Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

Book - 1988
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Cat's Eyeis 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 Eyeis a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1988.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385260077
0385260075
Branch Call Number: ATWO
Characteristics: 446 p. ; 24 cm.

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jr3083
Jun 01, 2016

A young girl grows up in post-WWII Toronto, bullied by girls who profess to be her friend. The experience follows her for the rest of her life. It's an insightful exploration of power and bullying with what I suspect are strong autobiographical elements in capturing setting and milieu. See my full review at :
https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/cats-eye-by-margaret-atwood/

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spacecat
May 21, 2014

Bullying is the topic of the moment, and in 2014 it is remarked upon in the newspapers regularly, Well, when Margaret Atwood wrote this book nobody talked much about bullying, and there was no anti-bullying curriculum for teachers, or bully-free zones in schools.
Atwood has, I think, captured the nuances of girls who bully, very well. I found the book uncomfortable to read.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

I read this immediately after reading "Alias Grace." It's not as good as Alias Grace, but is quite an interesting book about the relationship between females. This book has been said to have been semi-autobiographical.

Goober1950 Aug 07, 2011

First of Atwoods books read by me. Am looking forward to the next

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Japanda
Sep 16, 2007

About a girl/woman who is never truly happy in life. This is not just her attitude, more the author's. In this book the world is never a clean and comfortable place.

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Japanda
Sep 16, 2007

the main character grows up but the book stays mostly with her childhood and the "friends" she had their that continue to appear in her later life.

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