Monday, March 28, 2011

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

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Cat's EyeCat's Eye by Margaret Atwood is a fictional novel about a controversial Canadian painter, Elaine Risley. Elaine reluctantly returns to her home town for a restrospective of her life's work. While visiting Toronto, she is inevitably forced to "come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman". Before she can achieve this important step in self-fulfillment she must first reflect on the troublesome events of her childhood. Elaine has always struggled with her identity from religion to relationships and this art exhibit is her opportunity to face herself once and for all.  

Cat's Eye read like the memoirs of a troubled woman haunted by her past and conflicted with her sense of self. This novel explores Elaine's entire life as she attempts to discover her true self and come to terms with her past.  From visions of the Virgin Mary to bullies at school Elaine Risley had endured many challenges growing up in the 1940's.

Atwood writes with such vivid descriptions that you can clearly visualize Elaine's experiences. It was very moving to read because it dealt with the many roles that women play in life as well as the obstacles we face. In essence this book is a feminist statement, empowering women by encouraging them to not ignore their past but to gain control by accepting it and growing from it.

Elaine's life experiences will linger with you long after you have finished the book.

I give this book a Thumbs Up.
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