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message 1: by Neal (new)

Neal Adolph The first review I've ever read of this which has made me want to read it. it's a surprising talent, making me want to read Atwood. She and I have such a troubling relationship.


message 2: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Neal wrote: "The first review I've ever read of this which has made me want to read it. it's a surprising talent, making me want to read Atwood. She and I have such a troubling relationship."
Really? None of her books have disappointed me (yet), and most of them I give 5 stars to! Have you read the Maddaddam Trilogy? Such a strange, amazing series.


message 3: by Neal (new)

Neal Adolph I've read the first two. I enjoyed the first one and the second for the most part - I don't think that I've ever read a book so quickly - but ultimately I find Atwood a little too "on the bone" in her ideas and presentation. I'll finish it eventually, I'm sure, but it often frustrates me how very little mystery there is in her books given she also writes poetry. I keep reminding myself of Alias Grace, which was my first book by her and one helluva good one at that. But I've changed a lot as a reader since enjoying that one, and I'm just not sure how it would stand in my estimation anymore...


message 4: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Neal wrote: "I've read the first two. I enjoyed the first one and the second for the most part - I don't think that I've ever read a book so quickly - but ultimately I find Atwood a little too "on the bone" in ..."
Wow, that's very surprising to hear. I also loved The Blind Assassin as well--its as superb as Alias Grace. I will admit that its a goal of mine to read all of her novels. As a huge fan of that art (more so, Im afraid, than poetry), I think she may just be my favorite Canadian writer of all time.


message 5: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy I loved this book. And I agree with your Coen brothers analogy. Spot on!


message 6: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Dorothy wrote: "I loved this book. And I agree with your Coen brothers analogy. Spot on!"
Thanks! f


message 7: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Neal wrote: "I've read the first two. I enjoyed the first one and the second for the most part - I don't think that I've ever read a book so quickly - but ultimately I find Atwood a little too "on the bone" in ..."
have you read atwood's 'surfacing'? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
it's one of her best, imo. i like her s/f novels better than most of her others; 'surfacing' is an exception.
i once spoke with a local [ sask.] school librarian when atwood's name came up - a recent award or honour - and the librarian said, 'margaret atwood - you know, that boring canadian lady'.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Nice review, Fabian, of a book that garners such a wide spectrum of opinions.


message 9: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Fabian, Ive procrastinated on reading this for - what? - maybe 20 years? Im in. Super insights!


message 10: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Roberta wrote: "Neal wrote: "I've read the first two. I enjoyed the first one and the second for the most part - I don't think that I've ever read a book so quickly - but ultimately I find Atwood a little too "on ..."

WOW! Everyones a critic! (Obviously.) And yes, I HAVE read Surfacing, check out my review of it. I thought it was magnificent, which is not out of the ordinary for the BCD ("Boring Canadian Lady").


message 11: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Anne wrote: "Nice review, Fabian, of a book that garners such a wide spectrum of opinions."
Thank you, Anne! f


message 12: by Fabian (new)

Fabian LeAnne wrote: "Fabian, Ive procrastinated on reading this for - what? - maybe 20 years? Im in. Super insights!"

LeAnne: Read, read read! A MUST


message 13: by Ana-Maria (new)

Ana-Maria Petre I have it in my library, unread. Your excitement over this is contagious, and definitely convincing (especially as I loved Zamiatin's We). Thanks for the insight!


message 14: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Ana-Maria wrote: "I have it in my library, unread. Your excitement over this is contagious, and definitely convincing (especially as I loved Zamiatin's We). Thanks for the insight!"

Yes Ana-Maria! Handmaids Tale is definitely a must for any member of the literati!


message 15: by Ayala (new)

Ayala Levinger what do you mean by "mirrors thd treatment of women in the middle east"?


message 16: by Fabian (new)

Fabian Ayala wrote: "what do you mean by "mirrors thd treatment of women in the middle east"?"
As second class citizens. Second to men.


message 17: by BAM (new)

BAM The Bibliomaniac In complete agreement


Nooilforpacifists I don't much care for dystopias, and a man-hating dystopia was too much for me. The quality of writing kept it from being a "one star", but the hit-me-over-the-head plot required a significant downgrade. Felt like I had to cue up the end of "Planet of the Apes" (movie) and cleanse my palette by Heston shouting "You damned dirty apes!"


message 19: by Tate (new)

Tate Houser I agree with this review because I had the same reaction to the end of the story and the main norms in the society. My favorite part is the ending when it gives you hints of everyones relations and then makes it so you want to read more.


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