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At most parties and events I go to which granted isn't many, we all end up standing around the kitchen, drinking (whatever) and grazing. So, here's the Atwoodians kitchen where we can meet and hang out. We could start by introducing ourselves (to the degree that you are comfortable with, of course).
I'm Lois and I live about 45 minutes outside of Boston (USA). I read all kinds of fiction but primarily literary fiction and fiction from other countries at the moment. I also read a fair amount of classic and contemporary poetry, and various kinds of nonfiction. I joined LT back in October 2006 when I was working out my notice at the bookstore. It was thought by the friend who recommended it to me, to be a good way to help me 'adjust' to not working around books. It worked! I'm back in school for another six months or so.
I started this group and a few others. One might think it a bit of a reach to start a group solely around ONE author, but I was sure Atwood fans would all be fabulous readers and the group would survive. And it does.
So, come on in and have a cuppa or a glass of something and introduce yourself!
There are some great australian wines available. Yes, I like the odd glass of wine though I find it better to drink tea or coffee whilst reading otherwise I tend to nod off.
Note: I am completely enamored of Aussie YA author Margo Lanagan.
The Atwoodians seem to be a very quiet group. I hope some of them join us in the kitchen soon.
Favourite Atwood book?
Yes, the group is quiet despite my attempts to draw everyone out:-) An Atwood group doesn't have to just talk about Margaret Atwood, it can be a place with Margaret Atwood fans talk about anything. I guess we'll be patient and see who shows up. . .
Anna, 24, from Montréal (and Toulouse, France... and London, England... I've moved around quite a bit).
I read voraciously, anything from Harry Potter to Doestoevsky to Nancy Mitford... but Atwood has to be among my top five.
I'd have trouble explaining exactly what it is in her books that captivate me so much; her amazing, inimitable writing style, her wry attitude to life, her incredible perception, her sense of satire... but above all, the way every so often while reading her books I stop and say to myself "but that's ME!".
I have read just about everything she's written, fiction-wise. If I had to pick out a few favorites I suppose they would be The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Lady Oracle and Cat's Eye. The only one I didn't enjoy was Bodily Harm, for some reason.
Oh, and I'm partial to the odd glass of red, or three!
I'm Rachel, British, living in Belgium. I read mainly literary fiction, and Atwood has to be one of my very favourite writers; I've read all her fiction, although I've yet to venture into her poetry or non-fiction.
My favourite Atwood? Probably Cat's Eye, followed by The Handmaid's Tale, and The Blind Assassin. I enjoyed the short stories in Moral Disorder, but I find her occasional writing much harder going (recently read The Tent, and have been ploughing through Good Bones for months now!)
I'm Charlotte, living in London.
The Robber Bride is my favourite Atwood, followed by The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace. I think I've said somewhere on a previous thread that when reading Atwood I feel entirely immersed in the world she creates. When I have to stop reading (like when I have to change trains) it feels like I have emerged from underwater - the real world is a shock!
Any suggestions for a tipple to sooth a sore throat? Bearing in mind it is only 10am here, so the brandy in warm milk will have to wait until later!
I'm Katie in Austin, Texas. I think I'll have a nice, spicy chai tea, thank you.
Atwood is my favorite author and I obsessively collect her novels. My favorites are The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid's Tale, and Alias Grace. I also really liked Surfacing, because I loved the language of it all; I couldn't get over calling canned food "tinned." How utterly fantastic is that? Not to mention that the cabin in the woods? The one where no one could pop by for a visit and they were surrounded by a lake and wildlife? That's where I want to live one day.
But I'm with a lot of you: I wasn't a big fan of Bodily Harm. I'm not sure what it was, but it just didn't hold my attention like the rest of her work.
one spicy chair cuppa coming up!
I read The Blind Assassin last year and that was my first Atwood book. I liked the book except for the science fiction element (I am not a SF fan - in any way, shape or form). I then read Penelopiad, which I just thought was clever, clever, clever.
I studied feminist literature in college, so you would think I would have read more Atwood in my reading years, but alas, she has never made my reading lists. I hope to rectify that now!
Oh my drink! I am not a coffee or tea drinker, but I do enjoy lemonade! =)
And like Jill, I don't drink tea or coffee, but I am partial to a nice cold Diet Coke occasionally.
I'm a university librarian and am so glad when I have the chance to introduce a student to her works-which is not very often. But every once in a while, someone asks for something to read that's like an "updated Kate Chopin" (guess I know who they assign in the literature department) and I get to show them to her.