Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

Audiobook CD - 1995
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Returning to the city of her youth for a retrospective of her art, controversial painter Elaine Risley is engulfed by vivid images of the past. Strongest of all is the figure of Cordelia, leader of the trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p1995
ISBN: 9781419325366
1419325361
Branch Call Number: CD F Atw
Additional Contributors: Caruso, Barbara

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Eosos
Apr 18, 2016

What a fantastic book.

Told entirely in stream of consciousness from the point of view of Elaine, a 50ish painter who returns to her hometown of Toronto for a retrospective of her work. The story alternates between her current 50ish self and her childhood through to 30.

I loved this book, through the disturbing childhood and into the bad choices of her 20s and the current take on her life. It was compelling.
Even though the entire character was far more introspective then I can personally relate to, I somehow still felt invested in her life and circumstances.

What this book reiterated for me is that I'm glad I grew up in my generation, I'm happy that the feminist movement was started and I get to enjoy the benefits, I'm happy that so many things are not dirty little secrets anymore, that as a society we're more open and less repressive and I hope we keep improving (even if it's hard to believe we are sometimes).

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Davytron
Oct 26, 2015

I love this novel! It's so descriptive and evocative of the emotions experienced on the minefield of growing up. Atwood hits the nail on the head for girls, and as a male reader exploring what I've witnessed from afar makes for an uncomfortable but needed learning experience. The other reviewers are quite correct in that there is little plot - it's just a coming of age semi-autobiographical tale set in Canada. It's a jewel of a novel. Atwood's trademark wit and insight shine through the entire time. Check it out.

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haploU5
Jun 28, 2012

Greatly disappointing.
I was expecting so much more from a Margaret Atwood story.
It is very descriptive with seemingly no plot. The protagonist, a teenage girl, who experiences bullying, is so annoyingly passive that trying to evoke feelings of empathy is next to impossible. I couldn’t wait to finish so I could move on to the next audiobook.

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BDLange
Mar 23, 2010

Not my favorite Margaret Atwood. It definately hits home with the pains of growing up, friendships, etc. I did find her descriptions of living in Canada in the 60-80's interesting.

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