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Like Stonehenge

Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005 by Margaret Atwood

Reviewed by Alexis Smith

"There aren't many writers of the late twentieth century who have won the kind of critical and popular respect Margaret Atwood has. John Updike comes to mind, and Philip Roth, for different reasons. Toni Morrison's novels have certainly been compared to Atwood's. Other British and Canadian women come close: Alice Munro, A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter. But Atwood's reputation for intelligent, distinctive prose and poetry has spread farther and wider than other writers of her generation. If one tries to find a comparable literary figure in history, Virginia Woolf comes to mind immediately. Years from now, when readers look back at Margaret Atwood's writing, Writing with Intent will be a seminal text, read alongside her novels for further insight into her methods, her life, and her perspective on the political and cultural events of her time." Read the entire review.

4 Responses to "Like Stonehenge"

    Robert Gagnon June 17th, 2006 at 5:39 am

    Sorry to nitpick about words but the reviewer uses the phrase "immanently readable". I guess her 'intent' was to say "imminently readable" which seems to me to work better.

    Immanent means within in most dictionaries.

    Bev Agee June 18th, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    I thought Alexis Smith's review was excellent. I happen to be a fan of Margaret Atwood's and appreciate this perceptive and well-written review. It certainly makes me want to read this book.

    bears June 19th, 2006 at 10:14 am

    I thought she probably meant "eminently readable" but maybe she intended a variation on that cliche...???

    James Brian June 21st, 2006 at 9:44 am

    "Eminently" is the usual chromo...perhaps a case of spellchecker disease?

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