Monday, October 5, 2009

Alias Grace


I am no longer an Atwood virgin, I have officially finished my first Atwood book.

Let's see.

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.



She said...

She's speaking at UCLA this weekend. I bought a ticket, but then got invited to go to Chicago for my birthday where I'm meeting two bloggers. So I had to give my ticket away! Oh well! I wish I could give it to you!

mmichele said...

I always find her a little snobby and show-offy in interviews, as well.

Beth said...

I’m an Atwood fan but you chose some pretty high-falutin’ ones of hers to read. I admire your perseverance.
With your tummy now FULL of that particular meal, it’s time to go on to some books more to your liking and taste!

J.G. said...

Good for you. I don't like it when I see the writer doing writerly things, either.

And now you know more about what you don't like!

Beth said...

Wow! An adult Canadian that hadn't read Atwood? I didn't think that was ALLOWED.

And, yeah- she's not everyones cup of tea. I liked "Handmaid's Tale" as I'm such a sci-fi fan, but other than that, I haven't had major love for her work. Too fancy-schmancy for me.

oreneta said...

I have heard her talk, not in person, but you can't live in TO for any length of time without hearing/seeing something. You aren't missing all that much.

Mmichele, yup.

Beth, got a good one going now.....

JG, indeed, I can say no thank you without a worry.

Beth, why why why do you think I was reading the thing....they were threatening to take my passport away for unpatriotic activities, or inactivites.