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This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood's startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence.Her men and women still miscommunicate, still remain separate in different rooms, different houses, or even different worlds.With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and unexpected violence, the stories reveal the complexit...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published November 30th 2001 by btb (first published 1977)
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Allison
The only thing that saves this from the one-star category is the fact that I can imaging my creative writing professors at Rochester assigning these sorts of short stories, because they are right in line with all of the ones I read for class. I would read and become a bit excited near the end of the first third of the story, hoping with a bit of anticipation that now, after this confusion and meandering, everything will add up and lead to something beautiful or horrendous or at least meaningful....more
Caleigh
I prefer Atwood's novels to her short stories but I've had this book for eons and figured it was time to read it. And sure enough, I was nonplussed by most of the stories, hated a few, and enjoyed fewer still.

The overall mood was definitely depressing, the attitude cynical, and if the pieces reflect Atwood's (then) opinions of relationships, she considered all men to be cheating deadbeats and women to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Several stories reminded me of dreams - disjointed, wit...more
Kari
So far this is my least favorite of Atwood's books. It is a collection of short stories; the stories have shared feminist themes like most of Atwood's work. I do have three favorites despite it not being my favorite of her works: "The Man from Mars," "When It Happens," and "The Grave of the Famous Poet."

"The Man from Mars" is an interesting tale about a woman being stalked by another student. There is an awesome twist at the end of the story when the woman narrator inquires about what happened...more
Ana Mardoll
Dancing Girls / 0-553-37791-4

This collection of Atwood short stories includes:
- The War in the Bathroom
- When It Happens
- The Man from Mars
- A Travel Piece
- Polarities
- The Resplendent Quetzal
- Under Glass
- Training
- The Grave of the Famous Poet
- Lives of Poets
- Dancing Girls
- Hair Jewelry
- Giving Birth
- Rape Fantasies
- Betty
- The Sin Eater

These stories are classic Atwood material: the stories explore pain in modern relationships, and the ennui that sets into modern life and leaves people feelin...more
Stewart
"Dancing Girls" is an early collection from the 1970s of short stories by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. Like many collections of short fiction, this one contained some stories of greater interest than others. Most take place in Canada. A few of the stories look at the dividing line between fantasy and insanity and others at male-female interactions.
"The Man from Mars" from 1977 is an especially good entry. It is a humorous account of cultural misunderstanding between a college student, who...more
verbava
іноді здається, що в цих оповідань нема ні початку, ні кінця, просто вирвані з життя моменти, які мають свою передісторію і після яких ще купа всього відбуватиметься, - розповіді без розв'язок. фейбер пише схожу коротку прозу, теж лишає читача без можливості розпружитися; як і в нього, в атвуд нічого не закінчується, є тільки проміжні зупинки, і вони не обов'язково наприкінці оповідання.
символічний - і дуже потужний - текс про "давати життя" наприкінці збірки, мабуть, один із найсильніших тут.
Ian
This is Atwood’s first collection and, to be honest, it’s actually a little dull. The contents were originally published in a variety of Canadian literary magazines. No dates are given, but I’m guessing the stories date from no more than a few years before the collection appeared. I’m still not entirely sure what to make of Atwood’s fiction. I find her novels much more successful than her short fiction, but I’ve yet to read one of them with as much power as her Alias Grace – though The Handmaid...more
Arlie
Atwood has written a collection of stories that are almost overwhelming in their depressing portrayal of the impossibility of intimacy in relationships. Each of the narrators is isolated and overly analytical. Yet, like all her stories, they offer a look at human motivation and draw the reader in.
Grace
I love collections of short stories and in Dancing Girls, Atwood really packs a punch. It combines dark humor and lyrical philosophy all together. While I feel that the title could have been better, this is a book I throughly was inspired by.
Penni Russon
This was an excellent listen. Atwood is such a fabulous storyteller and her language is superb, interesting, peppered with startling observations, but neither showy or distracting - never at the expense of character or story.
John
How Does Atwood do it? With every story I am hooked within a page. I am drawn to the characters and want to know more and more. I immediately feel connected.

These short stories are from a younger Atwood than ones I have read. She seems more connected to the horribleness of being young, and single, and confused in love and relationships. They were delightful through and through. Full of many familiar themes I have found in her writings.

The Man From Mars – Interesting how the the kicker at the e...more
Jen
In "Dancing Girls," Margaret Atwood probes the places in our minds we know but seldom discuss. I wanted so badly to like this volume because I love Atwood's dystopian novels and the unique voices she gives to each of her narrators. But the common theme running through the collection--negative relationships between men and women--makes for an unpleasant reading experience. After just a few stories, I felt so bad that I didn't want to continue reading. The stories are undeniably well-written, but...more
Rebecca Scaglione (Love at First Book)
When I picked it up, I had no idea that Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood was a book of short stories. I’m usually not a short story fan overall, but was excited to read Atwood’s take, since I’m a big fan of her.

I’m still working on my Margaret Atwood Challenge, reading one of her novels per month, basically in order of publication, so this is my December book.

While a few of the stories in Dancing Girls had endings that left me stumped, I still enjoyed reading them. But for the most part, they ke...more
Annmarie Sheahan
Although not all of the stories in this Atwood collection were five star worthy, as a whole, this did not disappoint, and the stories I loved were so good that I feel the entire book deserves my praise. Plain and simple, Margaret Atwood is the best female contemporary author out there, and in my opinion, probably the best female author I've ever read. Her use of language is superb and she is able to write about the fantastical and the ordinary with equal eloquence and depth. A thorough reading o...more
Jessica
I have been slowly adding to my Margaret Atwood collection through purchases at used book/yard sales and, after reading this collection of short stories, I am thinking maybe those dollars have been wasted. I guess that's my fault for continuing to accumulate stacks of books by an author I have never read before, but I was hoping I could trust the word-of-mouth recommendations. There were one or two stories that were even remotely memorable, but the rest were dry and empty. It wasn't even because...more
Mariano Hortal
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Todo el mundo conoce la capacidad de crear historias de su compatriota Munro, lo que quizá no se conoce tanto es la de Margaret Atwood. Ya hablé convenientemente sobre ella en el recopilatorio “Asesinato en la oscuridad” y ahora todo ello se refrenda con este “Chicas bailarinas” que reedita Lumen en su sello de narrativa.
En el anterior recopilatorio que comenté jugaba con factores distintos: más cercanos a la narración de género policíaco, cie...more
Vicky
A so-so collection of short fiction that took me forever to slog through.

The collection is dark, depressing and rather abstract in some stories. The main characters include a woman who appears to be suffering from some sort of schizophrenia and dementia, a woman being stalked by a foreign student, several couples in relationships that range from unhappy to adulterous, a counselor at a camp for children with disabilities, and a racist who insists on seeing new tenets in her building in their "nat...more
Laura Hartmark
Lives of The Poets is my favorite short story here. More of a carrying card than anything else, it explains the arc from pathetic to meteoric that is quickly swooped by poets.
The character is in her bathroom, blithering and afraid with head cold and nose bleed: the epitome of a fire gone out. Then she realizes that she is a poet - so she will go stand in front of a room full of people, open her mouth, and..."out will pour blood."
Ellen
Amazing. I've been slowly working my way through Atwood's evergrowing body of work through the years, and usually have liked her post-1990 work better than her pre-1990 work (after reading Cat's Eye, Life Before Man, and Lady Oracle in too close succession and finding them to be far too similar to one another.) There are exceptions, though. And her collections of short stories certainly seem to be among them.
There's nothing too ostentatious here. Like I said in my comments, one can see a prelud...more
Megan F
I lost this book so many times. It makes it very difficult to remember the beginning of the collection, however, there are bits and pieces I remember, and Atwood's tone is, as always, something I very much love.

I especially liked the alternating narration in the story about the couple on vacation that practically hated each other but didn't know how to live without each other, each one giving a little peek into the other. And I don't think I'll forget the story about the travel writer who ends...more
Christina
This is the first I've read from Margaret Atwood....and I wasn't terribly impressed. It was good for reading on the train while commuting but I'm not sure I would have finished it otherwise. Stories were bland (while using fantastical elements/narrations) and many seemed not to have a point.
Evelyn
lol... i didn't realize this was a collection of short stories... i'm third story in and was wondering why there was no continuity in the characters. doh!

still... enjoyable reading so far in that bizarrely unique Atwood way. she writes about the most depressing lives and yet somehow makes you feel hopeful while reading it...

UPDATE: ok i finished it and good lord what a depressing read - it was a bunch of stories of people who really aren't very likeable, just slightly off mentally and who really...more
Kate
Jan 17, 2010 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atwood devotees
Recommended to Kate by: TS/ handling
Shelves: short-stories
"You were, of course, the perfect object. No banal shadow of lawnmowers and bungalows lurked in your melancholy eyes, opaque as black marble, recondite as urns, you coughed like Roderick Usher, you were, in your own eyes and therefore in mine, doomed and restless as Dracula."

"In the corner of his eye the old woman swelled, wavered, then seemed to disappear, and the land opened before him. It swept away to the north and he thought he could see the mountains, white-covered, their crests glittering...more
Rachael
this collection of short stories by atwood was very good, and nearly all were written as a first-person narrative from a woman's perspective. while each female had a totally different voice and personality, the feminist overtones were overwhelming at times. this is definitely no handmaid's tale or oryx and crake, though i didn't expect it to be really. the stories are very well-written though, in atwood's typical poetic yet concise prose. had the same stories been written by any other author the...more
Elisa
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this collection of stories but by the end of it I didn't find very many of the pieces memorable. A few characters kind of blurred together, as did plot lines and motifs. Quite possibly that could have been the point, but it's not my favourite point. The stories I liked I really liked, some of them made my skin crawl and eyes bug out, while others left me ready to get onto the next story. And, I hate to say if of Atwood, but too many of her women were too pa...more
Chaitra
I'm a fan of Atwood, but I'd never read any of her short stories. I had no idea what to expect. It was fine, but I obviously prefer her full length novels. The theme seems to be isolation and miscommunication as always. There were some truly interesting stories. Man from Mars for example - the Korean (?) man following a solid girl who's initially flattered. Hair Jewelry - a lady thinks she can exorcize her old flame that dumped her if she saw him once more, but she cannot. The Resplendent Quetza...more
Nancy
It was like someone trying to write stories for "The Twilight Zone" and failing miserably.
Raymond Markley
While I respect the creative effort of anyone, I really had a hard time with this one. In the other things that I've read by her I find that the developed character is really interesting and I want to finish the work. More than that, when reading some of her works I get bummed out near the end and start rationing pages so I can keep reading the work as long as possible. Not so with this one. I did finish it, but had a few college flashbacks to things I was forced to read. And again I do respect...more
Audrey
The early ones were a little vague and lacked closure, though that could be said for most sgort stories in general. I liked the last few and overall enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and for the most part sympathetic and an general air of mystery pervades the book as a whole.
Carly
I was nervous to read this book. I LOVE Atwood's novels, and was terrified that I would not adore her short stories as much. Of course, I should have had faith: It's Margarat Atwood, I don't think she knows how to not write well.

What was interesting about these stories, most of which had female narrators, was how haunting and truthful they are. Even in these short stories Atwood is able to develop characters who are so ordinary that their faults are so truthful--and you can't help but to know t...more
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

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