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Margaret attwood

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marissab Thu 25-Apr-13 17:54:09

I adore handmaids tale. I love the futuristic 1984-ish bleak future themes. Are her other books along the same themes? I don't know whether they'll live up to HMT.

CoteDAzur Thu 25-Apr-13 22:06:41

Argh, critiquer = to critique, obviously.

madammoose Thu 25-Apr-13 22:06:56

I really enjoyed A Handmaid's Tale & just read Surfacing on holiday which was also good. It wasn't long so I even got to read a second book. We were only away for a week, so I was delerious with happiness - reading is the biggest activity I have missed since having my son in 2010.

I liked it - and (other than the lovely Jane) I tend not to like books by women much either (increasingly so as I get older and fussier/crabbier).

madammoose Thu 25-Apr-13 22:07:31

* delirious

It's quite spare and doesn't waffle on in the way that I think some of her others do.

CoteDAzur Thu 25-Apr-13 22:08:23

Don't worry, AF. I bet you wouldn't pronounce Y as "epsilon" in a French sentence, so you are already much better than DH grin

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 22:09:11

What a strange pronouncement, to "not like books by women"

Why ever not ?

janx Thu 25-Apr-13 22:10:31

She's my mum

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Thu 25-Apr-13 22:12:16

steben Oh! I didn't know Oryx & Crake/After The Flood was going to be a trilogy. V Excited now! I bloody love Margaret Atwood. <Joins Atwood Hero Worship Quiche>

SorrelForbes Thu 25-Apr-13 22:12:18

She's one of the few authors whose books I re-read frequently. HMT, Alias Grace, O&C and The Penelopiad are amongst her best IMHO. Cats Eyes really affected me. I wept.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 25-Apr-13 22:14:01

I like all of MA's books but as I get older find them a bit naive. Much prefer Rose Tremain

Because I am fed up of women either overwriting and trying to be all 'poetic' on the whole. Maybe I've chosen the wrong women in recent years.

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 22:17:59

If you are basing your assessment of recent female "authors" on that person that "wrote" 50SOG then I might agree with you, Remus

smile I read one paragraph. It was more than enough.

MrsHelsBels74 Thu 25-Apr-13 22:19:32

Love Margaret Attwood although I struggled with Oryx & Crake. Favourites are Robber Bride, Blind Assassin & Edible Woman as I really related to the main character & always hoped for a 'Duncan' to save me (never happened & I had up do it myself).

Might give Oryx & Crake another go, I didn't know it was part of a trilogy.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 25-Apr-13 22:22:51

I dislike a lot of male authors in particular Ian McEwan who although is a good writer seems to have a very 'male' pov and is also obsessed with sex!

CoteDAzur Thu 25-Apr-13 22:23:37

AF - Because books by women authors tend to focus on feminine issues, bickering between women, and feeeeelings all of which I find profoundly uninteresting on every level.

I just checked my Kindle account now - Out of 37 books I have read last year, only 6 were written by women and I loved 2: Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke Of Insight, which is a brain scientist's auto-biographical account of her stroke and subsequent years of recovery.

If you want obsessed with sex, try Pat Barker. 'Still Life' was beyond ridiculous.

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 22:24:50

Actually, looking back many years, I think I had to have more than one jump at Oryx and Crake to get into it smile

Since then, I have had several

lottieandmia Thu 25-Apr-13 22:25:57

I love Margaret Atwood. IMHO, The Hanmaid's Tale is surpassed by Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride.

KittenofDoom Thu 25-Apr-13 22:26:18

I just have to say that I hate the use of 'critique' as a verb. A critic criticises {something} and the resulting criticisms, taken together, form a critique.

There, now I've got that off my chest.

CoteDAzur Thu 25-Apr-13 22:28:17

If Ian McEwan is "obsessed with sex", what does that make Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski?

AnyFucker Thu 25-Apr-13 22:28:36

kitten, it was a light-hearted, tongue in cheek comment


CoteDAzur Thu 25-Apr-13 22:30:49

Kitten - A critique can be positive, in which case it is not a criticism.

So, you can't really say "A critique criticises something".

KittenofDoom Thu 25-Apr-13 22:32:03

What was? I just hate "critique" used as a verb, it's such an X Factor sort of word. grin

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