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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
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Cat's Eye (original 1988; edition 2009)

by Margaret Atwood (Author)

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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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Beautifully written like all Atwood's novels, but this is a bit of a slog in parts because it is so heavily detailed that it's hard to tell what's relevant and what's window dressing (literally). I hope this was cathartic for her to write. Not for first-time Atwood readers, but fans may like it. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Apr 17, 2019 |
Mesmerizing like a train wreck! Such a great portrayal of bullying between girls and the repercussions of childhood trauma. ( )
1 vote KLmesoftly | Nov 18, 2018 |
An amazing author and a beautiful book that I didn't like at all. The main character was very well written, so easy to identify and empathize with. However, she was too melancholy in a boring and self-absorbed way. There's an importance in that character but I wanted an escape and this reminded me too much of every other depressed person with Western problems.
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
An amazing author and a beautiful book that I didn't like at all. The main character was very well written, so easy to identify and empathize with. However, she was too melancholy in a boring and self-absorbed way. There's an importance in that character but I wanted an escape and this reminded me too much of every other depressed person with Western problems.
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
A challenging exploration of the life of a woman who ended up with a good life, but faced a lot of challenges to get there. The book covers themes including bullying - including self harm because of the bullying and parents who don't know how to deal with the signs of it, so mostly ignore it - abusive relationships, and even feminism.
  GretchenLynn | Jan 30, 2018 |
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Atwood, Margaretprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blaauw, Gerrit deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcellino, FredCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
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.
—Eduardo Galeano
Memory of Fire: Genesis
Why do we remember the past, and not the future?
—Stephen W. Hawking
A Brief History of Time
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This book is for S.
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Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385491026, Paperback)

Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, 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. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eye is a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life.

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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)

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