Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Tent - Margaret Atwood

The Basics: The Tent, Margaret Atwood, 156 pages, hardcover

How I found it: I noticed it on the page for new books and since it is by my favourite author, I ordered it.

What's it about?: It's a small book with lots of small pieces in it - prose, short stories, etc. They are all typically Atwood but more mature - not as angsty as "Disembarking at Quebec" and the Susanna Moodie poems.

Did I like it?: I have to say I didn't really. All of the pieces were not quite poems and not quite long enough to be short stories, with the pieces that I did like, such as "Chicken Little Goes Too Far", it seemed as if Atwood had started to write something cool and then wrapped it up to be short and more literary. I wasn't that impressed, and to be honest, I didn't like anything in Part I of the book. I was hoping it would be more like some of her other short story collections, but not so much on that front.

Would you like it?: Likely not. You'd have to be a hard core lit-geek or a Peggy fan. I don't regret the purchase, however I wouldn't encourage others to buy it.

But don't take my word for it: Regular people reviews and editorial reviews.

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