Monday, October 31
Book Review: Bluebeard's Egg
Author: Margaret Atwood
Summary: In this acclaimed collection of twelve stories, Margaret Atwood probes th territory of childhood memories and the casual cruelty men and women inflict upon eh other and themselves. She looks behind the familiar world of family summers at remote lakes, ordinary lives, and unexpected loves, and she unearths profound truths. A melancholy, teenage love is swept away by a Canadian hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds; a potter tries to come to terms with the group of poets who so smother her that she is driven into the arms of her accountant; and, in the title story, the Bluebeard legend is retold as an ironic tale of marital deception. Stark and scathing at times, humorous and compassionate at others, Bluebeard's Egg confirms once again Atwood's reputation as the pre-eminent chronicler of our times.
Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother
Loulou; or, The Domestic Life of Language
Spring Song of Frogs
The Salt Garden
The Sin Eater
My Rating: 7.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: As always, I enjoy Atwood's writing, and this short story is no exception. There were stories I didn't like at all, some I found to be boring, but overall a well done collection of short fiction. And a good choice read from some of her earlier work. With short stories, you like some, you dislike others and this is no exception. Some of the stories didn't engage me, especially compared to some of the other works I've read by here, but she never fails at digging deep under the psyche and most inner emotions, characteristics and thoughts of her characters. Which is part of why I love Atwood's work so much, she digs deep and dirty into her characters, they are very flawed people, most of the time are morally grey as well. Uglypuss was a well written story, but I wanted to throttle the one character at the end. Poor Uglypuss!
The quality of writing is wonderful, Atwood is truly a master short story writer, who easily creates an entire story, in a short amount of time, giving the reader enough to get the whole story. I particularly enjoyed Bluebeard's Egg and Sunrise. Salt garden was also a good story to read.
Overall, a good collection of short stories, from one of my favourite authors.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially for fans of short stories of Canadian fiction.
What to read next: If you like short fiction and Canadian fiction, Alice Munro is a good choice
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V