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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

Cat's Eye (original 1988; edition 2009)

by Margaret Atwood (Author)

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It is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to the city of her youth for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.… (more)
Title:Cat's Eye
Authors:Margaret Atwood (Author)
Info:Virago (1990), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood (1988)


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Was kind of a slog, because I often found it hard to care about the characters. But it was v v well written, in terms of the imagery and the evocative literary metaphors and mood. ( )
  IridescenceDeep | Jun 28, 2020 |
Lovely prose, dull story. Very slow until about the last 70 pages. ( )
  francesanngray | May 2, 2020 |
This review says everything I possibly could, about this amazing novel. If you haven't read this novel yet, please do. I give it five stars, and highly recommend it to everyone adult-aged.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/698806439?book_show_action=true&from_r... ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Well written. Not much happening. Lots of inside thoughts ( )
  kakadoo202 | Apr 12, 2020 |
When middle aged artist Elaine Risley goes back to her childhood home of Toronto for an exhibition of her work,, the memories come flooding back. Recollections of home and the regular environmental trips out with her entomologist father, and also of school, and the very ambiguous relationship of her nine year old self with one-time friends who become bullies.
This is incredibly convincing writing, the nuances of the children's games are so vivid, and still echo in the mind of the potagonist decades on... Couldnt put it down. ( )
  starbox | Mar 12, 2020 |
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When the Tukanas cut off her head, the old woman collected her own blood in her hands and blew it towards the sun. "My soul enters you, too!" she shouted. Since then anyone who kills receives in his body, without wanting or knowing it, the soul of his victim.
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Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.
An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.
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Controversial painter Elaine Risley vividly reflects on her childhood and teenage years. Her strongest memories are of Cordelia, who was the leader of a trio of girls who were both very cruel and very kind to young Elaine, in ways that tint Elaine's perceptions of relationships and her world—not to mention her art—into the character's middle years. The novel unfolds in Canada of the mid-20th century, from World War II to the late 1980s, and includes a look at many of the cultural elements of that time period, including feminism and various modern art movements.
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