Read Handmaid's Tale!! So much to think about in one book, especially in today's world. From the previews of Robber Bride, I'd definitely read it before March.
We have quite a few of the same books on our shelves. You should definately read The Blind Assassin (a great book within a book) and The Robber Bride. Great reads.
The first Atwood novel I read was The Handmaid's Tale, and I re-read it every year. It's not the most positive and uplifting book, but the writing is amazing, and the storyline is pretty unique and just plain awesome. I'd say this would be a good place to start, but really, you can randomly pick any one of her books and be guaranteed a good read.
The Robber Bride is a good place to start. I think The Blind Assassin is her best book, though it can be a bit challenging...there are three stories within the book. Alias Grace is also very good. I think she is fantastic:) Hope this helps!
I won't throw stones, as I only discovered Atwood a few years ago, and still have only read two of her books. I highly recommend both, but for different reasons. "Alias Grace", which I read first, is a poignant tale of a murderess in the late 1800s, based on actual events. It is wonderfully written, and historical, and also full of suspense (did she really do the murders she's accused of?). The other book I read was "The Robber Bride". I was taken by surprise by that book. I picked it up because I'd liked "Alias Grace", and heard all of Atwood's books were worth reading. I didn't even read the back cover blurb, and just dove into it. I resurfaced three days later, after reading the entire novel. Fabulously written, this story of friends, uniting despite enormous differences, to face a common enemy. The characters were believable, rounded. Margaret Atwood is an author I'm still discovering, and I think everyone should at least try her once.
I just finished The Blind Assassin and it was very moving and will probably haunt me for awhile. This was my first Margaret Atwood book and she really has a way with words... Her discriptions make things very real.
I have been dying to pick up handmaid's tale for sometime. I work in a bookstore and HAVE to discipline myself not to buy books I don't need when there are many on my shelf left unread, but Handmaid's tale has tempted that resolve more than once. If you read it let me know if I should buy it!
The Handmaid's Tale is definitely the place to start. If you read nothing else, you'll have read her representative work. But my guess is, with an introduction like this (akin to baptism by fire) you'll be back for more!
I also got started with Handmaid's Tale. A compelling read.
My current favorite of Atwood's is "Oryx and Crake" - I think she does a fabulous job of exploring what our future is like if bioengineering keeps going on unchecked.
after reading all the positive responds to Margaret Atwood's books I'll have to check them out the next time I'm at the book store. I can't tell you how many times I've picked up The Handmadien's Tale but returned it to the shelf, the next time I'm at Barnes and Noble I'll seriously consider taking it home with me.
"the blind assassin" is one of my favorite novels. she is always good, smart and haunting. but this one stands out.
i also love "Alias Grace".
I've seen her speak and she is a witty and irreverent feminist.
I recommend Wilderness Tips and the Robber Bride to begin. Enjoy!
I have to agree with most and say that I read The Handmaid's Tale first and I think it's a great way to get into Atwood's writing. Oryx and Crake is similar to The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace is also great! Haven't read anything by Atwood yet that i haven't enjoyed and I too found her "later" in my reading life...Always better late than never!
I just got done reading Handmaid's Tale, and I do recommend this book. Very interesting, and makes you think of how easily our nation can head that way little by little.
Hi! Beautiful baby, awesome shelf. I've never read any Margaret Atwood except The Blind Assassin. I've tried The Handmaid's Tale a couple of times, but I just can't get past my feeling that this is a possible future of humanity, and can't get through it. I liked Assassin, however. She keeps you guessing, while she carefully crafts real atmosphere. I've thought I'd try Oryx and Crake, but haven't yet.
The Blind Assassin is great... but another title you don't hear much about is Bodily Harm. If you try BA first and enjoy it, I would strongly recommend BH.
I read The Handmaid's Tale first, and that led me to her other works.
Alias Grace and Oryx and Crake two very deep books, deep as in find a place to hid while you read it without any interuptions. She does such a great job of taking you into past with Grace's cell. Then jump to the future and can truely visualize Snowman looking out onto the ocean with waves hitting the tops of sky scrapers.
I read The Robber Bride first, and loved it. I also really enjoyed The Blind Assassin. In all honesty, I found some of her earlier works harder to get into. Never finished The Handmade's Tale...
Blind Assassin is the only Atwood book I read....but it was my first book club book....and WAS very compelling.
Cat's eye is her best, without a doubt. I couldn't put it down and thought it was so true to life. I would say to anyone who wanted to read an Atwood book, to start with Cat's Eye, you won't be disppointed. Its also part of my top ten.
I also love her short stories.
Alias Grace (historical) and Oryx and Crake (futuristic). Get the best of both worlds! You can't go wrong with any others! She has the art of a good finish!
Cat's Eye is a very fine read. I also like Handmaid's Tale. I have just started Oryx and Crate and it seems weird but so far it's okay.
For me, it would be The handmaid's tale and Alias Grace.
Cat's Eye was assigned to me in a high school reading class, and then I was assigned Handmaid's Tale for three different classes. So I saw Margaret Atwood as homework for a long time. But then I loved Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, and Robber Bride. I don't think I could pick a favorite.
I'd have to go with Alias Grace; a phenomenal read. The Handmaid's Tale is a very interesting novel as well. Also, The Robber Bride. My idea of a good book is one that you are still thinking about long after you've read it. These three qualify!
i recommend surfacing or the handmaids tale as they are smaller books, though multi layered. for short stories read wilderness tips
i love her short stories. I do think that, Dancing Girls is better than Wildernerness tips.
I'm just getting started building my shelf but Atwood is one of my first virtual additions, because I love her writing. I tried in my early twenties and couldn't get past the mesh fence of similes and metaphors. Then I tried again in my mid thirties and wished I could smack my twenty year old self on the head with a copy of Cat's Eye. I highly recommend The Blind Assassin, The Robber Bride, and The Handmaid's Tale. Haven't read Alias Grace yet. Oryx and Crake is next on my list .
I love Margaret Atwood! I think Alias Grace was my favourite. Blind Assassin and Robber Bride are also great. I would steer clear of Oryx and Crake as a starting place...
I like Atwood a lot. My favorite is ALIAS GRACE (I've also read Handmaid's Tale and Blind Assassin).
Atwood is definitely worth reading. I loved Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake.
The Handmaid's Tale was the first one I read, but it's pretty disturbing. My favorite of hers is The Blind Assassin... Alias Grace is also great if you're in the right kind of mood. (I only got into it the second time I picked it up.)
Hey that was the first book I read for book club too!
I first got into Atwood with Cat's Eye. I have read that book several times, but my favorites are Handmaid's Tale and Oryx & Crake.
I don't know how I have gotten this far in my literary life without reading anything by Margaret Atwood, but there you have it. Feel free to throw stones at me next time you see me. Or if you'd rather be helpful, can you tell me which book by Margaret Atwood you would recommend to get me started?
I really have a love/hate relationship with Margaret Atwood's books! :-) I love Handmaid's Tale and O & C, but unfortunately this one fell under the "strong dislike" category. Although the story within a story within a story concept is an interesting one, I found the book to be boring and an exercise in frustration.
Jodigrrl, my sentiments exactly. I own it, but I can't have it on my shelf for some reason. Maybe it's the whole 'repressed Canadian WASP' atmosphere which pervades the book - even more gloomy in this one.
My personal favourite Atwood is Cat's Eye and I'm reading 'The Door' at the moment.
Cat's Eye is on my shelf, but it's too scarily reminiscent of growing up for me to want to read it again as yet. The Blind Assasin was less gloomy, I thought.
Just started on this and I love the line where she says 'But some people can't tell where it hurts. They can't calm down. They can't ever stop howling.'
Brilliant book. wasn't sure I would be able to finish it when I started it....but just loved it. It's brilliantly written with so many levels....
I adored this book. Atwood is a must-read.
Yes, Atwood is a must. The language is superb and evocative. Turn of phrase is unique and heart stirring. Am now reading her other books . I believe her poems are fabulous as well.
beautifully insightful novel
I'm having a hard time getting the feel of this book, but it was sent to me by a good friend who was quite taken with it. What am I missing?
This book is crafted in such a unique manner you may have to read it in its entirity to appreciate the brillance,,,and, in the process of reading it you can appreciate the creativity, the imaginative writing and the brilliant use of metaphors and similies throughout.