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Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood
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Sep 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 1m, spl, 200-300, books-10k-done, 1m-finished, canadian, margaret-atwood

If you're a woman, and you're having a shitty relationship with a man, this book will either depress the hell out of you or it will make you feel better to know that someone else knows how it feels to be a woman in a shitty relationship.

But not every story was centered around relationships between women and men. "Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother" and "Unearthing Suite" focus on parents seen through the eyes of their progeny. It's interesting to note how the entire book which largely deals with women and their relationships with men, is sandwiched between two stories that deal with parents. There's definitely a sense of a generation gap when you compare stories. In "Unearthing Suite," the parents have their relationship down. They're together. They make it work. The rest of the stories reflect how shitty relationships between men and women are at present.

These stories are harsh and brutal, almost agonizing to read. "Uglypuss" and "Bluebeard's Egg" in particular deal with unfaithful men and their betrayal of their relationships with their significant others. In "Uglypuss," I was thinking it was awesome how Becka was seeking her revenge, but at the same time, it wasn't. It was sad and terrible how it really turned out.

"The Sunrise" was probably my favorite of all the stories. I think I relate to this one the most. Yvonne's an independent female artist who has become so disillusioned with men that she can't love anymore. She just doesn't have the energy. She keeps a razor blade in her paintbox. Her landlords speculate about her personal life. It's really nothing what they imagine.

Margaret Atwood is a stellar writer and this book pulls you into the sights, sounds, and scents of cottages in the woods or disordered urban apartments. I would only say that the stories, while beautiful, are also a bit of a downer (or at least most of them are). Atwood deeply understands with the utmost sensitivity the disappointment and heartache of failed relationships and the lapse in communication between people.

Writing with this much depth of perception, she must have had many personal experiences of her own.
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Reading Progress

September 29, 2009 – Shelved
April 13, 2010 – Started Reading
April 14, 2010 –
page 18
April 15, 2010 –
page 44
April 16, 2010 –
page 63
April 16, 2010 –
page 63
April 18, 2010 –
page 139
April 20, 2010 –
page 152
April 21, 2010 –
page 161
April 22, 2010 –
page 171
April 23, 2010 –
page 195
April 24, 2010 –
page 208
April 27, 2010 – Finished Reading

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