A Guide to Margaret Atwood

Hi, readers!

A few months ago I published a blog post introducing Jane Austen, which you can read here. I’m finally continuing this series and I’m sharing some Margaret Atwood with you today! Atwood has written many, many novels and short story collections. I’ve only read a few but am hoping to read more this year. Her work tends to blur genres, and she often works within science fiction, fiction, and historical fiction. Atwood is also known for writing about gender, women, and violence against women in powerful ways that call attention to injustices in our world. I really enjoy her work and I know you will, too!

And now, onto Atwood!

Works I’ve Read

*Note: her novels are listed here in alphabetical order

Alias Grace

This was the very first Atwood I ever read! This story is mostly told in flashbacks and memories, making the truth very hazy. I found this book to be remarkable and unique, and Netflix did a fantastic job with its miniseries based on this book. Alias Grace is a fascinating look at how women can support, trick, and ruin one another, all while still catering to the whims of men. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The Blind Assassin

This book is fascinating as it’s really a story within a story. The Blind Assassin is also told in memories and the truth ultimately comes out in the end. I thought this was an interesting look at the dynamics between two sisters and the means through which they had to survive. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Dancing Girls and Other Stories

This is the first short story collection I’ve read of Atwood’s. Much like her full length work, these stories are eerie, complex, and ominous. While a few stories really stand out, I spent much of my time reading this collection hoping they would be full length works. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The Handmaid’s Tale

If you read any Margaret Atwood, start here. This is a must read for every person. This book is haunting, horrifying, and based on true events. The Handmaid’s Tale is told via diary entries from one Handmaid. You’ll want to throw things while reading this book, which is exactly the point. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

And that’s it for Margaret Atwood! I will update this post in the future as I read more of her works. Have you read any Margaret Atwood? Which one is your favorite?

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