I am no longer an Atwood virgin, I have officially finished my first Atwood book.
I liked the historical background.
The woman can write a story...frankly it went on a little long....and she is given to, shall I really say what I think? Yes, I think I shall.
She shows off.
(so shoot me, it's what I think)
There are sections of the book where she gets intolerably writerly....and I do have to admire them, but I fall right out of the story.
With a thud.
To my mind that is a touch of hubris at the expense of a good story, and if you are writing fiction, writing a good story seems an important component.
I have officially read an Atwood and a half, and I am full now.