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Rebecca, 13, mesmerized
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"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood is about Elaine Risley
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, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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...
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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2012
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