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1001 Group Read-March: Cat's Eye

1001 Books to read before you die

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1george1295
Mar 1, 2012, 10:06am Top

I actually started reading Cat's Eye about a week ago. I couldn't wait to get started and I have not been disappointed. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this book as well.

Be watching for the April-May Group Read post which will be up in a few days. Be thinking about some books you want to nominate for those two month's group read.

2aliciamay
Mar 1, 2012, 12:46pm Top

I have started reading this already too, but I haven't gotten very far (not the book's fault, I just haven't had much time). I am hoping to have some time this weekend to find out how she makes it through childhood.

3japaul22
Mar 2, 2012, 8:31am Top

I'm interested in reading this, but it will depend on how fast the hold line moves at my library. If I get it in March, I'll join you. I've read The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin by Atwood and loved both of them, so I'm looking forward to this one!

4japaul22
Mar 7, 2012, 9:44am Top

I've just started Cat's Eye. I've only read a few chapters, but I'm already very interested in where the book is going. Looking forward to everyone's thoughts!

5george1295
Mar 9, 2012, 8:51am Top

I finished it last night. I give it 4 stars. This is a great tale of how our formative years are influenced by those who shake us, break us and make us. Many of the lines were almost poetical and certainly philosophical. I have not read much Atwood, but I would think this is Atwood at her best. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to have read this one. Think I'll go buy a jar of old marbles.

6joeinma
Mar 13, 2012, 1:24pm Top

Picked Cat's Eye up at the library the other day, but have not started it yet. Just realize this is one of the books that was removed from the first version of the 1001 list when I went to mark it TBR on the spreadsheet.

7annamorphic
Mar 15, 2012, 11:03pm Top

I'm glad to read some good reviews of it. I've read 60 pages and am having this "so what" feeling. The point here is not as clear as in the other Atwoods I've read.

8bucketyell
Mar 16, 2012, 12:51pm Top

7 - I read it years ago and remember it not being my favourite Atwood. I am actually curious to re-read it and see if my opinion has changed.

9japaul22
Mar 16, 2012, 1:16pm Top

I'm about half way through Cat's Eye. I'm enjoying it, but finding it so disturbing as it's making me remember my own experiences with how mean girls can be to each other, particularly in elementary school. I won't make a final judgment til the end, but I do think I liked Atwood's other books that I've read a little better (although, I'm quibbling between 4 and 5 star reads).

I'm wondering if any of this is autobiographical. Did anyone look into that?

10joeinma
Mar 22, 2012, 2:20pm Top

Finished Cat's Eye last night.

11jillbone
Mar 22, 2012, 2:29pm Top

Finally starting Cat's Eye today.

12annamorphic
Mar 27, 2012, 11:03am Top

Finished! This turned out to be a very interesting book and I wished that I didn't have to move so fast through the last few chapters -- I wanted to leave my copy with a psychiatrist friend, so she could read it!
I would even like to reread this book some time. Now that I understand why all the childhood details from the very beginning mattered, I'd like to go back and revisit them. I also like how she becomes this surrealist painter, a feminist in spite of herself, how she actually has no woman friends yet yearns, in some way, to recapture (and repair, rewrite) the relationships with girls from her childhood. I found it all very plausible and sad.

13japaul22
Mar 27, 2012, 12:04pm Top

Interesting thoughts, annamorphic. I also thought that Atwood did a masterful job of exploring one woman's life largely through her relationships with other women. The book made me very uncomfortable (it was all a little too real), but I'm still thinking about it weeks after finishing it.

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