Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing Paperback – Sep 9 2003
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The back matter--notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, and index--are invaluable, and if you'd like you could launch a lifetime of study just using her references as the guidepost. This book has gotten me excited again about literature--a dive deep into the profound waters, far from the frothy, frivolous "acclaimed" writing that has increasingly made me feel so discouraged and alienated.
No, this is not a how-to. This is a wondering-how-and-why.
As a longtime fan of Atwood's work and as a writer myself, I found her insight fascinating, though I can understand the disappointment some readers felt; this is not a handbook or a how-to, it's an intellectual memoir and will consequently be a let-down for many. But if you are curious about analysis and process more than in absolutes, there is much here to interest and entertain. Atwood-the-writer can seem remote in her fiction; here she is personable and humane. Anyone who has put pen to paper will recognize and value much that is to be found in this volume.
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You know those reviewers who wish they could give it zero stars? Yeah, I'm one of those now. I got this book for an Individualized Writing class, and it gives memoirs a bad name. Read morePublished on July 15 2003 by karenceleste
You have to wonder if most of the previous reviewers of this book have actually read any of Atwood's fiction. Read morePublished on April 24 2003
I was so disappointed in this book - it's very egotistical in assuming we really care about the author's memories of her bell-bottom hippy days - very little about actual writing... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003
Boring and depressing and really not much help to anyone who wants advice on the art of writing. More of a memoir and not much of one at that. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2002 by Bob Foster
What a disappointment. Instead of the insightful observations Atwood is capable of -- and I have heard her speak -- this book is a mishmash of cutesy comments and esoteric... Read morePublished on April 3 2002
I purchased this book, looking for insight, wisdom, and a bit of advice from someone who has been around the writing block a little while. Read morePublished on April 2 2002 by Steven D Lorey