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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated by the Egg.
In the car I always have an audiobook to listen to, and the last weeks I really have enjoyed Margareth Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg and other stories.
This is a collection of short stories written by a master of words, and a master of short stories. When Atwood writes she uses no extra words or sentences, she takes us right to the point, and the point in this collection...
Published on June 2 2002 by Britt Arnhild Lindland

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Atwood
No one will mistake Margaret Atwood for Alice Munro when it comes to short stories. Most of these stories are trifles. Atwood's tendency to be elliptical really gets in the way of any development. Her narrators seem to just be skimming the surface of life with little or no consequence of that. Only the stories "Bluebeard's Egg" and "Scarlet...
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the reasons I loved Atwood., Dec 31 2011
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This review is from: Bluebeard's Egg (Paperback)
I say "loved" because I haven't read her work since my mid-20s. On the back of my edition, the London Free Press is quoted saying, "Atwood appears to challenge both her readers and the outisde limits of her own talent... Writing at top form, writing with total control of her material, with sureness, with touches of brilliance... BlueBeard's Egg is a book to be read and re-read, to be talked about and savored." That about sums it up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated by the Egg., June 2 2002
In the car I always have an audiobook to listen to, and the last weeks I really have enjoyed Margareth Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg and other stories.
This is a collection of short stories written by a master of words, and a master of short stories. When Atwood writes she uses no extra words or sentences, she takes us right to the point, and the point in this collection is human beings. Common human beings fighting for their lives. No heros, just plain people like you and me. Every time a new story starts I think, this one cannot be better than the last, but it happend again and again, the story captivates me, and it is all mornings hard to stop the car and go to work - I want to hear just one more sentence, and then one more.
My favorite story though is the one that has given name to the collection, Bluebeard's Egg. A well known fairy tale, told and given it's own meaning by Atwood, or may be she just shows us the original meaning of the story. Sally, the main carachter of the story struggles with the puzzle of her life, to keep all the pieces together. The center of her life is her husband Ed, but how can she be sure that she is also the center in Ed's life? No one can write about this, invite us into and let us be in the feeling of the story like Atwood do.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Atwood, July 26 2000
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This review is from: Bluebeard's Egg (Paperback)
No one will mistake Margaret Atwood for Alice Munro when it comes to short stories. Most of these stories are trifles. Atwood's tendency to be elliptical really gets in the way of any development. Her narrators seem to just be skimming the surface of life with little or no consequence of that. Only the stories "Bluebeard's Egg" and "Scarlet Ibis" really rise above the level of craft, particularly the former. I love the preciseness with which Atwood details feminine rivalry over men! Overall, a hodge-podge of "short fiction pieces," not short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars facets of our world, Sept. 17 1999
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This review is from: Bluebeard's Egg (Paperback)
This was the first book by Margaret Atwood I read after reading the short story "Happy Ending" in an anthology.
A great writer is easily recognisable. All you have to do is to write a few lines of a novel or a short story. You will just keep on reading and feel sorry when you are closer to the end than to the beginning of the story.
This collection of short stories shows that Margaret Atwood is a major writer and story teller. Of course, not in the pulp fiction or slimy-sweet sense but you need a curiosity for the inner world of soliloquies and self-observations.
However, she does not give us lectures on psychology, but tells us the story and we can live it from the inside.
In three of the stories the seeds of her later novel, "Cat's Eye" can be found, which I was inspired to read exactly by them. Short stories can always be a good introduction or lead-in for writer and reader alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tactile and tangible with biting wit, April 5 1998
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This review is from: Bluebeard's Egg (Paperback)
In Bluebeard's Egg, Margaret Atwood weaves her poetic prose though twelve short stories that are as haunting as they are hilarious. Atwood takes the reader on a journey within her characters' minds, using real life for the canvass of her work. While the reader senses almost no movement through the physical world, there is a striking depth and distance traveled in each story.
Atwood's characters range from neurotic artists to doctor's wives, all linked by their dysfunctional existence. In "Uglypuss," Joel, a struggling theater director, goes out for a drink when his estranged girlfriend announces that she is coming over. After a rendezvous of casual sex with an old aquaintance, Joel returns to find his place ravaged and his cat missing. It is in this twisted context where the protagonist asks, "what's the point of continuing, in a society like this one, where it's always two steps forward and two back?"
Atwood, like only a handful of other authors, is able to sharply focus her writing while grappling with philosophical issues. Yvonne, in "The Sunrise," wonders: "if art sucks and everything is only art, what has she done with her life?" All the while, the reader is grounded in sensory details, like Kimberly's "wet pink oyster-like mouth."
In many of the stories, Atwood melts past with present, mimicking the random texture of human thought. The seamless prose carries the reader along, stopping at childhood beach cabins, home economics class, and erotic sexual encounters. These retrospective glimpses are preludes to the hauntingly familiar world that the characters inhabit.
With Bluebeard's Egg, Atwood has reached a new plateau in her writing, showcasing complete mastery of the craft. Her prose grabs the reader, poking and prodding until the comical and horrific are somehow inseperable. This is superlative serious fiction from one of the most prolific authors of the genre. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shrewd, sophisticated, subtle, and funny, March 27 1998
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This review is from: Bluebeard's Egg (Paperback)
Margaret Atwood, one of the finest authors of today, shows us her full strengths in this collection of short stories. She is a writer of subtlety and wit, involving her readers in the lives and imaginations of the characters she explores. The stories in this volume can be funny, touching, savage, or bleak, but all are touched by the same sharpness and sophistication. Atwood is an acute and penetrating observer of life and lives, and her writing is both insightful and poetic. For illumination, entertainment, and the enjoyment of fine writing, I recommend this volume highly.
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