Janet McPherson, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by Janet McPherson)
My favorite book by Margaret Atwood. Her insights about the realtionships girls have with other girls while growing up are so accurate. Along with To Kill a Mockingbird, one of those books I have read several times and never get tired of.
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carver, October 9, 2009 (view all comments by carver)
I have vastly enjoyed every book Margaret Atwood has ever written. However Cat's Eye was also nostalgic for me because I was born the same year Margaret Atwood was born. Even though she is from Canada and I from Oklahoma it was amazing to me how much our childhood's seemed the same. This book is absolutely true for curly haired girls born in 1939!
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lisa_emily, September 29, 2009 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
I read this book twice with ten years in between readings; it was just as powerful the second time around. The main theme of the story is centered on time: how a woman's perspective shifts as she moves through, and re-experiences time, and how she lives in multiple times. This sounds like a complex subject, and psychologically it can be, but Atwood creates a plot that is very human. I remember crying during the first read, I was surprised how much I cried again during the second read. Yet, the story is not written with a heavy emotional hand; at its simplest, it is a story of how a child becomes an adult. Yet, Atwood captures the everyday tragedy that happens on this path, the revelations that horrify, and the losses one endures.
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This is my favorite out of all Margaret Atwood's books. It tells the story so convincingly of the cruelty and competition between young girls as viewed by the now older narrator Elaine. Complex and disturbing, Cat's Eye is a momentous book from one of Canada's most talented and provocative writers.
"The best book in a long time on female friendships... Cat's Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom."
by Boston Sunday Globe,
"A brilliant, three-dimensional mosaic...the story of Elaine's childhood is so real and heartbreaking you want to stand up in your seat and cheer."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Stunning...Atwood conceives Elaine with a poet's transforming fire; and delivers her to us that way, a flame inside an icicle."
Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eye is a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life.
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