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Cat's Eye (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Margaret Atwood

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Title:Cat's Eye
Authors:Margaret Atwood
Info:Seal (1989), Edition: Seal ed, Mass Market Paperback
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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood (1988)

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Many of the reviewers here have rated this their favorite Atwood novel, and I would have to agree. I read it years ago, but remember wincing through the scenes of girlhood cruelty. They really brought childhood back to me. Love to reread this sometime. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Feb 11, 2016 |
Not my favourite Atwood novel, but still, she can do no wrong. A vivid and compelling insight into chldhood bullying. ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
So much better than the last book. Took a little while to get into, but it was great by the end! ( )
  uhohxkate | Jan 31, 2016 |
Cat's Eye Margaret Atwood
★★★★
This the story of Elaine a commercially successful artist who has returned to her home town of Toronto for her own show.
While she is now a confident adult the return home triggers her memories of her school days and in particular her best friend Cordelia.
This is a story about growing up and about how tough school can be for those who are not part of the in crowd. The school sections despite the reader knowing that things turn out alright in the end are extremely sinister and it was with a sigh of relief that I got to the part in the narrative where past and present met. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
A portrait of the artist, and for me a very convincing picture. Be patient, for the resolution of the whole story comes near the end, as we see how the main character has used her art to come to terms with the strange events of her life. Perhaps not as gripping and intense as 'The Robber Bride', but typical to Margaret Atwood,'Cat's Eye' is incisive, witty, probing, honest, poignant, and beautifully written. I suspect there is quite a bit of autobiography in there and I believe many people will see something of themselves in Elaine's life. Brilliant as always! ( )
  Estramir | Sep 3, 2015 |
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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.
—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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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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