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The Tentby Margaret Atwood
Synopses & Reviews
Margaret Atwood is one of the world’s most esteemed authors, a writer of wide range—novels, stories, essays, criticism. She now brings readers a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays punctuated with her own wonderful illustrations. Chilling and witty, these highly imaginative, Atwoodian pieces speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.
Herein Atwood gives a sly pep talk to the ambitious young; writes about the disconcerting experience of looking at old photos of ourselves; gives us Horatio's real views on Hamlet; and examines the boons and banes of orphanhood. “Bring Back Mom: An Invocation” explores what life was really like for the “perfect” homemakers of days gone by, and in “The Animals Reject Their Names,” she runs history backward, with surprising results.
Prescient and personal, delectable and tart, The Tent is vintage Atwood.
Margaret Atwood's books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She is the
A new collection of essays by the author of The Handmaid's Tale encompasses a wide range of topics and literary forms, including parodies, playlets, monologues, and meditations, as she deals with such topics as the relationships between men and women, the fleeting thrills of youth and fame, memories, and orphanhood, among others. Reprint.
A delightfully pointed m?lange of fictional pieces from one of the world’s most acclaimed and incisive authors, The Tent is a sparkling addition to Margaret Atwood’s always masterful work.
Here Atwood pushes form once again, with meditations on warlords, pet heaven, and aging homemakers. She gives a sly pep talk to the ambitious young; writes about the disconcerting experience of looking at old photos of ourselves; and examines the boons and banes of orphanhood. Accompanied by her own playful illustrations, Atwood’s droll humor and keen insight make each piece full of clarity and grace. Prescient and personal, delectable and tart, The Tent reflects one of our wittiest authors at her best.
About the Author
MARGARET ATWOOD’s books have been published in more than thirty-five countries. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye were shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Blind Assassin was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000; Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; her most recent novel, Oryx and Crak,e was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Orange Prize. Atwood was the 2005 recipient of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Enlightenment Award, a unique accolade to mark a distinguished contribution to world literature and thought. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Table of Contents
Life stories — Clothing dreams — Bottle — Impenetrable forest — Encouraging the young — Voice — No more photos — Orphan stories — Gateway — Bottle II — Winter's tales — It's not easy being half-divine — Salome was a dancer — Plots for exotics — Resources of the Ikarians — Our cat enters heaven — Chicken Little goes too far — Thylacine ragout — The animals reject their names and things return to their origins — Three novels I won't write soon — Take charge — Post-colonial — Heritage house — Bring back mom: an invocation — Horatio's version — King Log in exile — Faster — Eating the birds — Something has happened — Nightingale — Warlords — The tent — Time folds — Tree baby — But it could still.
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