The Tent

The Tent

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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One of the world's most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has penned a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her popular books Good Bones and Murder in the Dark , punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian mini-fictions speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.

In pieces ranging in length from a mere paragraph to several pages, Atwood gives a sly pep talk to the ambitious young; writes about the disconcerting experience of looking at old photos of ourselves; gives us Horatio's real views on Hamlet; and examines the boons and banes of orphanhood. "Bring Back Mom: An Invocation" explores what life was really like for the "perfect" homemakers of days gone by, and in "The Animals Reject Their Names," she runs history backward, with surprising results.

Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, The Tent is vintage Atwood. Enhanced by the author's delightful drawings, it is perfect for Valentine's Day, and any other occasion that demands a special, out-of-the-ordinary gift.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385516686
Branch Call Number: 813.54 ATWOOD
Characteristics: xi, 158 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


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Apr 22, 2016

This was just a middling collection for me. The stories didn't seem to have the same bite as others I've read. I was quite partial to TAKE CHARGE for the plethora of made up words and BRING BACK MOM for it's nostalgic but feminist views.

Jun 04, 2015

This collection of mini-short stories did not appeal to me at all. I managed to read about a third of the collection then I gave up! They were disappointing. They weren't up to Margaret Atwood's usual quality!


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