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Lady Oracle (1976)

por Margaret Atwood

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Joan Foster is the bored wife of a myopic ban-the-bomber. She takes off overnight as Canada's new superpoet, pens lurid gothics on the sly, attracts a blackmailing reporter, skids cheerfully in and out of menacing plots, hair-raising traps, and passionate trysts, and lands dead and well in Terremoto, Italy. In this remarkable, poetic, and magical novel, Margaret Atwood proves yet again why she is considered to be one of the most important and accomplished writers of our time.… (mais)
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An irresistibly compelling storyline, with poignant flashbacks into the past - a girl growing up in a disturbing household, with a domineering mother and aloof father, making her turn to food for escape and all the nasty experiences that go with it - and then the unexpected and well-desired actual escape to a new life, first abroad, then back in Canada, a change of identity, dealing with weird acquaintances/partners, finding love (or resemblance of it), discovering a talent she didn't know she had, and then another, forced, escape... all this with a master touch of an accomplished author (even at the start of her novel writing!), a quality that makes you want to read on and on, enjoying the flow of the narration, with unexpected twists and turns, to the utmost. My only mini-grudge is with the ending, I wanted it more explicit. But otherwise, quite a read... and quite an imagination! ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Jun 2, 2023 |
Published in 1976, this book is Margaret Atwood’s third novel. It follows Joan Foster, a woman who has fled to Italy, looking back on her life. She was born in Canada to an overbearing mother and absent father. Her beautiful perfectionistic mother is disappointed in her daughter, and constantly criticizes her. Joan copes by overeating, leading to body image issues and depression. Joan’s childhood difficulties are brought to bear on her romantic relationships. She looks for an escape and eventually finds an outlet by writing “costume romances.”

It reflects upon women’s issues, such as the role of women in society and the over-emphasis on beauty. Joan hides her dysfunctional past behind a layer of lies and elaborate deceptions, leading to deep unhappiness of her own making. Joan is a master of avoidance, refusing to admit the real cause of her problems. She ends up in a vicious cycle of denial and victimhood. The overall themes are being true to oneself and confronting childhood traumas, though these ideas lie between the lines.

Toward the end, Joan’s life becomes as outlandish as one of her costume romances. I preferred the first two-thirds. The last third contains quite a lot of satire, and the ending is over-the-top. But overall, I have to admire the creative and bold attempt to mirror Joan’s novels in her life. I did not quite figure this out until I was finished reading it. I think I would have appreciated it more if I had known ahead of time. Hence, I am including it in my review. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
Joan Foster is not dead, but she has contrived to make everyone believe that she is, so that she can escape the complications of her marriage and life. It is Atwood in a flippant and comical mood, with a great deal of fun but not as much substance as you generally expect of her.

If you have ever wanted to disappear and start over, have no one know anything about you, and do it all right the next time around, you will understand Joan. She has had an unusual childhood, with an oppressive mother and all but absent father. She has transformed from an obese girl to a thin, beautiful woman (but as with so many, the "fat" girl is alive inside her and whispers in her ear at the worst of times). Joan reinvents herself time and again until she arrives at the extreme of faking her death. She deals with this ultimate separation much as I think any of us would. Much of what she is running from is still with her in exile and she finds the loneliness and lack of identity not exactly what she had pictured.

I had read this book before, back in the 1990s. I remembered little of it, but I think being so much younger and at a different life stage than the one I am at now made it more relatable back then. I am downgrading it from the original 4-stars to a 3-star rating, not because it is not a good read, it is just not on the same level with the Atwood novels that followed and shook my world. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Not my favourite and so many years since I read it there were only a very few pages I had any memory of. Still a really interesting read and mixes so many different genre styles and themes, covert as well as overt! I read this really quickly so I obviously found it hard to put down. However at bottom pretty bleak despite the laughs although the protagonist is still pretty young at the end (I think) and a better future is still open. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
A wild but readable story of a woman and the multiple lives she leads. I'm not sure the body depictions are what we'd consider culturally acceptable (potential fat-shamibg?), so that's my content warning. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Atwoodové román se odehrává v druhé polovině 20. století a politicky odráží zejména existenci západních levicových hnutí. Sama Atwoodová se aktivně hlásí k levici a patří k propagátorům ekologického života. V očích Joan jde ale o bezzubé bojůvky, kterým přes velkolepé ideály chybí konkrétní cíl i prostředky.
 
Bohatý děj doplňuje neodolatelný atwoodovský humor a samozřejmě i ironický feminismus. Její hrdinka se sice motá v začarovaném kruhu, své konání ale reflektuje s dokonalým odstupem: Joan se snaží řídit svůj vlastní život jako život svých romantických románových hrdinek, ale vůbec se jí to nedaří, život se jí vymyká z rukou. Každá další maska je jen komplikací, z níž už není cesty zpět. Snad jen ta schopnost nadhledu ji ještě drží nad vodou. A že se nedočkáme laciného happyendu, jaký by nechyběl v Joaniných románcích, či naopak nějaké konečné tragédie, je nasnadě.
adicionada por _eskarina | editarIliteratura.cz, Milan Valden (Jan 25, 2010)
 
Které já však v závěru vítězí, není vůbec jasné. Joan se v Itálii místo pocitu osvobození zmocní paranoia a fikce se životem se jí promíchá natolik, že ve snaze uchopit život do vlastních rukou praští flaškou naprosto nevinného chlápka.
adicionada por _eskarina | editarIdnes.cz, Hana Ulmanová (Dec 28, 2009)
 
Obgleich manche Passagen allzu sehr ausgewalzt werden, so ist der Roman doch durchweg amüsant und stellenweise auch grotesk: er liest sich mitunter wie eine Parodie auf unsere Zeit. Unverkennbar macht sich die 1939 in Ottawa geborene Schriftstellerin und Literaturkritikerin Margaret Atwood - die "Frankfurter Allgemeine" nannte sie einmal "Kanadas Vorzeigeautorin und Beinahe-Feministin" - über Modeströmungen lustig, über unrealistische Fanatiker und linke Bewegungen, weibliche Wunschvorstellungen, den Literaturbetrieb im allgemeinen und die Machart von Trivialromanen und den Geschmack des Publikums im besonderen. Die einzelnen Figuren zeichnet sie witzig und treffsicher mit hintergründiger Ironie und spitzer Feder, vor allem die Männerwelt wird mit Seitenhieben reichlich bedacht. Humorvoll, zuweilen auch zynisch, hält sie der heutigen Gesellschaft mit ihren Ansichten über Identitäten, ihrer Oberflächlichkeit, Verlogenheit und Sensationsgier einen nicht allzu schmeichelhaften Spiegel vor. Obgleich das Buch schon vor mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten erstmals in Kanada auf dem Buchmarkt erschien, hat es von seiner Aktualität nichts eingebüßt.
adicionada por Indy133 | editarliteraturkritik.de, Ursula Homann (Jun 1, 2000)
 

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Joan Foster is the bored wife of a myopic ban-the-bomber. She takes off overnight as Canada's new superpoet, pens lurid gothics on the sly, attracts a blackmailing reporter, skids cheerfully in and out of menacing plots, hair-raising traps, and passionate trysts, and lands dead and well in Terremoto, Italy. In this remarkable, poetic, and magical novel, Margaret Atwood proves yet again why she is considered to be one of the most important and accomplished writers of our time.

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