Bluebeard's Egg

Bluebeard's Egg

Book - 1983
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In this acclaimed collection of twelve stories, Margaret Atwood probes the territory of childhood memories and the casual cruelty men and women inflict upon each other and themselves. She looks behind the familiar world of family summers at remote lakes, ordinary lives, and unexpected loves, and she unearths profound truths. A melancholy, teenage love is swept away by a Canadian hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds; a potter tries to come to terms with the group of poets who so smother her that she is driven into the arms of her accountant; and, in the title story, the Bluebeard legend is retold as an ironic tale of marital deception. Stark and scathing at times, humorous and compassionate at others, Bluebeard's Egg confirms once again Atwood's reputation as the pre-eminent chronicler of our times.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1983
ISBN: 9780771008085
0771008082
Branch Call Number: FIC/ATW

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May 13, 2016

My favorite stories:

'Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother'
This felt like both a love story from a daughter to a mother and a bit of a historical fiction, showing the differences between generations. I love how Atwood wove the mothers reminisces in with the daughters comments on her mothers ways.

'Hurricane Hazel'
I thought this story also explored the mother daughter relationship but in a smaller way, through the daughter discussing her boyfriend. I did find it a little creepy that she was 14 and her boyfriend was 17. I know it's not a big gap but it doesn't feel like they would be on the same relationship page.

'Loulou;" or, "The Domestic Life of the Language'
Despite thinking this lady was crazy, who would possibly want to live in the same house with an ex-husband, current husband and 2 ex-lovers, none of whom make any money?? I enjoyed the fact that she was in charge of her household and ran things her way. I really liked her view of herself as an artist, she doesn't consider herself the airy fairy type but a craftsman very much rooted in the earth. Which is how I've always seen the potters I've met, they do have that type of attitude to life.

Stories I Liked:

'The Sunrise'
I like how this artist was following men around and some of them fled without finding out her innocent reason for doing so. It was an interesting take on this artists life.

'Unearthing Suite'
A fascinating set of parents and the daughters view of them. It was an good dynamic and a good story.

The Rest:

'Uglypuss'
There was little of interest in this story for me. A profligate young man with communist tendencies who likes to put on street theater that seems to piss off everyone, treats a woman bad and she gets revenge.

'Betty'
A couple young kids are fascinated by their neighbours, in particular the husband and his charming personality. Somehow the wife is the topic of the story but I don't really understand the appeal of her life or it's ending.

'Bluebeard's Egg'
A simple marriage that might have a few secrets, but I didn't care nor did I feel too sorry for her. Why purposely pick a man to take of and who seems simple?

'Spring Song of the Frogs'
A man who is lost in the modern world. He doesn't understand his niece or his dates.

'Scarlet Ibis'
A sad family vacation that I might have to kill myself if I was on.

'The Salt Garden'
Marriages that aren't working and the lovers that have joined the relationships and it's all so complicated and messy.

'The Sin Eater'
Therapy and death and introspection, it was a bit boring.

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