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The tent

by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
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One of the world's most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has penned a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her popular books Good Bones and Murder in the Dark , punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian mini-fictions speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.

In pieces ranging in length from a mere paragraph to several pages, Atwood gives a sly pep talk to the ambitious young; writes about the disconcerting experience of looking at old photos of ourselves; gives us Horatio's real views on Hamlet; and examines the boons and banes of orphanhood. "Bring Back Mom: An Invocation" explores what life was really like for the "perfect" homemakers of days gone by, and in "The Animals Reject Their Names," she runs history backward, with surprising results.

Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, The Tent is vintage Atwood. Enhanced by the author's delightful drawings, it is perfect for Valentine's Day, and any other occasion that demands a special, out-of-the-ordinary gift.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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 Murders0 (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 Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Biting anger, humor and interest in the fantastic have marked inimitable Atwood works like The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake. In this odd set of terse, mostly prose ripostes, Atwood takes stock of life and career-"this graphomania in a flimsy cave"-and finds both come up short. Staged from behind screens of updated fables and myths ("Salome Was a Dancer" begins "Salome went after the Religious Studies teacher"), the pieces rage icily against the constraints of gender, age (witheringly: "I have decided to encourage the young"), fame and even "Voice": "What people saw was me. What I saw was my voice, ballooning out in front of me like the translucent green membrane of a frog in full trill." Along with a few poems and childlike line drawings, what keeps this collection of 30-odd fictions from being a set of rants is the offhanded intimacy and acerbic self-knowledge with which Atwood delivers them: "The person you have in mind is lost. That's the picture I'm getting." Threaded throughout are dead-on asides on the tyrannies of time and the limits of truth telling in society, so that when Hoggy Groggy hires Foxy Loxy to silence Chicken Little forever, there is no doubt with whom the author's sympathies lie. (Jan. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Publisher New York :Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xi, 158 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 0385516681
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