Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

eBook - 1989
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Publisher: Toronto : McClelland-Bantam, 1989, c1988
Edition: Seal ed
Characteristics: 445 p. ; 18 cm

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mini_moon_pie
Jun 17, 2019

I thought the ending might bring it all together, I really did, which is why I kept reading this monster tome — 462 pages with almost no dialogue. There were excellent elements: the cat’s eye marble she saves as a girl, the bullying, the painting, the knowledge that mothers can’t always help their daughters, the entomology, female friendships among middle-age women, Elaine’s brother’s theories about multiple time streams happening at the same time. But no. It’s just a table covered in puzzle pieces and someone lost the box with the picture, so it’s impossible to put together into a cohesive image.

If you want to get into Atwood, I’d recommend The MaddAddam trilogy, or at least the first book, Oryx & Crake.

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jr3083
Jun 01, 2016

A young girl grows up in post-WWII Toronto, bullied by girls who profess to be her friend. The experience follows her for the rest of her life. It's an insightful exploration of power and bullying with what I suspect are strong autobiographical elements in capturing setting and milieu. See my full review at :
https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/cats-eye-by-margaret-atwood/

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spacecat
May 21, 2014

Bullying is the topic of the moment, and in 2014 it is remarked upon in the newspapers regularly, Well, when Margaret Atwood wrote this book nobody talked much about bullying, and there was no anti-bullying curriculum for teachers, or bully-free zones in schools.
Atwood has, I think, captured the nuances of girls who bully, very well. I found the book uncomfortable to read.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

I read this immediately after reading "Alias Grace." It's not as good as Alias Grace, but is quite an interesting book about the relationship between females. This book has been said to have been semi-autobiographical.

Goober1950 Aug 07, 2011

First of Atwoods books read by me. Am looking forward to the next

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Japanda
Sep 16, 2007

About a girl/woman who is never truly happy in life. This is not just her attitude, more the author's. In this book the world is never a clean and comfortable place.

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Japanda
Sep 16, 2007

the main character grows up but the book stays mostly with her childhood and the "friends" she had their that continue to appear in her later life.

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

I've forgotten about these things all winter, but here they are again, and when I see them I remember them, I know them, I greet them as if they are home.

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