burrs. Creatures adhered to them. In addition to the sheep, cows, chickens, and ducks, ...
Copyright 2006 by O.W. Toad
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Reviewed by Evgenia23 on Apr 6, 2013
I have heard and read so many good things about Atwood that I've decided to take a shot and read a short story of hers to get a taste.
I was greatly disappointed.
To underestimate the intelligence of your own characters (as a writer), it is undoubtedly your right to do so. But to underestimate the intelligence of your readers, it is simply unforgivable.
There are so many the things I disliked in the story, plot, style and characters, that it would take me half a day explaining....
For those of you who would like to read something meaningful, just keep browsing..
Reviewed by EugeneOB on Mar 23, 2012
The best part of the book was the White Horse.
I finished reading White Horse. It was a good book and I did enjoy it.
Reviewed by tealismyname on Dec 15, 2011
It's clear that Atwood is stupendous with words, but I've found that her work always lacks the punch her build-up leads to.
I enjoyed it, but the ending was weak and felt rushed.
Reviewed by sugarspundt on Aug 11, 2011
Wonderful, quick read
Atwood has a way with words that surpasses others. White Horse was a short but meaningful story that I would recommend to a friend.
Reviewed by crucible3 on Jun 9, 2011
Nothing too memorable but a decent sad read
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Ratings for 'White Horse' by Atwood, Margaret