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BLUEBEARD'S EGG (original 1983; edition 1994)


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Info:VIRAGO PRESS (1994), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 288 pages
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Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood (1983)



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1. Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother - The narrator reminisces about the stories her mother used to tell about her own childhood between the wars. The mother is a wonderful storyteller but even though the stories are told dramatically and humorously I noticed that each one was really in some way unpleasant. There is talk of what life was like back then when men were men and women were ladies. There is some deeper significance to this that I won't go into. Overall, a very engaging historical fiction. (5/5)

2. Hurricane Hazel - No time is given but it felt like fifties to me here as the narrator describes the year she was 14 and had her first boyfriend, a 17yo mechanic. She doesn't have any feelings for him or dating in particular, but does all the things tat se feels are expected of her at this stage of her life. It is an innocent relationsip that the rather mediocre boy feels will eventually lead to permanence but our narrator never sees it as being anything more that a way to spend her time. A well-written tale, I enjoyed reading with an always rather morose feeling hanging over it. (5/5)

3. Loulou; or, The Domestic Life of the Language - This is a character study of a woman of undetermined age, possibly 40, still good looking in a muscular, earthy way. She is a potter and lives in a cottage with five men: her ex-husband, three ex-lovers, and her curre t husband; all of them poets. Alot of word play goes on amongst this group of people but Lolou does start to wonder if she needs to move on and experiments with this when she hires a local village man to be her accountant. I think Loulou strings the men along, got what she wanted from them but was not scheming in anyway; there was some innocence in her subduction. An interesting peek inside a strange family unit. (4/5)

4. Uglypuss -
  ElizaJane | Mar 1, 2015 |
I read the Handmaid's tale years ago and found it astounding. So I was disappointed with these dull slice-of-life short stories, full of sad characters. Just finished it, and most of the tales are forgotten already.
I presume Atwood's huge reputation wasn't based on these. ( )
1 vote LARA335 | Apr 30, 2014 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
As always, I enjoy Atwood's writing, and this short story is no exception. There were stories I didn't like at all, some I found to be boring, but overall a well done collection of short fiction. And a good choice read from some of her earlier work. With short stories, you like some, you dislike others and this is no exception. Some of the stories didn't engage me, especially compared to some of the other works I've read by here, but she never fails at digging deep under the psyche and most inner emotions, characteristics and thoughts of her characters. Which is part of why I love Atwood's work so much, she digs deep and dirty into her characters, they are very flawed people, most of the time are morally grey as well. Uglypuss was a well written story, but I wanted to throttle the one character at the end. Poor Uglypuss!

The quality of writing is wonderful, Atwood is truly a master short story writer, who easily creates an entire story, in a short amount of time, giving the reader enough to get the whole story. I particularly enjoyed Bluebeard's Egg and Sunrise. Salt garden was also a good story to read.

Overall, a good collection of short stories, from one of my favourite authors.

Also on my book review blog Jules' Book Reviews - Bluebeard's Egg ( )
  bookwormjules | Nov 6, 2011 |
I normally love Margaret Atwood's novels so I was looking forward to this book but I found myself slightly disappointed.

This is a collection of short stories by Atwood, some are autobiographical and I think these were the ones I enjoyed the most.

The rest were well written but often ended abruptly and left me feeling clueless about what that particular story was about. I don't know whether I just don't like the short story format or whether these were too literary for me but I was left feeling like Atwood was trying to make some point that I just wasn't getting.

I felt quite dim which is not a feeling I enjoy! ( )
1 vote souloftherose | Apr 11, 2010 |
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Book description
A collection of short stories that are both funny and frightening, very realistically drawn from every day life.

Contents: Indhold: Significant moments in the life of my mother --
Hurricane Hazel --
Loulou or The domestic life of the language --
Uglypuss --
Two stories about Emma (The whirlpool rapids --
Walking on water) --
Bluebeard's egg --
Spring song of the frogs --
Scarlet Ibis --
The salt garden --
In search of the rattlesnake plantain --
The sunrise --
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385491042, Paperback)

By turns humorous and warm, stark and frightening, Bluebeard'S Egg glows with childhood memories, the reality of parents growing old, and the casual cruelty men and women inflict on each other. Here is the familiar outer world of family summers at remote lakes, winters of political activism, and seasons of exotic friends, mundane lives, and unexpected loves. But here too is the inner world of hidden places and all that emerges from them-the intimately personal, the fantastic, the shockingly real...whether it's what lives in a mysterious locked room or the secret feelings we all conceal. In this dramatic and far-ranging collection, Margaret Atwood proves why she is a true master of the genre.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:49 -0400)

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A collection of short stories that concern themselves with relationships of various sorts, by turns humorous and warm, as well as stark and frightening.

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