Thursday, February 28
Book Review: Lady Oracle
Author: Margaret Atwood
Summary: Joan Foster is a secret writer of Gothic Romances. When her outrageously feminist book, Lady Oracle, becomes a bestseller, everything in her life changes.
To escape her deteriorating marriage, her affair with an artist, and the criminal urges of a fan, Joan embarks on an act that at once her most daring and creative: she fakes her own death and begins a new life.
With a much-needed respite from her life, Joan Foster begins to examine it - in this compelling, ironic, and touching novel by Margaret Atwood, one of today’s most acclaimed authors.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I found myself to be completely fascinated this novel, particularly they main character Joan, who made the novel one that I could sit and read for hours - and it is up there with some of my favourite works by the author.
The plot was well done, and although I did like aspects of the story within the story, I found that was the one aspect of the novel that bothered me the most - although there were parallels to both plot threads, I found it to be slightly disruptive. I do think Atwood did a good job at creating and connecting the story within a story and the main plot together. It was done well - it's just not my cup of tea.
What I did enjoy was Joan. She was a very intriguing character, and being able to be inside her head, made for a fantastic read. I could never figure her out, whether she was eccentric, a little bit crazy or a combination of the two. But, she's up there with some of my more memorable character. I can't say she's a character a reader can love or connect to, but she does stick with you. Which is what Atwood does best, write these incredibly memorable characters. They're all well rounded, developed and quite complex characters, and I almost always seem to enjoy reading about them. I found I liked learning about Joan's past, more than what was happening in the present - how she got to where she is and why. Although you're never entirely certain of the why, I found it fascinating.
The writing was also top notch. I generally prefer Atwood's later works, but this seems to be an exception. She did a fantastic job at writing an engaging narrative and at writing Joan's voice.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's up there with some of my favourite works by the author. It's not for everyone I admit, but this may be a good book to look at for those who haven't experienced the author.
What to read next: Alias Grace
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Mount TBR Challenge