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Moving Targets [Hardcover]

Margaret Atwood
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Sept. 4 2004
The most precious treasure of this collection is that it gives us the rich back-story and diverse range of influences on Margaret Atwood's work. From the aunts who encouraged her nascent writing career to the influence of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four on The Handmaid's Tale, we trace the movement of Atwood's fertile and curious mind in action over the years. Atwood's controversial political pieces, Napoleon's Two Biggest Mistakes and Letter to America -- both not-so-veiled warnings about the repercussions of the war in Iraq -- also appear, alongside pieces that exhibit her active concern for the environment, the North, and the future of the human race. Atwood also writes about her peers: John Updike, Marina Warner, Italo Calvino, Marian Engel, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mordecai Richler, Elmore Leonard, and Ursula Le Guin. This is a landmark volume from a major writer whose worldwide readership is in the millions, and whose work has influenced and entertained generations. Moving Targets is the companion volume to Second Words.

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...full of utterly enjoyable, immensely readable, and devastatingly clever nuggets... (Canadian Literature 2006-09-01)

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Moving Targets is an essential collection for Atwood fans everywhere.

Atwood is a Booker and Giller Prize laureate and an international bestselling author; when she writes about world renowned authors such as John Updike, Italo Calvino, Marian Engel, Toni Morrison, Mordecai Richler, Elmore Leonard, and Ursula Le Guin as she does here, she is writing about her peers.

But the most precious treasure of this collection is that it gives us the rich back-story and diverse range of influences on Atwood's work: from the aunts who encouraged her nascent writing career to the influence of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four on The Handmaid's Tale, we trace the movement of a fertile and curious mind in action over the years.

Atwood's controversial political pieces, "Napoleoon's Two Biggest Mistakes" and "Letter to America" -- both not-so-veiled warnings about the repercussions of the war in Iraq -- also appear here, alongside pieces that exhibit her active concern for the environment, the North, and the future of the human race.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Atwood Addict Oct. 30 2009
Format:Paperback
Truth in lending, I'm a Margaret Atwood addict.

This doesn't mean everything gets 5 stars. ORYX & CRAKE and THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD are wonderful, but not her best work. Re-reading THE BLIND ASSASSIN--now there's a fabulous piece of writing. Wow! 6 stars!

I do give MOVING TARGETS 5 stars. Chances are you'd have to be an addict to want to purchase "occasional writings," but if you are such a deviant your deviancy--and CDN$15.72--will be bring great gushing pleasure.

(I just noticed, in another Firefox pane, that MOVING TARGETS was published in the US as WRITING WITH INTENT.)

As a demonstration of my satisfaction--and need for more Atwood fixes--I ordered her earlier volume of "occasional writings," SECOND WORDS. Can't wait to leap in, although SURVIVAL is up first.

Enjoy!

Kirtland Peterson
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