What is your favorite Margaret Atwood novel/short fiction collection and why?
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Cat's Eye is my all time favorite - it changed the way I look at life (the nature of creativity, specifically) and is listed among my "life altering" books. My second favorite is Blind Assassin.
Unfortunately, I don't care too much for the dystopian books -- but then I don't care for utopian books, either, so it's probably just the genre. That being said, Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake were just not my cup of tea. Although I enjoyed pondering the philosophical questions they posed ... but would probably not recommend them without a caveat.
I've had Robber Bride in Mount TBR for years, and see now that I really must get to it sooner than later. Thanks!
The Handmaid's Tale also has a place in my heart as the first Atwood I read.
In fact, the only that I haven't enjoyed so far is surfacing, but it's on my re-read list. I'm determined to like it!
I also love The Blind Assassin, The Penelopiad, and Moral Disorder. My sister and I have fond memories of Lady Oracle. I'm embarrassed to say I taught Surfacing to Grade 12 English students in the late 80s and early 90s, probably 'ruining' Atwood for them forever!
Will someone out there tell me why I should give Oryx and Crake another go? I haven't been able to get past the first few pages. I read The Handmaid's Tale when I was pregant and THAT was a big mistake! I could never look at it again without feeling nauseated.
I also really like her poetry collections. It's interesting to see how an image (like the bridge and ravine in Cat's Eye) first appeared in a poem.
Handmaid's Tale-you always love your first, I guess. This one has always spoken to me and I love the story.
Cat's Eye-This novel showed me Atwood at what I think is her strongest, when she's describing what's happening in a normal, every-day life.
Oryx and Crake-This was the other side of the dystopia coin for me, opposite HT. I majored in biology as an undergrad, so I loved the biotech aspects, too.