Her prose is stunning throughout, and I was left feeling that I could open the book and point at a line at random, and the line would be heart-stopping. ~ Ana Mardoll Atwood has a way of letting readers peer into her characters' minds as they go about their days. In this marvelous collection of twelve short stories, Ms. Onko se hyvä syy pitää jostakusta? And so on and so on, through school, university, work. Sally's mental universe is a creation of her own making, just like the tales she has spun.
I myself have known only two. For a moment, Samantha looks helpless and pathetic. She kisses him, then feels guilty about it. Every time he gives her another piece of evidence. The Second story is about the narrators first boyfriend and is very much a coming of age story. They mock her, eat her cookies and talk over her head, describing her in terms ''marmoreal,'' ''earthy,'' ''telluric,'' etc. I think it's something special when an author can make an average human into something interesting and unique, and it reminds me that everyone has a mind that is constantly thinking.
Which, again, in any given instance, or even across a lot of instances, is fine and even salutary, but it grows frustrating to be told over and over that you're focused on the wrong things. Or maybe I just don't care for Margaret Atwood's writing. These stories are harsh and brutal, almost agonizing to read. Despite Miranda's warnings, Samantha refuses to acknowledge the strict Muslim rules. She's in her early 20s, and radiates health and vitality. Women who mull over why their marriages are crumbling apart around them, a man who tries to reconnect with an old flame and fails at it, a teenager who for the thrill of the moment gets herself involved with a guy for whom she barely feels any passion thereafter and so on. Into this humdrum of common place and bland situations, Atwood pours the brilliance of her prose.
Loulou is a successful potter who supports financially a number of poets including her ex-husband and former lovers. Samantha puts her down magnificently. The prose she employs is way different in eloquence and articulation from what another writer might have used in a similar circumstance. Nothing was extremely exciting or crazy but that's why I loved this collection of short stories- I have a thing for simplicity. The stories are fairly long, so there are only twelve here it made me kind of miss The Tent, which included stories that were less than a page long but still managed to pack a significant emotional punch.
I like a couple in this book but that's not enough really. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. I loved The Handmaid's Tale and usually if I love one book by an author, I will at least like the rest of their works. They are not necessarily heavy on plot, but you get to know some very interesting characters and relationships. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam Trilogy. He's no mere blockhead; you'd have to be working at it to be that stupid. Mutta hän ei sano sitä kun isä on kuulemassa.
But she's brilliant, as always. The male characters are cads and the women are in love with them and unhappy. An extraordinary collection by an incomparable writer, Margaret Atwood is a writer to be read and savored and remembered. Teenage years were more problematic. We must try understand within the text the blurred lines of writer and reader.
He has a present for her, a ring with an unusual stone. As readers we can see this message from Atwood, she wanted to be clever in her retelling of BlueBeard. The women are nearly lynched by an angry mob, and have to leave precipitously for New York. Evolution does not favor them. I say this because I was forced to watch a semester of quality canadian film and I'm still very bitter about it. Karismaattisuus on jännä Minulla tietysti on heikko paikka kertomuksille, joissa puhutaan hiusten leikkaamisesta.
Her short stories are very character driven. I lost sleep, I kept thinking of the similarities between character experiences and my own parallel life experiences. The short story titled 'Bluebeard's egg' was simply magnificent. In the story ''Bluebeard's Egg,'' the fashionable wife of a successful cardiologist becomes a connoisseur, so to speak, of her handsome husband's ''dumbness. Charlotte is obsessed with the idea that her husband is sleeping with the nanny, and spends all her time trying to call him. But not every story was centered around relationships between women and men.