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June 23rd, 2007

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10:47 am - books finished
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
This was hard for me to read, in parts, because I suffered similar "best friends" in my grade school years - although they never came nearly so close to killing me as happens in the novel. Unfortunately I was probably the annoyingly religious one of the group myself, at times. But roles in life are often more ambiguous and fluid than those in literature, so that isn't really surprising. So far my favorites of Atwood's work are still Oryx & Crake, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Blind Assassin. Next would be Cat's Eye, though. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the paintings, and wish there had been more.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Another fantasy novel that has been on my list of "to-read" for some time. I suffered a little too much from wanting to kick the title character in the head to really get into it; he's young and makes the mistakes of youth; the author was nineteen, I think, when it was published but it works because it informs the protagonist's character well. I wanted to like it more than I did, but I certainly didn't dislike it. My mom has the next volume on reserve from the library rather than buying it like the first one, which in itself is a metric.

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Date:June 23rd, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Cat's Eye still haunts me from time to time.

We were called "The Wolf Pack" because we hunted and harmed the 4th graders version of the same girl click. I'll never forget the feeling of making a 4th grade girl cry the way I felt because I was the outsider in our group. It was terrible but powerful and something I carry with me. Reading Cat's Eye reminded me so much of that time it was hard to get through. I think I'll re-read it.

I haven't read Atwood for awhile but she has always been a favorite of mine. I so want someone to re-make Handmaid's Tale without the horrid romance. In fact, I would love it if Karen Moncrieff was the one who got a hold of the rights to write it and direct it.

(she did a film called The Dead Girl which was pretty astounding imo. Actually, you might like it -she never forces us to watch the violence that kills "the dead girl" and it's focused very much on non-linear telling of a different kind of violence in the lives of various women surrounding the murder we never see happen. It will touch on some raw nerves without a doubt. More crime drama in style than thriller, just... well anyway this director would kill with and Atwood script.)

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