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Surfacing (original 1972; edition 1998)

by Margaret Atwood

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Title:Surfacing
Authors:Margaret Atwood
Info:Anchor (1998), Paperback, 208 pages
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Surfacing by Margaret Atwood (1972)

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Surfacing is one of the darkest books I've ever read. Watching the unnamed main character regress from a functioning member of society to a hallucinating animal is both fascinating and horrifying. I absolutely love [a:Margaret Atwood|3472|Margaret Atwood|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1282859073p2/3472.jpg] and I really enjoyed this book.

I just can not get past the almost cheesy happy ending. It felt way to forced to me and did not fit into the style of the book. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
Well, it took until my seventh book by Atwood to finally find one I didn't like. [Surfacing] is the story of a young woman who goes to her father's backwoods cabin with three friends to try to find her father, who is reported missing. The interactions between the two couples and the woman's struggles to keep a grip on reality make up the bulk of the book. Actually, the best part was probably the descriptions of life out in the woods without a lot of gear.

I found that in the last third of the book, the plot moved too quickly into territory I hadn't really been prepared for and found the main character's actions a little unbelievable.

I don't think Atwood could write a bad book, but this one didn't meet the standards I have for her. ( )
  japaul22 | Jun 21, 2015 |
I loved this book, but I can see how not everyone will enjoy it. Describing it as "part detective novel, part psychological thriller" feels like a stretch and doesn't capture the essence of the story. This book is a journey. It's the main character figuring out life. It isn't necessarily the events that take place; it's more about the character's mindset as she tries to put her life together.

Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. The writing is amazing as always with Atwood and the descriptions really get you thinking. The first person narrative has you questioning what is real and the bias of one's own experience. Beautiful, beautiful work. A thought-provoking puzzle that holds you to the end. ( )
  CareBear36 | Apr 8, 2015 |
"Surfacing" is definitely not my favorite by Margaret Atwood. The story overall felt choppy to me -- there were bits that I really liked, but there were also stretches that I just found tedious.

The story centers on a woman who returns to her backwoods home in Quebec after learning her long-ago abandoned father has disappeared. What's real and what is not isn't really well-defined here. By the time I got to the end, I was asking myself "Wait, what just happened?" I didn't feel like there was enough of a lead-up to the ending for it to feel realistic. ( )
  amerynth | Aug 5, 2014 |
There is something to be said about reading a book in which the narrator loses their grip with reality. In Surfacing, the entire book is told from one perspective, and then suddenly the character goes from mildly eccentric/odd...to all out batty. When it happened I had to stop and reread, "Wait," I told myself, "she just did what?"

In effect, Margaret, you got me again.

This was a quick read but a highly interesting one. A woman heads back to her childhood home when she finds out her dad has gone missing. She is joined by her boyfriend and a married couple. We see her thoughts on marriage, children, civilization, Americans, nature and war by the way she reacts to others.

A very good read! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
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Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices.
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Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec.  Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices.  Surfacing is a work permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose.  Here is a rich mine of ideas from an extraordinary writer about contemporary life and nature, families and marriage, and about women fragmented...and becoming whole.

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A woman searching for her missing father travels with her lover and another couple to a remote island in northern Quebec, where they encounter violence and death.

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