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Are you reading a book by or about Margaret Atwood currently?

1avaland
Editado: Jun 8, 2007, 6:43am

While we aren't a terribly active discussion group, I thought I'd add a thread for those of us who might be currently readings a novel, poetry collection or nonfiction by Margaret Atwood, or a book about or somehow related to her.

I currently am reading The Penelopiad and enjoying it very much. Atwood's wit is in the forefront in this little book. While I know why I picked it up now, I don't know why I hadn't picked it up before this!

2tripleblessings
Jun 8, 2007, 2:41pm

I just finished reading Moral Disorder and enjoyed it very much. It has been described as quite autobiographical, and I was very curious to know whether various stories described stages in Atwood's own life and people in her family. Her trademark satirical humour appears from time to time, and is delightful. I love her sensitivity to characters' emotions, and her strong portrayal of women who struggle in different ways with the day to day challenges of relationships and trying to find happiness.

3torontoc
Jun 9, 2007, 2:22pm

Interesting about Moral Disorder being autobiographical- I didn't think that it was. However that means that I will look for a book that I was meaning to read by Rosemary Sullivan - The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out

4avaland
Jun 10, 2007, 4:11pm

Sounds fascinating; let us know how it is...please?

5torontoc
Jun 10, 2007, 5:59pm

Will give a report when I find the book and read it!I am now reading Rosemary Sullivan's latest book on the rescue of artists during World War Two. I seem to remember good reviews on her Margaret Atwood book.

6thioviolight
Jun 11, 2007, 11:55pm

I'm glad I decided to visit the group page. I'm currently reading Oryx and Crake, and I'm loving it so far. I was engaged from the moment I started! I'm constantly amazed how easily I get into Atwood's books.

This is actually my take-out book (to read when I am out, waiting or at a café), but I'm so tempted to read straight through it at home!

7thioviolight
Jun 12, 2007, 12:23am

Oh, just one thing I'm not happy about with Oryx and Crake is the stereotype of a Filipina domestic worker and the misspelling of Philippina.

8avaland
Jun 13, 2007, 8:42pm

I've started picking my way through the collection of interviews pictured currently on the group page. Waltzing Again: New and Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood. Thus far, I have enjoyed several interviews done by Joyce Carol Oates in the 70's. I would recommend it for Atwoodaholics and those interested in her thoughts on writing fiction and poetry. Actually, she has interesting things to say on a variety of topics!
What a brilliant woman, really.

9kiwidoc
Jul 8, 2007, 2:05pm

I am embarrassed to say, that I am 3/4 way through my very first Atwood book - The Handmaid's Tale, which I am enjoying in a kind of horrified way.

I now vow that I must read all her other books, although the order of reading is not clear. I thought the next choice could be Alias Grace and then Penelopiad.

10ang19
Jul 11, 2007, 1:24am

not currently reading atwood, but always tempted to pick up and re-read Handmaid's Tale when deciding what to read next.

>9 kiwidoc: -- Alias Grace was a little tougher for me, for some reason. Robber Bride might be a good choice -- that one grabbed me even more than Cat's Eye. i stayed up til 7am finishing it. :)

11urduha
Jul 19, 2007, 10:10am

My favourite Atwood book is my first Atwood book, The Edible Woman. It's so witty, loudly funny and always relevant.

12avaland
Ago 1, 2007, 7:00pm

I recently added "Power Politics" to my Atwood collection and I'm reading it off and on, and inbetween everything else.

13mcglocklin
Ago 7, 2007, 4:52pm

I have a copy of The Penelopiad, but am a little anxious about starting it without having read The Odyssey. Could someone that has read both let me know if they think that it enhances the reading of Atwood's book? I have read The Iliad, but The Odyssey has yet to be even purchased.

14avaland
Ago 7, 2007, 7:26pm

You really only have to know the basic story of The Odyssey, imo. You could probably pick up a synopsis somewhere on line.

15mcglocklin
Ago 8, 2007, 10:03pm

Thanks, I already know the basic story of The Odyssey, and wasn't particularly looking forward to reading it, haha. I am however looking forward to reading Atwood's novel.

16avaland
Ago 20, 2007, 4:19pm

I have finished reading Power Politics and have started The Door, Atwood's newest collection of poetry kindly sent to me by a fellow LTer. I think I will leave it beside the bed and read it on occasion rather than gooble it down all at once as I did Power Politics.

17keren7
Ago 23, 2007, 5:16pm

I am also reading The handmaids tale and am also horrifying fascinated with it.

18thioviolight
Maio 14, 2008, 1:45am

I'm currently reading The Robber Bride, and I'm really enjoying it, more than I did my last Atwood reads.

19Nickelini
Maio 14, 2008, 1:08pm

I'm not currently reading an Atwood, although I plan to start Alias Grace as soon as I recover from Middlemarch. I did however check out an Atwood DVD from the library today. In 2006 Bill Moyers had a series on PBS called "Faith and Reason" where he interviewed famous authors on their ideas of, yes, you guessed it: faith and reason. Atwood's interview was one of the only ones I saw, and I thought she was brilliant. I talked the university library into purchasing the whole series (it was outrageously expensive), and now I'm working my way through them. First up is a rewatching of the Atwood interview. If you can find this DVD, I highly recommend it.

20avaland
Maio 17, 2008, 11:49am

Sounds great, Nickelini, I'll check my library consortium! Also, the book Waltzing Again has new & selected 'conversations' with Atwood over the whole period of her career. A fabulous read; a brilliant, perceptive woman! (equally intriguing are The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates. . .

21thioviolight
Maio 26, 2008, 1:55am

I just finished The Robber Bride, and it's definitely one of my favorites now!

22wonderlake
Jun 26, 2008, 6:56am

I just started Surfacing, shame for me it didn't get picked for the group read.

I had a look at other Convesations re it and it has come up on the worst book/ clunkers/ most bungled ending threads ...

23LizzieG
Jun 26, 2008, 7:10am

I've just got started with Oryx and Crake and it is definitely intriguing me. I've probably read half a dozen or so other Atwood's before now, but I think this is the first with a male protagonist - quite a change!

24Nickelini
Jun 26, 2008, 11:25am

Wonderlake: Surfacing in on the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, so not everyone thinks it's horrible. Come back and let us know what you think.

25thioviolight
Jul 1, 2008, 12:41am

I loved Surfacing myself. I read it years ago and because I have a terrible memory, I can't remember much of it, except that it left a big impression on me. It's one of my favorite Atwood novels.

26hazelk
Jul 1, 2008, 3:40am

Just setting off on holiday accompanied by Alias Grace.

27avaland
Jul 2, 2008, 8:31pm

I was happy to find today a paperback copy of Oryx and Crake so I don't have to wear out my hardcover for our summer read. I may take the book with me on the plane to OZ (right about the time the discussion may be starting...).

28wonderlake
Jul 15, 2008, 5:07am

Surfacing was so incredibly strange and mysterious. I could have easily when I finished reading it just gone back to the start and begun it again. There was so much of it I didn't pick up on at first glance- her baby, her brother...

I was also jealous of her outward bounds skills - knowing about plants, vegetables, mushrooms, canoeing, fishing- it made me want to explore the Great Outdoors myself, except I'd be one of the rubbish townies that got lost and had to have an expensive search & rescue team sent after me.

29frahealee
Editado: Set 6, 2019, 4:19pm

I have read six of Margaret Atwood's books in the past year, but am currently pursuing The Robber Bride. Many remain on my wish list, but the Morning in the Burned House poetry collection is near the top.

Chronologically:
Surfacing
Alias Grace
The Blind Assassin
The Edible Woman
Good Bones
Stone Mattress

30avaland
Set 22, 2019, 10:53am

>29 frahealee: The Robber Bride is one of my favorites (but then I have so many favorites) I have enjoyed her poetry, too.

Just finished The Testaments, think I will start a thread here in the group and see if anyone wants to talk about it.

31frahealee
Editado: Jan 27, 2020, 9:01pm

>29 frahealee: After receiving Burned House for Christmas from my eldest son, I am thinking of pre-ordering DEARLY: POEMS pronto! Hardcover, 96 pages, published by McClelland & Stewart (c/o Chapters Indigo main page online). Site says 10NOV2020 release, so we'll assign it to the proverbial birthday budget...

Margaret Atwood turns 81 just after her book release (18NOV1939). Staggering clarity and accomplishment during a time of turmoil. Go Peggy! =)

Incidentally, I find it harder to read her work on ebook format than a book-in-hand fashion so The Robber Bride (Kobo) might be completed by mid-February if I'm lucky. Hag-Seed and Penelopiad will then rise to the surface of my wish list. And perhaps Wilderness Tips? Still trying to fit in a re-read of Cat's Eye if the local library cooperates.

32avaland
Nov 26, 2020, 7:12am

>31 frahealee: I have Dearly: New Poems but have not had the quiet time to really dig into it. So many books, so little time...as they say.