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Cat's Eye

Cat s Eye 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 abou

  • Title: Cat's Eye
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN: 9780385491020
  • Page: 410
  • Format: 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 idCat 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, and artist, and 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 knots of her life.

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    About Author

    1. Margaret Atwood says:
      Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman 1970 , The Handmaid s Tale 1983 , The Robber Bride 1994 , Alias Grace 1996 , and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000 Atwood s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003 The Tent mini fictions and Moral Disorder short stories both appeared in 2006 Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007 Her non fiction book, Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009 Ms Atwood s work has been published in than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian In 2004 she co invented the Long Pen TM.Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson Associations Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N Canadian Centre English Speaking from 1984 1986 She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International Ms Atwood is also a current Vice President of PEN International.

    Comment 162 on “Cat's Eye

    1. karen says:
      i know for a fact that books were written and published after this one, but i can t for the life of me understand why.

    2. Lisa says:
      This is the middle of my life, I think of it as a place, like the middle of a river, the middle of a bridge, halfway across, halfway over I m supposed to have accumulated things by now possessions, responsibilities, achievements, experience and wisdom I m supposed to be a person of substance The scary thing is that you stay a child inside that accumulation of life You take your childhood with you when you enter the grown up world, and as much as you try to pretend that you are free and light as [...]

    3. Samadrita says:
      I look at the progression of 5 star ratings by friends mostly women and wonder if it is a womanly weakness to rate a book 5 stars which deconstructs the world from the female perspective Is this visceral urge something to be ashamed of, something you must suppress to show due deference to standards of literary appraisal But then why don t I feel conflicted enough while handing out my 5 stars to those modern masterpieces written mostly by dead, white men All those narrative voices that busy thems [...]

    4. Cecily says:
      What it s about We are survivors of each other We have been shark to one another, but also lifeboat That counts for something The power of abusive friendships and relationships is the theme of this book, though not all the relationships are tainted, so it s not depressing and at times it s quite amusing e.g discerning the mysteries of puberty There is also a fair bit about art and artists, with a dash of early feminism Plot structureElaine is an artist in her late fifties early sixties revisitin [...]

    5. BlackOxford says:
      Pity wanting PainReading Cat s Eye is like watching a film, only with smells, and taste, and touch in addition to cinematic sight and sound Its heroine, Elaine, has all these outward wits which Atwood captures magnificently But, although Elaine is an artist, she has almost nothing of the inward wits of communal sense, imagination, fantasy, estimation or memory.The story is three dimensional the North South dimension of her life with her parents who migrate every year from Toronto to the Laurenti [...]

    6. James says:
      As a relative latecomer to the works of Margaret Atwood this was my fourth book in she continues to impress and engage immensely Cat s Eye has, like The Blind Assassin which it predates by around a decade memory and memories as its central narrative device Both novels have a central protagonist nearer to the end of their days than to the start looking back and confronting the memories from various periods in their earlier lives Ostensibly, that is as far as any similarity goes beyond that the bo [...]

    7. Paquita Maria Sanchez says:
      Margie It s a little tough going to talk about this book, because the description makes it sound so Ya Ya Sisterhood chick lit Girl girl friendships, coming of age, an assembly line presentation of messy sexual relationships, dadurdydurr It s sad that a simple outline of the plot could potentially close off 50% or of the population s interest in reading this book, because unlike her speculative fiction, this is less a plot driven novel reveling in world building, and of a parade of just absolu [...]

    8. Jessica says:
      Another belief of mine that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise Simply put, I worship this book Cat s Eye follows the controversial painter Elaine as she reflects upon her childhood and younger years when she returns to Toronto the city of her youth for a retrospective of her works Her reflections stir up memories of friendship, longing, betrayal, love, hate, and pain Especially haunting are her memories of Cordelia, a childhood friend with whom she had a complex re [...]

    9. Glenn Sumi says:
      The annual Santa Claus Parade trotted and pranced through downtown Toronto a couple of Sundays ago, and while it was going on I thought of Margaret Atwood s Cat s Eye.Although I read the book considered a highlight of Atwood s middle period than two months ago, the image of protagonist Elaine and her frenemies watching the parade from her entomologist father s office at the University of Toronto stuck with me While passing the big boulevard of University Avenue, I even looked up at a couple of [...]

    10. Debbie "DJ" says:
      Nearly impossible to write a review for such a masterful work as this All I can do is write some of my thoughts while reading this It s like a psychological character study It s the feelings that are evoked Everything is full of descriptions, the meaning belongs to the reader Atwood brings me to the brink, then pulls back leaving me with a sense of uneasiness Our lives can only be interpreted by us Which of my own memories have been blocked, or purposely left unremembered only to surface in othe [...]

    11. Jan-Maat says:
      Not a re read Instead I was walking home, today The air was warm, muggy Generally I try and concentrate on my feet This, I say to myself, this is the moment that I am alive Mind though has a tendency to go were it will So instead I remembered this book, which does from time to time nag at me on the edges of my conscious mind, and thought the following.A fine late twentieth century example of the Bildungsroman, thoroughly Wordsworthian the child is the Father of the Man view spoiler well in this [...]

    12. Phrynne says:
      I always enjoy Margaret Atwood s books and this is not an exception In fact this one is quite amazingly interesting It revolves around the memories of the main character, Elaine who recalls her friendships as a young girl It becomes apparent that she was bullied quite severely by her young friends and one of them in particular As the story progresses we find that in the end Elaine escapes from the bullying and eventually even turns the tables The bullied becomes the bully It is a sad story but w [...]

    13. Chrissie says:
      When I was considering whether to read this or not, what flashed through my head was, Do you really want to read a book about bullying I knew this was the book s central theme I thought, What can I learn from this I knew, even before picking up the book, how despicable such behavior is I knew where I stood, so I wondered what could be learned.By reading this book one experiences on an emotional level the cruelty and the fear and anguish bullying inflicts on another The experience becomes excruc [...]

    14. Oriana says:
      There is still a wide eyed teenager living inside me, and this book makes my melty twee little heart break and sing in equal measure When I was 16 and read it for the first time, that was as close to a transcendental experience as I ve ever had Since then, I have re read it roughly twenty thousand times, always whenever I need to just submerge myself in drenching beauty and angst.

    15. Mariel says:
      Cordelia Hey You think I m never lonely because I m so cute and popular I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone It s not like any of them really know me I don t even know if they like me half the time People just want to be in a popular zone Sometimes when I talk, everyone s so busy agreeing with me, they don t hear a word I say.Buffy Well, if you feel so alone, then why do you work so hard at being popular Cordelia Well, it beats being alone all by yourself from Buffy the Vampire [...]

    16. Tracey says:
      Another magnificent read for me from one of my new favorite authors Margaret Atwood She writes in the way I love, with beautiful sentences and paragraphs, filled with metaphors and similes and wonderful descriptions of the landscape and excellent character development, I really loved Elaine our protagonist as a child, I felt protective towards her when maybe she wasn t being protected enoughThe adult Elaine due to events from childhood is a damaged flawed character who looks back on her life alb [...]

    17. Maxwell says:
      I ve yet to be disappointed by any of Margaret Atwood s stories She has such a keen sense of the human experience, a strong skill of observation, and she comments so wonderfully on these insights that I am moved and troubled in reading her works She forces me to think about my individual experience as well as its reflection in light of our connected humanity.Cat s Eye follows Elaine Risley, an elderly woman, famous for her controversial paintings, as she prepares for a retrospective show of her [...]

    18. Maciek says:
      So what do you do when you re a girl and you have this peculiar friend, who is also your worst abuser, but for some reason you hang out with her, go to the same school and all that jazz Why, you become a controversial painter, get involved with some creepy men, and then sort of go on from there Good thing your brother is a semi genius fascinated with spacetime and all its promises, and your dad is this entomologist who travels all over the country with his family We don t want things to be too n [...]

    19. Maria says:
      Elaine, a painter, returns to her childhood city of Toronto to participate in an exhibition in her honor There, she is flooded by childhood memories, especially of her childhood friend and tormentor, Cordelia This is a book about bullying, and how it can affect your whole life The novel changes between short descriptions of Elaines present visit to Toronto, and longer passages of childhood memories The childhood memories starts with Elaine travelling around with her parents and big brother, neve [...]

    20. Chris Dietzel says:
      Until now, Surfacing was my favorite non dystopian book by Atwood Cat s Eye now claims that spot There were parts of this that were so honest and awkward in their depiction of children being cruel to each other that it was uncomfortable to read Atwood does an amazing job of providing a main character who is not necessarily an unreliable narrator but who is definitely an unaware narrator And yet the author finds ways to convey subtle ideas of just how unaware that narrator is without ruining the [...]

    21. Agreenhouse says:
      This book has been on my must read list for a long time, so I was very excited to finally get my hands on a copy Unfortunately, as much as I tried, I did not love this book The language was absolutely stunning, with scenes rendered with such poetic language and detail that I felt I was in the scene The problem was that the scenes Atwood described were so miserable, I did not want to be there I have never been to Toronto, and after reading this book, I never want to go I can t imagine a bleak, d [...]

    22. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:
      DBR, you say OKAY With full disclosure I have to admit this is not actually my first DBR, it comes in after both Ryker s Burden Kansas and Cohen s Beautiful Losers Something about books I love apparently makes booziness happen, hmmmmmm.There are times that I am loath to tell people where I m from, not because I don t like it, I do Canada is a truly lovely place to live and I have been blessed with a life of much happiness here, it s because when I say I m from Canada I always get that look you k [...]

    23. Alex says:
      I hate to be the guy who ruins the joke, but it s impossible to seriously judge Canadian literature without acknowledging that Canada is not a real place It s a funny little conceit, but it s stretching plausibility a bit far to pretend that there s some enormous country right on top of the United States where gay marriage is legal and we totally never invade it at all It s not a country, okay It s just some dude in Minnesota with a big back yard.Glad we got that out of the way.Anyway, but there [...]

    24. Reckoner says:
      , , , , , , , , leitmotifs, , , , , pier glass , 50 , 40 80 , .

    25. Eh?Eh! says:
      The cruelty of young girls Short segments a page or three long each plaited together Ranges from what s happening now to what happened then, back and forth Memory is faulty but the cuts carry on Knowing too much about other people puts you in their power, they have a claim on you, you are forced to understand their reasons for doing things and then you are weakened I disagree But I see how it can become someone s truth.

    26. Jamie says:
      Upon rereading in 2011 I have little to add, except to say that it was even astonishing on the second go round I have no words well, in a manner of speaking to describe my love for this book I finished it really, really late the other night after a night out with some friends and was completely overwhelmed It s taken me a few days to review it, just because of how emotionally devastating the book is.Cat s Eye from the almost always fabulous Atwood is less a narrative than a glimpse into a serie [...]

    27. Martine says:
      Oh, the little games girls play on each other They scheme, they gossip and they either ostracise or bully those whom they feel don t belong to their little circle, inflicting untold damage with their whisperings and indirectness That, in a nutshell, is the subject of Margaret Atwood s Cat s Eye, as memorable an account of childhood angst and cruelty as any I ve read.Cat s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a middle aged artist who returns to the city where she grew up, Toronto, for a retrospecti [...]

    28. Ferdy says:
      SpoilersTook a while to get into this I didn t really like the back and forth narration between the past and present it didn t flow very well , also the main character Elaine irked me quite a lot I hated the present day Elaine, I was only really invested in Elaine s character when she was a child teen, those chapters were great Young Elaine s personality, surroundings and relationships were fascinating to read about, especially the parts which focused on her complicated friendships with Cordelia [...]

    29. Maria Soares says:
      Este livro explora a juventude de uma pintora, Elaine, atrav s de flashbacks, as suas rela es particularmente com a sua melhor amiga, Cordelia e o impacto das mesmas na pessoa que a narradora se torna.Margaret Atwood explora a adolesc ncia feminina de forma cruel e realista, incidindo particularmente nos temas da amizade, dio e vingan a e da t nue linha que os separa A narradora tem uma rela o complexa com Cordelia e, por mais que a despreze, n o consegue deixar de se recordar dela, ou de sentir [...]

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