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  1. Prior to this, the only Atwood novel I'd read was her early "Bodily Harm", which I listened to on audiobook and left me rather nonplussed. However, I wanted to try one of her dystopian novels, a genre of which I guess I'm a fan given that several of my favourite recent reads such as Michel Faber's "Under The Skin" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", plus works by favourite authors like Philip K. Dick, George Orwell and J. G. Ballard, could be said to fall into this category. "Oryx and Crake", as an introduction to this side of Atwood's work, did not disappoint. It is narrated by Snowman, a
  2. The much anticipated and longed for sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Set more than 15 years after The Handmaid's Tale there are signs that the Gilead Regime is rotting from the inside. There are three main characters, all women (of course) with Aunt Lydia still in charge. Naturally, Aunt Lydia is dictating, to a certain extent, the events but she is portrayed as a lot smarter than the average dictator. Insofaras she knows that Gilead is about to fall and, although she is taken by surprise occasionally seems to know exactly what to do to rectify the situation. This is
  3. Firstly, I don't know if I'm posting this in the right place, should it go here on the Sci-Fi section? This was an option on a book group read that didn't win but I decided to read it anyway after reading people enthusing about it on another website. It really interests me to see these Cold War paranoia Sci-Fi books, this and The Crysalids, I wonder why both of them see American society turning into a religiously fundamentalist regime? I'm only half way through the book, so far also in comparison to The Crysalids its interesting to see something which portrays the generation directly i
  4. After being told off nicely but vociferously by jfp for putting Margaret Atwood in the same sentance as Victoria Hislop I decided it was really time to break my self-imposed embargo on Margaret Atwood and read another of her books. From the book blurb "Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man's dream and a woman's nightmare. She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz and Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; 'with waves of ill wil
  5. I'm about a third of the way through The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I found it on a church bookstall for 20p and as the Handmaid's Tale had been in the study list for my degree I bought it. It has *some* similarities in style and subject to the Handmaid's Tale but if you didn't know they were written by the same person you probably wouldn't notice. I wouldn't anyway. To be honest, I am not sure what I'm making of it so far. It apparently won the Booker Prize and I usually find Booker prize winners odd reads. Maybe that's just me? I'm not really 'into' it yet and I can't really see
  6. MADDADDAM is the last in the Oryx and Crake trilogy. It is set during the year following the “waterless flood”, the disease engineered by Crake to wipe out humanity. The flood left behind isolated human groups and individuals that begin to find each other. Not all of them are as ‘good’ as the few surviving God’s Gardeners. The ‘ungood’ are a trio of ‘Painballers’ - killer criminals who survived the ultimate penalty of the justice system. The most important group of survivors are the Crakers, the humanlike beings engineered by Crake to replace the human race. Unfortunately, the Crakers are il
  7. This is a sequal to Oryx and Crake, although it is mostly set concurrent to the events of Oryx and Crake. I think I might have to go back and read Oryx and Crake again in light of this book. I think I enjoyed it even more than Oryx and Crake, it was really, really interesting. The story follows 2 members of a sort of cult called 'The Gardeners', who believe 'the end of nigh' because humankind has been treating nature so badly and causing extinctions left,right and centre. You get glimpses of the events of Oryx and Crake (which is why I want to read it again, my memory of some of it is a bit ha
  8. I have been reading this book over the last couple of weeks while away on holiday which I now suspect was a mistake. Although a short book it is a far from simple read and I now feel needs to be read with little or no distractions not in the odd bit here and there as I did. Like all Margaret Atwood books that I have read so far the content of the book was very different from others written by the same author. However other aspects of the book were much the same. Margaret Atwood books all seem to be written in layers and this one was no exception. As the story unfolds the reader begins
  9. Hey Guys! It's my first topic so I'm sorry if it's in the wrong place but I am about to go into my final year of my A Levels and I have a coursework component to plan for and complete before November. I have to pick a novel/play to compare to another novel/play based around a theme, my tutor said it would be best to pick four possible comparisons (so two sets of novels/plays). So far I only have one set: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Island Of Dr Moreau by H.G Wells. I am planning to compare these two novels based on the theme of self-induced isolation. Can any of you guys help
  10. I started this book a few days ago having purchased it on the advice of another reader, BB I think it was you. I am about half way through and am beginning to love Margaret Atwood more and more. I have read four other books by this author all of which have been very different story wise from one another and again this book is no exception. The similarities are the writing, brilliant in all cases, and the quirky female characters. You cannot help but feel that Margaret Atwood understands the female psyche in all it's forms and is not afraid to portray it. I do sometimes feel that she is ha
  11. Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood is a somewhat difficult book for me to review because it is hard for me to separate my experience of reading it from the quality of the book itself. This was an uncomfortable read for me, with its slowly building, but everpresent, sense of menace and vulnerability. Ronnie is a lifestyle and fashion journalist, a skimmer of surfaces, who has recently come face to face with her own mortality in the form of breast cancer, resulting in a partial mastectomy. Then her boyfriend moves out, due to a combination of Rennie pushing him away and his own distaste for her di
  12. Charmaine and Stan are living in the near future, a time when the economy has collapsed across the American Midwest, people are jobless, broke and picking over the leftovers of a bygone age. Those who fled in time to the west coast were lucky; those who didn’t face a bleak future. So, when Charmaine and Stan are offered a chance to live in a gated, self-sufficient community that still enjoys plentiful food, security and employment, what’s not to like? Somewhat oddly, at any given time half the population of the commune lives in prison whilst the other half have houses, scooters and jobs –
  13. Having thoroughly enjoyed Alias Grace, which I picked up in a charity shop recently, I next decided to read Cat's Eye as I had seen it mentioned frequently in the "favourite reads" thread. Granted, it is very well written, but I found it a deeply disturbing read- I had to finish it, but I didn't enjoy reading it. I'm not sure that I was supposed to (?) It just made me feel so depressed at the thought of my own existence, I had to go straight for one of Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth novels! What does this mean? I've not experienced anything like this before.
  14. A true story is at the heart of this work of fiction. The central figure, Grace Marks, was one of the most notorious Canadian women of the 1840s, having been convicted of murder at the age of sixteen. The Kinnear-Montgomery murders took place in 1842, the sensational details of which were reported not only in Canada but in the United States and Britain. Much of what we learn about Grace is from her recollections during the sessions with a Dr Jordan who is trying to understand what really happened by listening to her and assessing her conscious and unconscious mind. Easier said than d
  15. Rescued Thread katrina 25th June 2006 01:13 PM The Penelopiad ~ Atwood Just finished this slim volume of Atwood's. The book is one of a collection of novels being written retelling the myths. Definately an enchanting read, Atwood tells the tale of Penelope, Odysseus' wife from Penelope's view point. We also hear the thoughts of the 12 maids told in poetic style interspersed between Penelope's prose. Penelope provides a strong narrative giving her opinion on the events surrounding her marriage. A good read that can be finished easily in one sitting LesleyMP 24th August 2006 0
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