The Atwood 2007 Challenge


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The Atwood 2007 Challenge

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nov 21, 2006, 12:05 pm

It can be difficult to keep up with everything that Margaret Atwood is producing these days - at least for those of us who attempt to. And she has a rather large oeuvre...

Consider this thread a spot to declare one's personal challenge to read further or differently or deeper into her work; to reread something read ages ago; or to read something you've been meaning to get to... Declare it here and keep us posted. No pressure, no real timetable, no Atwood literary police will visit your home if you fail...

I, personally, would like to challenge myself to reread at least one of her earlier novels, written sometime prior to the mid-1980s. Title to be announced.

nov 21, 2006, 12:53 pm

I'm going to make Lady Oracle my next fiction read. I have a PB for bookcrossing. I'll read it and release it.

nov 29, 2006, 8:51 am

Hey, nobody else has visited this thread!

I am about a third through Lady Oracle and I am really enjoying it. Much like The Blind Assassin, there are many stories and I sometimes forget that scenes I remember are from the same book. That phenomenon always makes me feel I've had a rich reading experience, like getting extra quantity and quality for your buck!

nov 30, 2006, 1:54 pm

I have read very little of her poetry, so my challenge will be to remedy that deficiency.

Any suggestions for the best place to start?

dec 3, 2006, 3:28 pm

If you know the Canadian pioneer writings of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill then you will probably enjoy Atwood's The journals of Susanna Moodie, a book of poetry with beautiful ink illustrations by Charles Pachter. Atwood reflects on the isolation and hardship Moodie experienced, and imagines her thoughts with a modern and typically Atwood anger and humour. Very good.
The touchstone is leading to the wrong edition of the book - if you search you'll find the ordinary paperback copy shared by 84 other LT readers.

dec 3, 2006, 3:42 pm

Thanks tripleblessings! I think I may have seen a copy of that in my local used book shop. I'll have to stop in and look tomorrow.

dec 3, 2006, 4:31 pm

Whoops, there's been some improper title combining. I clicked on the title for The journals of Susanna Moodie in your library tripleblessing, and that took me to the work page for Writing with intent : essays, reviews, personal prose, 1983-2005

Someone who owns one or the other of these titles might like to have the pleasure of clicking separate

8derrickh Första inlägget
dec 3, 2006, 9:24 pm

I read Lady Oracle in spring 2005 and remember enjoying it, but I can't recall a thing about it. My mind keeps confusing it with Catherine Bush's The Rules of Engagement, which followed a similar structure.

for me, the task will be to tackle Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride, both of which I have but have not yet read.

9earlgreyrooibos Första inlägget
dec 14, 2006, 11:38 am

I'm going to read Cat's Eye as well; I bought a used copy back in OCTOBER and haven't gotten around to it yet . . . well, that's what you get for being in grad school, and having little time to read anything other than what you have to do for class.

dec 14, 2006, 11:38 am

I'm going to read Cat's Eye as well; I bought a used copy back in OCTOBER and haven't gotten around to it yet . . . well, that's what you get for being in grad school, and having little time to read anything other than what you have to do for class.

dec 26, 2006, 3:42 pm

kathrynnd, I have both titles; can you explain to me about the "separate"?

dec 27, 2006, 1:44 am

>separating titles

Hi Avaland, it's simple. Look at the Margaret Atwood author page. At the top of the list of books where you see Books by Margaret Atwood (combine/separate works), click on the (combine/separate works) and you will be taken to another page where all the Margaret Atwood works are listed in alphabetic order. This is a great page just for looking for Atwood's books btw. You will see that the works The journals of Susanna Moodie and Writing with intent : essays, reviews, personal prose, 1983-2005 are fine now, at least they were when I went to look just now. The slightly different titles versions, editions, and translations all belong under the work titles. If you ever find a stray, you click on (separate) at the end of the line, and its will be removed from that work.

Look though, at the LT work for Wilderness Tips. Someone has combined the title of one of the short stories with the book. That is plain wrong. I've left this together for the time being, so that you can have a chance to see this, and hope others will do the same.

Look also at the works Cat's Eye. There is large group of Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood and a single copy of Cat's Eye entered in LT as by Atwood, Margaret. These should be together as one work. To combine these, click the box to the left of each work to be combined, then go to the top ( or the bottom ) of the page and click the 'combine' button. You will get a query back, do you wish to combine, with the titles so you have a chance to change your mind if you've made a mistake.

dec 27, 2006, 11:48 am

thanks! I knew I had seen the combine/separate somewhere but couldn't remember where... Still, that is a fascinating list to see (I left everything as is in case someone else would like to take a look).

aug 28, 2007, 10:33 am

Although I have yet to get to one of Atwood's earlier novels, I have acquired and read one of her earlier poetry collections, Power Politics. So many books...