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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Rebecca, 13, mesmerized

i thought that cat's eye was a marvellous book. it perfectly portrays the truth about young girls and the subtlety of their power games. I also thought this book had deep psychological undertones and if you dont concentrate you wont get the whole picture. Atwood has no ...
i thought that cat's eye was a marvellous book. it perfectly portrays the truth about young girls and the subtlety of their power games. I also thought this book had deep psychological undertones and if you dont concentrate you wont get the whole picture. Atwood has no trouble in engaging the reader.

posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2005

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood is about Elaine Risley

"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood is about Elaine Risley who is an aging artist, and, similar to "A Prayer for Owen Meany," takes place when she is older and describes her childhood and experiences with a small group of girls, mainly focusing on the &qu...
"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood is about Elaine Risley who is an aging artist, and, similar to "A Prayer for Owen Meany," takes place when she is older and describes her childhood and experiences with a small group of girls, mainly focusing on the "friend" Cordelia.

Elaine grew up in a less than conventional way, with a father who studied bugs and would have the family on the road often. Elaine finally was able to make friends (besides with her older brother, Stephen) when she was eight years old and moved to Toronto. The group of girls she became friends with, led by Cordelia, began to bully Elaine. Elaine was a pushover but did eventually gain some guts. I'll leave it at that since I don't want to give too much away.

Another similarity to "A Prayer for Owen Meany" occurs when Elaine experiences a near-death experience and is rescued by, who she perceives is the Virgin Mary. In general, "Cat's Eye" stays farther away from religious topics than "A Prayer for Owen Meany."

As Elaine grows up, she becomes a stronger individual and we learn about her love life, her children, and her moderately successful career as a painter.

This could probably be a mini spoiler alert, so don't finish this paragraph if you want to read the book yourself! I really did enjoy following Elaine's journey through her life, and with her relationships with her family, boyfriend, husband, and on to being a painter. However, I don't really understand the ending. Maybe I'm missing something, but to me, it was a well-written, interesting story about Elaine's trip to Toronto, while in the midst of this Toronto trip, she explains about her childhood. The book begins with her trip to Toronto and ends with her plane ride home.

Usually I would not recommend a book where I didn't like the ending, or where I thought the ending was lackluster. But I honestly did enjoy the book, just was unsatisfied with the ending.

posted by RebeccaScaglione on July 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    Pathetic - hard to follow

    Atwood's book, Cat's Eye, is easily one of the worst I have ever read. We were made to read it for a school text in English, and can see no reason to inflict the same torture on the other students. It is hard to understand and has nothing to which people can relate to...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Maya

    Ariel if shes your sister take her. I wanted them to have freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    One of the most depressing stories I've read. I feel like I wai

    One of the most depressing stories I've read. I feel like I waisted two days trying to get through a visit from a guest I wished would leave. If I could travel back in time I would not have purchased this book.

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    Posted November 30, 2012

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