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Other Margaret Atwood books - not the Handmaid's Tale / Testaments

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perplexedagain Thu 12-Sep-19 17:09:05

OK I have read quite a lot of Atwood - not everything though. I'm holding off from starting the Testaments as I quite fancy trying something else first to get me in the zone ...

So I loved - Hag-Seed, Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake, and Cat's Eye
I quite liked The Robber Bride , the Blind Assassin, Alias Grace and the Heart Goes Last (but not as much as my absolute favourites)
I was indifferent to The Penolopaid
I really really disliked Moral Disorder (and was hugely disappointed)

So is there anything else I should read / would enjoy?

What's your favourite Atwood? And why??

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forkfun Thu 12-Sep-19 17:15:06

I really enjoyed her collection of short stories Stone Mattress.

FreeButtonBee Thu 12-Sep-19 17:17:31

have you read the sequels to Oryx and Crke (Year of the Flood and MadAdam)? Just finished YOTF which was pretty good (some of the same characters and a different angle to how the world got where it got to)

BaconAndAvocado Thu 12-Sep-19 19:47:26

Cat's Eye was excellent.

mamaduckbone Thu 12-Sep-19 21:24:10

I was also going to suggest the Oryx and Crake sequels - I really enjoyed them - The Year of the Flood and Madaddam.

Sooverthemill Thu 12-Sep-19 21:33:01

I have read
The Edible Woman
Lady Oracle
Life Before Man
Bodily Harm
Cat's Eye
Blind Assasin
Alias Grace
The handmaids tale
And then I gave up half way through Oryx and Crake

Early work was good, the later stuff I find tedious and preachy. We studied her first 3 as part of my feminist literature module for my degree.

Frangible Sat 14-Sep-19 07:30:05

The Robber’s Bride is by far my favourite. I don’t care for anything after Oryx and Crake.

CaptainNelson Sat 14-Sep-19 21:47:26

Another vote for The Edible Woman
Agree about Penelopeaid

TonTonMacoute Sun 15-Sep-19 10:56:27

I think Cats Eye is my favourite, but enjoyed most of her books.

Didn't like Handmaids Tale and I remember being a bit underwhelmed at Alias Grace.

BlueBilledBeatboxingBird Sun 15-Sep-19 12:51:29

TBH I would just jump straight in and read The Testaments. Having read most of her prose it is the least Atwoody Atwood I can remember reading. It’s much lighter and less complex than many of her other novels.

perplexedagain Sun 15-Sep-19 22:56:55

Think I am going to try Stone Mattress. I like short stories as a form as only excellent writers do short stories well. I'm really unsure about the Testaments. There's such a lot of hype and I don't want to be disappointed

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BornInAThunderstorm Sun 15-Sep-19 22:58:10

I really enjoyed Surfacing, although the Edible Woman is also quite good

SinisterBumFacedCat Tue 24-Sep-19 23:33:14

I really enjoyed Lady Oracle, found it hilarious. Loved Cats Eye, Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake. Struggled with Surfacing and gave up a few chapters before the end, only book i’ve ever done that with.

DarlingNikita Sun 29-Sep-19 17:13:38

I've read all her fiction. I agree Hag-Seed, Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye are very fine pieces of work. I also really liked the Penelopiad. But for me Alias Grace is her masterpiece and should have won the Booker.

This may be controversial but I don't really like her 'late-period' work (Oryx and Crake, Maddadam et al).

But to answer your question, I really like her poetry. Have you read any of that?

CountFosco Sun 29-Sep-19 20:44:00

Another vote for Alias Grace, it's my favourite. Also love The Robber Bride. Hated The Edible Woman.

SchadenfreudePersonified Sun 29-Sep-19 23:17:20

Loved the Oryx and Crake trilogy, the Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Handmaid's Tale, Blind Assassin - and unlike most on here I enjoyed the Penelopiad.

TBH, I haven't read anything by her that I haven't enjoyed except the Testament and The Edible Woman. Haven't read her short stories though - it's a genre I'm not keen on.

jackparlabane Sun 29-Sep-19 23:26:08

Cats Eye, Lady Oracle, Robber Bride and Blind Assassin are my faves. And Alias Grace.
Oryx and Crake was a bit meh and stopped suddenly - is the sequel any good?

Loved Handmaid's Tale but couldn't reread or watch the series, so doubt I'll read its sequel.

Moomin8 Sun 29-Sep-19 23:32:18

Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride are my favourites. Oryx and Crake is also great in its own way.

For me, Cat's Eye is such a sharp observation of how difficult it is to be a girl / woman since we're socialised to be 'nice, kind, polite' and that supposed friendship groups can actually therefore be a hotbed for viscous, covert bullying.

OnTheBorderline Mon 30-Sep-19 01:57:43

Surfacing and Bluebeard's Egg which is a book of short stories.

ChristmasFluff Sat 12-Oct-19 22:46:34

I read the Handmaid's Tale in 1988 - and stayed up to read it in one go. I then read everything she had written, and have read all she has written since.

Not a second wasted. Read what you fancy - she's a genius.

PhilSwagielka Mon 14-Oct-19 09:57:56

The Edible Woman, and definitely check out her short stories too.

PhilSwagielka Mon 14-Oct-19 09:59:36

And if you're asking what my fave is, either The Handmaid's Tale or Cat's Eye. I was badly bullied by girls claiming to be 'friends', so the latter is very close to home.

timtam23 Mon 21-Oct-19 16:37:11

I really enjoyed Cat's Eye. Maybe because I had been bullied by other girls when younger, and could relate to the story. My English teacher at school recommended The Handmaid's Tale for me to read - it must have been 1986 or 1987. And I absolutely loved it. I read The Edible Woman next and also liked it but that one felt a bit more unfinished, I think it was her first novel? I liked Alias Grace but haven't read any of the later books, Oryx & Crake etc. I listened to some of the radio dramatisation of The Testaments and found myself getting drawn into the story so will put it on the list to read once the publication/Booker excitement has died down a bit

historysock Mon 21-Oct-19 16:39:50

Alias Grace is the best of her books I think.

ScreamingCosArgosHaveNoRavens Mon 21-Oct-19 16:41:57

Another vote for Cat's Eye. I'm not much of a fan of The Handmaid's Tale so I'm waiting until The Testaments starts appearing in charity shops to read it - but Cat's Eye was much better.

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