Now that college is over and I have a life again - for two weeks but who's counting - I am desperate to get as much reading done as possible. Not that I didn't real while I was taking English 101, and it is not that the books I read weren't thoroughly enjoyable - I just want more!
So today I began reading 'The Tent' by Margaret Atwood. If you have ever read any of her previous books you will know what a captivating writer she is. Her latest book is made up of many short stories, antedotes, if you will about life.
Due to the fact that I have only managed to read five pages thus far I really don't have much to say yet, apart from the fact that it is an enjoyable and interesting read. But lets see what Amazon had to say:
Pithy and stinging, a master of deadpan humor and pinpoint satire, Atwood has made the brief monologue her own. As in her previous collection of miniatures, Good Bones and Simple Murders (1994), Atwood adeptly parodies fairy tales and fables, and offers unnerving twists on confessions, and vignettes, some accompanied by her playful drawings. One narrator recounts a recurring dream of dreadful clothes. Another concise tale perfectly encapsulates the divide between men and women. "Resources of the Ikarians," an account of the remarkably thuggish population of a small, out-of-the-way island, is caustic and hilarious. Impish and incisive, Atwood neatly dissects our habit of seeing the world in terms of "we" and "them," and our refusal to face the facts of environmental degradation. In the poetic title piece, she creates one of the most devastating visions ever penned of a writer's attempt to make a shelter out of words. "All observations about life are harsh, because life is," Atwood writes, and yet we persist, driven by desire and hope, and buoyed by stories. Donna Seaman