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Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
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Mar 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: outside-nature, power-control, relationship-m-w

An early (1972) feminist novel of which the NY Times book review wrote “It does not take one false step – thoroughly brilliant” but struck me as making many false steps. It was hard for me to believe the two men and one woman accompanying the female narrator on a remote lakeside cabin stay could possibly be as mean, superficial, and stupid as Atwood wrote them. The plot veers off following mysterious clues left by the narrator’s maybe dead father, Indian petroglyphs, and incomprehensible abandonment and rebirth themes.
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