Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

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By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years.

'Not since Graham Greene has a novelist captured so forcefully the relationship between school bully and victim...Atwood's games are played, exquisitely, by little girls' LISTENER
An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 150 x 199 x 34mm | 404g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1853811262
  • 9781853811265
  • 15,530

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I read this when I was about sixteen and remember its menace. It is about the potential toxicity in female friendships, which is a contentious issue. Atwood is never pigeonholed, she's wry and has a poet's eye Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
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Margaret Atwood charts the psychological process of memory as compulsion and memory as a healing act through the character of Elaine Risley, an artist who returns to her home town of Toronto for a retrospective of her work. Elaine's visit triggers though * - Chris Kellett, From 500 Great Books by Women, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW * Atwood's taut and exquisite use of language makes all her books irresistable... * THE WEEK * Irrestistible...This book is about life for all of us. She is one of our finest novelists. Read it * THE TIMES * Not since Graham Greene or William Golding has a novelist captured so forcefully the relationship between school bully and victim...Atwood's power games are played, exquisitely, by little girls * LISTENER * I read this when I was about sixteen and remember its menace. It is about the potential toxicity in female friendships, which is a contentious issue. Atwood is never pigeonholed, she's wry and has a poet's eye -- Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
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About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty works, including fiction, poetry and critical essays, and her books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She has won many literary awards and prizes.
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52,220 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 30% (15,856)
4 40% (20,978)
3 23% (12,150)
2 5% (2,525)
1 1% (711)
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