Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2007)
A take on debt, and debtor / creditor relationships observed and understood through literature, the history of human existence, and cultural manifestations. Atwood’s humour comes through in this read and is welcomed if one was expecting (like me) to be reading a dry take on a rather dry topic. I appreciated the continual return to the idea of memory and the reminder that without records, without us writing things down or caring about what a person owes, there is no such thing as debt. The one thing from this book that I could do without is the Scrooge anecdote / manifestation that makes up the majority of the last chapter— I felt like this was inconsistent with the remainder of the content and it’s deliver, and unnecessary as a result.