Search Results: "Margaret Atwood"


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ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"A landmark work of speculative fiction, comparable to A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, and Russian revolutionary Zamyatin's We. Atwood has surpassed herself."
Environmental unconcern, genetic engineering, and bioterrorism have created the hollowed-out, haunted future world of Atwood's ingenious and disturbing 11th novel, bearing several resemblances to The Handmaid's Tale (1985). Read full book review >

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BODILY HARM by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 1982

"Still: strong work, reflecting a powerfully bleak vision—though too obvious and linear for fully satisfying fiction."
Rennie is a free-lance Toronto journalist in her thirties. Read full book review >

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LIFE BEFORE MAN by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1979

"Monumentally depressing, thoroughly gifted work from a very special novelist."
If there are such things as "poet's novels," Margaret Atwood writes them. Read full book review >

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THE TENT by Margaret Atwood
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"If Atwood's name weren't attached, no publisher would bother putting this trivia between book covers."
Top-of-the-head riffs, the majority occupying a peculiar middle ground between fiction and allegory, from the Canadian novelist (Oryx and Crake, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAT'S EYE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1988

"All the better Atwood trademarks are here—wry humor, unforgiving detailed observation, a tart prose style—and likely to attract a wide audience."
Atwood's wide-screen, cautionary Handmaid's Tale (1986) confirmed the author's place in the major leagues, and here she follows up with a work of intensity and tart wit. Read full book review >

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BLUEBEARD'S EGG by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 1986

"Through most of Atwood's undistinguished second collection of short fiction runs her feminist sense of angst and alienation; occasional stabs at mitigating humor mostly miss their mark."
Atwood (Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale, etc.) here adds two new stories to a collection first published in her native Canada in 1983. Read full book review >

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DANCING GIRLS by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1982

"Still, the story form finally seems a little inhospitable to Atwood's unsparingly discomforting talent, which benefits most from a poem's distillation or a novel's large clemency; and these pieces, too short for real development but long enough to become terribly dreary, offer only flickering evidence of Atwood's substantial gifts."
The themes are quintessentially Atwoodian: a little terror, a lot of ennui, and women's hunger for exactly the things they detest most (or so they think). Read full book review >

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SURFACING by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1973

"Miss Atwood is a remarkable writer with a style that's clear and clean and close to the bone but since her heroine is so exempt from feeling, it still remains a kind of suicide chic even where she distances beyond those lost causes (the ecology, liberation, etc.) we consider fashionable."
Themes of some of her poems — a "universe. . . that survives only by devouring parts of itself," and man or woman as a lonely and primeval (often "furry") animal — are all part of this novel which is as charged and delusional as the talented Edible Woman although her heroine, a young woman whose life becomes a repudiation of it, is far less appealing. Read full book review >

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THE EDIBLE WOMAN by Margaret Atwood
Released: Oct. 5, 1970

"For its intelligence gentled by sympathy, its eye for telltale detail, and its humor which ranges from wit to some waywardly funny scenes—a distinct pleasure to read."
This is a first novel of genuine style applied to the most ordinary circumstances. . . disconcerting, faintly ominous, and moving with the greatest of ease from the expected to the unexpected. Read full book review >

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HAG-SEED by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Deliberate and carefully built, this novel rarely pulls off true theater's magic of transforming glitter confetti into fairy dust."
Despite its title, this novelization of The Tempest explores the perspective not of Caliban, the enslaved witch's son, but of Prospero, his magician master. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Wholly satisfying, with plenty of insights for Atwood and sci-fi fans alike."
A witty, astute collection of essays and lectures on science fiction by the acclaimed novelist. Read full book review >

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GOOD BONES AND SIMPLE MURDERS by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Readers will resent paying what averages out to about ten dollars per hour for this."
Atwood (The Robber Bride, 1993, etc.) is always at her worst when her acerbic sneer overwhelms other elements, and there is barely room for anything else in these short-short works. Read full book review >