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  1. Madeline Madeline says:

    If someone were to ask me to encapsulate Margaret Atwood's writing style in three sentences or less I would show them the first two lines of the first story in Bluebeard's Egg When my mother was very small someone gave her a basket of baby chicks for Easter They all diedBOOM Welcome to Margaret Atwood motherfuckers You're going to like it here Oh and happy EasterI've only read a few of Atwood's short story collections and I never find them uite as satisfying as her novels I prefer it when she has a few hundred pages to fully explore her ideas and characters but this collection was uite lovely The stories are fairly long so there are only twelve here it made me kind of miss The Tent which included stories that were less than a page long but still managed to pack a significant emotional punch The title story was one of my favorites as was the story that included the above line Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother and the one that followed it Hurricane Hazel I think I liked these two the most because even if they weren't fully autobiographical they definitely felt like it and I always like getting glimpses into Margaret Atwood's formative years Another good one is Two Stories About Emma which starts like thisThere are some women who seem to be born without fear just as there are people who are born without the ability to feel pain The painless ones go around putting their hands on hot stoves freezing their feet to the point of gangrene scalding the linings of their throats with boiling coffee because there is no warning anguish Evolution does not favor them So too perhaps with the fearless women because there aren't very many of them around I myself have known only twoThe writing is all beautiful and also has little bits of unexpected humor to remind you that Atwood is actually really funny as shown in these lines that are almost Dorothy Parker esue Religious people of any kind made her nervous; they were like men in raincoats who might or might not be flashersMort on the other hand introduced himself by asking if she knew that if you cut the whiskers off cats they would no longer be able to walk along fences which should have been a warning of some kind to Alma but was notAll in all a nice collection Vintage classic Atwood

  2. Manny Manny says:

    How I saw Sex And The City 2 after reading Bluebeard's EggCarrie wonders why she's so unhappy She's spent her life pursuing excess and now she's acuired everything on her list She's a famous writer She shares a beautiful apartment in the best part of Manhattan with the handsome successful man she spent years snaring into marriage She's got a walk in closet full of expensive designer shoes She eats out most evenings at the city's finest restaurants and attends its most exclusive parties She's close to her three longtime girlfriends Charlotte Miranda and Samantha She'd do anything for them and she knows they'd do anything for her But she's miserableShe's invited to a wedding Her gay best friend has unexpectedly decided to marry Charlotte's gay best friend She does her best to enjoy it but she feels out of place At the reception a woman comes up to her She says she is a huge fan Then she asks Carrie why she has no children Carrie doesn't know why She can't explain it even to herselfAt breakfast Carrie sits with her friends Charlotte has her baby and her young daughter with her Samantha counts out vitamin and hormone pills from a huge box She takes nearly fifty pills every morning I'm tricking my body into thinking it's younger she says and explains that the pills will allow her to stay beautiful forever At that moment Charlotte's nanny arrives She's in her early 20s and radiates health and vitality She has lovely breasts and it's obvious that she is not wearing a bra The men all gaze at her appreciatively ignoring SamanthaSamantha is attending a movie première with her ex Carrie goes shopping with her to buy a dress The assistant tells Samantha that the dress is too young for her Samantha puts her down magnificently At the première another younger woman is wearing the same dress The cameras are all directed towards her For a moment Samantha looks helpless and pathetic Then the younger woman relents She puts her arm around Samantha and they pose for the journalists together Disaster is avertedAfterwards at the party Carrie discovers that her husband has disappeared She looks around and eventually finds him talking with a beautiful dark haired woman played by Penélope Cruz Every night I go down on my knees and pray that it will stay up Penélope is saying Carrie's husband laughs a real laugh He notices Carrie and invites her to join them He says that Penélope is a high powered banker from Madrid They have been talking about the stock market which is constantly on the brink of crashingYour husband is very funny says Penélope but without explaining what he said that was so amusing Carrie suddenly hates the party She tells her husband that they are leaving When they get home they have a small and inconclusive uarrel The four friends are invited on an all expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi They each have their own chauffeur driven limousine and their own butler The hotel is absurdly luxurious even by their standards At breakfast the table in their private suite contains cordon bleu food than the whole buffet at a normal hotel But they only take a little fruit because they are afraid they will gain weightThey try their hardest to appreciate the gifts that are being showered on them They sigh orgasmically as each new delight is revealed but they know they're faking it Samantha's hormones have been confiscated by the customs officials She is pursued by the thought that her body will tip over into menopause She consults Google then gorges herself on foods that are claimed to be rich in oestrogen Charlotte is obsessed with the idea that her husband is sleeping with the nanny and spends all her time trying to call himThe women behave badly Carrie bumps into an old flame at the market She goes out to dinner with him wearing her most provocative outfit She kisses him then feels guilty about it Despite Miranda's warnings Samantha refuses to acknowledge the strict Muslim rules She is arrested for behaving immorally in public The women are nearly lynched by an angry mob and have to leave precipitously for New YorkCarrie arrives home to an empty apartment She wonders if it's all over But after several agonizing hours her husband turns up He has a present for her a ring with an unusual stoneWhy a black diamond? asks CarrieBecause you're not like anyone else says Big but she knows he's not telling her the truth She has a sudden glimpse of the future Samantha's pills have ceased to work and she is old and ugly The market has crashed for real Big has lost his job and there are broken windows in the gleaming facades of Wall Street It's ten years away or maybe five or maybe next year She is like everyone else and her country is like every other country and this realization is both terrifying and strangely comforting

  3. Maria Maria says:

    I enjoyed all of these short stories And I'm so happy to be able to write that because the last few short story collections I've read have been uite disappointing with just one or two stories each that was really good But Atwood gives you uality all the wayHer short stories are very character driven They are not necessarily heavy on plot but you get to know some very interesting characters and relationships It's easy to get into each new story it rarely took me than a page or two and every story are developed enough to give you a real and deep world to dive into My favorites were the title story Bluebeard's Egg and Loulou; or The Domestic Life of the Language but all were very well done I found one of the stories just a little boring but still likeable Atwood writes beautiful prose as always It’s not easy to find a book of such a good uality that at the same time is so easy and comfortable to read Atwood carries you along effortlessly; reading her is like drifting down a calm river in summer Although the stories often include suffering or sorrow of some kind this was still a book of fulfilling and meaningful comfort reads

  4. Tracey Tracey says:

    No short story collections for me If I'm going to read a short story or a novella I'm going to cherry pick them and not read the whole book ie I have The birds and other stories by Daphne Du Maurier I'm only going to read The birds I think my problem with them is that they can be so hit and miss I like a couple in this book but that's not enough really Also I like to immerse myself in the story get to know the characters etc and the only time I've done that with short stories is with the wonderful In the land of armadillos By Helen Maryles Shankman those stories were all connected so it didn't feel like a separationAlso I have the excellent Brothers Grimm edition that I just got and I will dip into those beautiful stories when I want some fairytale magic in my day So that's that then 😏

  5. Arun Divakar Arun Divakar says:

    There was once a reuest for a day's absence from office that went like this My wife delivered baby As I am the only father I reuest you to declare holiday today This at a moment of insane happiness is what a father wrote to his boss asking for a day off What should ideally have been written as I am now a proud father I would like to take a day off and spend time with my family in this time of happinessThis became something totally different in the hands of another English user didn't it ? While totally exaggerated and off the mark I somehow found this to be true in the case of Atwood for her usage of the English language is what sets her apart from most writers The prose she employs is way different in elouence and articulation from what another writer might have used in a similar circumstance This book is a collection of short stories which are not uite earth shaking in their content Women who mull over why their marriages are crumbling apart around them a man who tries to reconnect with an old flame and fails at it a teenager who for the thrill of the moment gets herself involved with a guy for whom she barely feels any passion thereafter and so on Looking at them all I can say that it is about human beings trying to figure out what went wrong in the rhythm of their lives Into this humdrum of common place and bland situations Atwood pours the brilliance of her prose The outcome is what would otherwise have been downright boring anecdotes become well crafted stories My favorites from the collection were the stories Hurricane Hazel and Uglypuss which were to me easy to identify with in some way The other good one which I very much felt a connect with was Spring Song of the Frogs but it did not have an ending that left me satisfiedAfter all this praise you might be wondering where the one star vanished to The reason for the 4 star rating was that none of the stories themselves appeared exceptional to me and while the prose was brilliant the content was weak It's like a luke warm thriller with a brilliant set of action seuences and no story to drive it onward

  6. Jordan Jordan says:

    I have only read the short story BlueBeard's Egg so far here is what I thought Within the pages of “BlueBeard's Egg” by Margaret Atwood we are introduced into a world of metafiction and intertexuality Atwood spins the retelling of the fairytale of BlueBeard's Egg for the reader Atwood does this through the narration of the man character Sally Atwood wanders down the path of the complexities of the ordinary life through the inner narration of the main character Sally Atwood's main literary weapon that she uses to take the reader down this path is through the retelling of the fairytale We are lead down the path with Sally into her inner universe that is in contrast within her own reality which is the reality within her own mind Sally's own fairytale is spun for the reader Through the text we as readers must become active readers We must try understand within the text the blurred lines of writer and reader In “BlueBeard's Egg” we as readers exist within the center of the multiple identities of Sally Sally as the storyteller the wife the puzzle solver and Sally as the princess Sally's mental universe is a creation of her own making just like the tales she has spun A major theme in “Bluebeard's Egg” which correlates with the work of postmodern literature The theme of whose reality is actual reality The reality that we read within “Bluebeard's Egg” begins to blur Are we reading the authors reality? Are we reading the inner reality of Sally? Or are we reading the reality of a retold fairytale? Perhaps all three uestions can be answer with a yes if so where does this leave us as readers? Atwood is very subtle within her use of breaking the fourth wall in “Bluebeard's Egg” to address the reader a very traditional postmodern trait Atwood address the reader though the musing of Sally as Sally sits down to retell a traditional fairytale Sally is trying to figure out how to rewrite her fairytale “What would she put in the forbidden room in her present day realistic version She wanted to do something clever” 175 As readers we can see this message from Atwood she wanted to be clever in her retelling of BlueBeard Atwood wants the reader to understand that they are reading fiction and constantly reminds the reader of this as we read “Bluebeard's Egg” Being a postmodern story the writing of “Bluebeard's Egg”the reader receives direction from the author Atwood uses metafiction as a theme of irony throughout “Bluebeard's Egg” to make sure the reader is never unaware that they are reading fiction the uestions of whose reality the reader is reading constantly be uestioned Atwood plays with the reader in pushing at the readers mind pushing at the traditional method of how the reader views a central narration in a story “But how can there be a story from the egg's point of view if the egg is so closed and unaware?”176 The reader can not help but think that Atwood is poking fun at her audience and at the traditional concept of reading fiction Atwood wants us to be active readers in our understanding of the fairytale that she has laid out before us The concept that we are reading fiction is never forgotten as the theme of metafiction in “Bluebeard's Egg” is ever persistent Another aspect that makes “Bluebeard's Egg” postmodern is the ending that Atwood has created for her reader Perhaps it would be accurate to state the lack of an ending in “Bluebeard's Egg” makes the piece postmodern We are left with a uestion at the end the story “ the egg is alive and one day it will hatch But what will come out of it?” 184 The active readers has to almost wonder if Atwood is speaking to her audience in the ending As readers will we one day hatch from our traditional concepts of reading literature Will we one day hatch from our inner egg? We are lead down the path with Sally into Sally's inner universe that is in contrast within her own reality which reality is true Sally's own fairytale is spun for the reader We must try understand within the text the blurred lines of writer and reader The theme of intertexuality and metafiction are every present with “BlueBeard's Egg” and from central narration of Sally As active readers we must escape from the traditional ideas of how as readers of literature we must break free of our mental egg

  7. Abbie | ab_reads Abbie | ab_reads says:

    35 starsBluebeard’s Egg is a collection that offers up classic Atwood in short story form Some of them were a tad forgettable but always enjoyable when you were doing the actual reading and there were some truly Atwoodian gems in hereAs usual she provides her uniue take on themes such as nature gender roles friendships motherdaughter relationships and of course the relationship between men and women Also present is her classic wit which seethes just below the surface and never makes you outright laugh but evokes a smirk that may seem like a grimace as she strips down her subjects and characters to the boneOne of my favourites was the first story where the narrator’s mother’s life is laid bare in a series of anecdotes and stories she likes to tell depending on which company she’s with showing the various facets of our personalities that are revealed depending on who we’re interacting with I also loved Scarlet Ibis the story of a family where husband and wife are trying to reconnect on a family trip to Trinidad culminating in a seemingly disastrous trip to see a rare birdOthers as I said were uite forgettable but there’s always something to appreciate there some nugget of Atwood wit or wisdom to sink your teeth intoIn terms of people looking to get into Atwood or maybe try one of her short story collections I don’t think I’d recommend this one over Stone Mattress or Wilderness Tips but it’s still a solid collection

  8. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    Reinstates my faith in one of my all time favorite writers Am not a fan of the anthology genre and I plunged into this collection due to the following reasons Came upon it on storytel while surfing through my next audio to listen It was by Atwood and it was a long time since I read something by her And I never regretted itEach story was good in it's own way and none were less than 4 star materialAm not going to touch upon any story as I feel I am not capable of itI was lost in many different worldsI marvel at her story telling abilities Will surely read it again this time via book media Am going to recommend this one to my niece when she grows up This book makes me think to start a shelf called Recos for my precious niece

  9. Alaina Alaina says:

    Point me to the nearest Lesbian Separatist Feminist Commune will you? What a lot of heterosexual angst this book has The male characters are cads and the women are in love with them and unhappy I realize this is a book of its time and the stories are about realistic women in realistic situations but it has not aged well Or maybe I just don't care for Margaret Atwood's writing All of the stories were depressing except the last one which was of a personal memory and very sweet and lovely

  10. Alexa Alexa says:

    This collection of short stories has come to represent “comfort” reads to me Many of them feel uite autobiographical and realistic with contemplative notes Included are musings on her? parents her? childhood motherhood and gender roles They seem to have roots sunk deep in the reality of memory and nostalgia There was none of the touch of surrealism I think I’ve detected in some of her other work and yet also no grim reality either I highly recommend this

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Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories By turns humorous and warm stark and frightening Bluebeard's Egg infuses a Canada of the 1940s '50s and '80s with glowing childhood memories the harsh realities of parents growing old and the casual cruelty that men and women inflict on each other Here is the familiar outer world of family summers at remote lakes winters of political activism and seasons of exotic friends mudane lives and unexpected loves But here too is the inner world of hidden places and all that emerges from them—the intimately personal the fantastic and the shockingly realwhether it's what lies in a mysterious locked room or in the secret feelings we all conceal From the Paperback edition