What is your fave Margaret Atwood book? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-20-2008, 12:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
cherimoya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My Mum asked me this the other day and it was hard to pick one. I have read quite a few. I think Handmaid's Tale or The Edible Woman might be my fave. Anyone else here love Atwood?
cherimoya is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-20-2008, 05:23 PM
 
OakBerry's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,888
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I really liked "A Handmaid's Tale" but I could never get into any of her other books. Too weird.
OakBerry is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 05:45 PM
 
leerypolyp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,237
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love love love her!

Cat's Eye is far and away her best work. Really, really the best. I've read a lot of other things, and Handmaid's Tale comes close, but the more sci-fi-ish stuff is kind of meh, and some of the early fiction just isn't that great.

But Cat's Eye. If you like Margaret Atwood, read Cat's Eye.
leerypolyp is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 05:47 PM
 
AuntNi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 1,819
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Hard to say, although I have yet to check out The Edible Woman.

I think The Handmaid's Tale was so brilliant, and should be standard literature curriculum. But the one I've read three times, and I think about it quite often, is The Blind Assassin.

Don't you wonder what she's like in real life?

Nichole
wife to Sasha, mom to Marlena, nursed for 3.5 years, aunt to 3 adorable nephews
AuntNi is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 05:53 PM
 
the_lissa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 11,838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So many. I don't know how to pick.

I really like Cat's Eye, Robber Bride, Alias Grace.

Jam 7, Peanut Butter 5, and Bread 2.

the_lissa is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 06:05 PM
 
lawschoolmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 254
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Handmaid's Tale for me!

Wife to DH 6/05 partners.gif and mommy to DD1, born 10/07 dust.gif and DD2, born June 2010 energy.gif, and one cat.gif! We bftoddler.gif, familybed2.gif, and homeschool.gif

lawschoolmama is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 06:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
cherimoya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cat's Eye is great. The only book I really didn't enjoy of hers was "Bodily Harm", found that one kind of boring but still ok. I have seen her interviewed and she's very interesting.
cherimoya is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 08:34 PM
 
annettemarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: In the Restricted Section
Posts: 34,451
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Alias Grace. I could read that one again and again.

Flowers, fairies, gardens, and rainbows-- Seasons of Joy: 10 weeks of crafts, handwork, painting, coloring, circle time, fairy tales, and more!
Check out the blog for family fun, homeschooling, books, simple living, and 6 fabulous children, including twin toddlers

annettemarie is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 11:25 PM
 
TEAK's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Juneau, AK
Posts: 2,231
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The only one I didn't like was Life Before Man. Otherwise, I have every much enjoyed her work.
TEAK's Mom is offline  
Old 10-20-2008, 11:36 PM
 
APMomOfKimmyN-Maya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Posts: 485
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love The handmaid's Tale.
APMomOfKimmyN-Maya is offline  
Old 10-21-2008, 04:38 PM
 
Verity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: talking to myself in public
Posts: 3,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I found The Handmaid's Tale riveting. I still think of it sometimes when I go to use an ATM. ;-)

I read Cat's Eye, but don't remember a single thing about it.
Verity is offline  
Old 10-21-2008, 05:35 PM
 
NiteNicole's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,580
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Alias Grace.
NiteNicole is offline  
Old 10-21-2008, 05:36 PM
 
kewb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 3,272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Handmaids Tale. Although I have not yet read Edible Woman.

Kathy-Mom to Blake & Mikaela
kewb is offline  
Old 10-21-2008, 09:16 PM
 
leerypolyp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,237
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oooh yeah, Alias Grace! I loved that one too!

I liked Blind Assassin okay -- didn't love it, but still a very good book. Life Before Man was my big "meh" book of hers.
leerypolyp is offline  
Old 10-21-2008, 09:30 PM
 
smeisnotapirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Posts: 5,738
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"A Handmaid's Tale" is my #1 favorite book of ALL.TIME.

It's standard reading for the 11th graders at my high school, and I remember being FLOORED by it then. Every time I read it, it's better and better. And freakin' scary now.:

Sara caffix.gif, Keith 2whistle.gif, Toby 6/08superhero.gif, Nomi 4/10blahblah.gif, Mona 1/12 hammer.gif

 

Mama of three, lover, student rabbi, spoonie, friend, musician, narcoleptic, space muffin, pretty much a dragon. Crunchy like matzoh.

smeisnotapirate is offline  
Old 10-22-2008, 07:23 AM
 
Imogen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've only ever read The Handmaids Tale... I have browsed some of her other books, but never bought one.

Which one do you recommend?
Imogen is offline  
Old 10-22-2008, 12:03 PM
 
knittinanny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 372
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like them all, but I'm partial to Oryx and Crake. I think about it every time I pass a McDonald's (chickie nubbins). I also really loved Alias Grace and The Blind Assassain. Has anyone read The Penelopiad yet?

I think that Handmaid's Tale should be required reading for life. Everyone, everywhere. I love it and find it utterly terrifying all at the same time.

Bicycle-ridin', craftin', bloggin' feminist future mama to my starbabies dum spiro spero
knittinanny is offline  
Old 10-22-2008, 12:10 PM
 
the_lissa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 11,838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've read the Penelopiad. I liked it, but it isn't my favourite,.

Jam 7, Peanut Butter 5, and Bread 2.

the_lissa is offline  
Old 10-22-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Juvysen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Binghamton, NY
Posts: 7,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
My favorite was Oryx and Crake.

Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise idea.gif  (1/06), Oliver Matthew  blahblah.gif (7/07) and Avery Michael fly-by-nursing1.gif(3/10)

 

dizzy.gif Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.

Juvysen is offline  
Old 10-24-2008, 01:40 AM
 
indigolilybear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 'Burque, NM
Posts: 1,313
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Alias Grace and RObber Bride. ALso LOVE Small bones and simple murders (snippets, SUPER funny in such a sharp way...very MA) but not sure I got the title exactly right
indigolilybear is offline  
Old 10-24-2008, 01:42 AM
 
chio88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 90
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Love them all!
chio88 is offline  
Old 10-24-2008, 01:42 AM
 
Thursday Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Fl
Posts: 5,522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
oh i am going to have to expand my world. I have only ever read the handmaids tale and I loved it!

Courtney and Cree, baby made 3, added one more then there were 4, sakes alive, then we had 5, another in the mix now we have 6!

A Momma in love with her Little Women-Jewel Face, Jo Jo Bean, June Bug, and Sweet Coraline.

 

 

Thursday Girl is offline  
Old 10-24-2008, 01:43 AM
 
FancyD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,274
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
My favorite was Oryx and Crake.
:

I really like Alias Grace, too.
FancyD is offline  
Old 10-24-2008, 02:43 AM
 
EviesMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Earth.
Posts: 3,466
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a set of nearly all of them; the only other sets I have are series: Harry Potter, Narnia Chronicles.

Cat's Eye, hands down, is my favorite. It was my screen name on forums for years, but I let it go awhile back. If I ever change my username here, it would be in the running again.

I also love The Blind Assassin. Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake are... not my favorites, but that's because they frighten me too much. I like my science fiction to remain solidly fiction and those two seem eerily plausible in some political and agro-pharmeceutical ways. :

Happy with my DH, 2 kids, dog, fish, and frogs
EviesMom is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off