Search Results: "Margaret Atwood"


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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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THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1985

"Tinny perhaps, but still a minutely rendered and impressively steady feminist vision of apocalypse."
The time is the not-so-distant future, when the US's spiraling social freedoms have finally called down a reaction, an Iranian-style repressive "monotheocracy" calling itself the Republic of Gilead—a Bible-thumping, racist, capital-punishing, and misogynistic rule that would do away with pleasure altogether were it not for one thing: that the Gileadan women, pure and true (as opposed to all the nonbelieving women, those who've ever been adulterous or married more than once), are found rarely fertile. 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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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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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 HEART GOES LAST by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"As one of a small group of authors who won literary credibility for dystopian fiction, Atwood has taught her readers to expect better."
Dystopian clichés are played as farce in this nasty tale. Read full book review >

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LADY ORACLE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1976

"Lady Oracle's automatic reading—a charming certainty."
There were those who admired The Edible Woman, while Surfacing—post-discovery chic?—attracted still more attention. Read full book review >

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THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Boldly imagined and brilliantly executed."
Atwood's skillfully woven tenth novel is her most ambitious and challenging work to date, and a worthy successor to her recent triumph, Alias Grace (1996). Read full book review >

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ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Through characteristically elegant prose and a mix of narrative techniques, Atwood not only crafts an eerie, unsettling tale of murder and obsession, but also a stunning portrait of the lives of women in another time."
A fascinating elaboration—and somewhat of a departure for Atwood (The Robber Bride, 1993, etc.)—of the life of Grace Marks, one of Canada's more infamous killers. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Another stimulating dystopia from this always-provocative author, whose complex, deeply involving characters inhabit a bizarre yet frighteningly believable future."
Atwood returns to the post-apocalyptic world she imagined in Oryx and Crake (2003, etc.). 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 >

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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 >