So, like most other human beings on the planet I got very stuck into Atwood’s book spin-off series, The Handmaid’s Tale (which I shall do a review on too so look out).
What has followed can only be described as Atwood mania.
I have been on a bit of a binge which led to me starting and finishing her novel Lady Oracle in a matter of days.
I ate that book up.
The only way to describe how good this book was, is to point out that it got me out of a writing slump that has been plaguing me for months now.
The book was very real and wasn’t so much plot focused as it was concerned with the psychology of the main character Joan.
This book is the epitome of the escapism that we all long for in our everyday lives.
Joan recounts her failed love affairs and the upbringing that led her to want to change identity and absorb herself in the fantasy world of the Gothic romances that she writes.
Atwood has a knack for what I would call composed chaos. Her novels are witty, manic and utterly intimate in the sense that she understands what her reader feels and wants.
I read a couple of reviews that criticised the book for having an open end, or for not feeling complete. But this I feel is exactly what she wants from us.
After all, why does a book need to go in a complete circle?
I like the idea of knowing that our heroine is still out there, trying to find her way in the world much the way that we as everyday readers are too. Her journey hasn’t ended- she’s just progressing to a different stage in life.
Without giving away too much, I really resonated with this book and felt the pain and rejection that Joan is subjected too. Her “let’s just get on with it” attitude is very admirable and her progression into adulthood is bumpy rather than clean cut.
This isn’t a novel that wants you to feel proud and smug about the characters transformation but rather accurately shows that sometimes we just don’t know what we want out of life.
Anyway, the magic, the charisma and charm of this novel will have you feeling satisfied and more self-reflective.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was certainly mine!
See you tomorrow,