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I enjoy her stories about women more than her dystopia fiction. I particularly liked The Robber bride and Cat's eye and The Blind assassin, but I don't enjoy Oryx and Crake much.
Mine was also The Handmaid's Tale. I was looking for something to read for a Higher English assignment in 5th year, and my lovely English teacher Mr Feeney recommended Atwood's work to me. He even loaned me his own copy of the book. I'm eternally grateful to him because I don't think I'd have started exploring other literature if it hadn't been for taking a chance on an unknown author.
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I'm also new here. My first one was The Handmaid's Tale. It was my tutor's attempt to make me read contemporary fiction because at the time I considered anything written past 1920 as too modern. It started a lifelong addiction that is now turning into an academic one.
Despite this, I have enjoyed many of Atwood's other works. I think I read Dancing Girls next, and after that read everything. As with others who have posted here, my favourite is The Robber Bride. Biting, truthful satire. Although much of it is not to my personal taste, Atwood's poetry is (was?) truly exceptional.
Silly me... and I've been hooked ever since. I've also found collecting her books to be both challenging and rewarding. I have first editions of both Life Before Man and The Robber Bride.
I'm always on the look out for more as well ;)
I'm afraid I've hoarded hardcover copies of The Handmaid's Tale...I think I have four now (I can't help buying them when I see them...).
Since then, I've been collecting Atwood's books, and I went on to write a paper for a masteral Lit class on The Handmaid's Tale -- and making a good grade too! =)
Many years passed, and I tried The Handmaid's Tale, but gave it up -- so distressing, scary even. Some more years, and I read Oryx and Crake. I really liked it. Then Alias Grace. Marvelous! Now The Blind Assassin. Amazing! I love this writer! Why did it take me so long to realize it? I am starting over at the beginning! I am reading it all! Perhaps this is finally my Atwood time.
For some reason her books never made my to-read list until my book club read Oryx and Crake. I liked it right from the first page, and haven't looked back. Eventually I would like to read all her books.
The HT sat on my bookshelf for a year before I actually picked it up (for some reason I just didn't like the look of it) and I then literally couldn't put it down, and sat up until 7am reading it with my boyfriend occasionally pinching me and muttering "put the ****ing light out!".
Since then I've read every one of her novels. What I like about her work is that it is so complex and there are so many layers of understanding that you can go back and re-read them a few months later and always hit on something new you didn't notice the first time round - eases the pain of waiting for a new one to come out!
I have The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace on my bookshelves, waiting to be read.
Looking forward to reading more Atwood!