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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"A rich, subtle, deep, delicate, nourishing book. It's all joy, but it stays with you. She has things to tell us". — The Philadelphia Inquirer<P>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, 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.<P>"A wonderfully unpretentious comic romp...a fine novel: inventive...funny, and a pleasure to read. — Mordechai Richler<P>"A very funny novel, lightly told with wry detachment and considerable art". — the Washington Post Book World<P>"Funny, poignant, and briskly energetic". — Newsweek

Review:

"Automatic writing, costume Gothic romances, a John Stonehouse (staging one's own death while disappearing abroad), daubs of spiritualism, a rich fantasy life, and especially obesity recollected as atrocity add layers to a novel which is essentially shallow but delightfully entertaining and witty. Margaret Atwood, one of Canada's best and best-known novelists and poets, returns in Lady Oracle to the realism of her first novel, Edible Woman. Women's relation to food may come to be regarded as a sub-theme in her work, as her heroines' extremes of gluttony and anorexia are seen as protective if neurotic reactions to their untenable life situations. But seekers for symbolism and significance beneath the impasto of amusing satire will inevitably be frustrated here. 'The Scarlet Pimpernel,' she says to herself, 'does not have time for meaningful in-depth relationships.'" Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385491082
Author:
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Women authors -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.95x5.22x.84 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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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