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Cat's Eye

by Margaret Atwood

McClelland & Stewart | September 6, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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Controversial painter Elaine Risley returns from Vancouver for a retrospective of her work. Here, in Toronto, the city of her youth, she confronts the submerged layers of her past - her unconventional family, her eccentric and brilliant brother, the self-righteous Mrs. Smeath, and the two men Elaine later came to love in diverse and sometimes disastrous ways. But it is the enigmatic Cordelia, once her tormentor, then her best friend, whose elusive yet powerful presence in her life Elaine finally comes to understand. The realm of childhood and growing up, with its secrecies, cruelties, betrayals, and terrors, has never been so brilliantly evoked. By turns disquieting, humorous, compassionate, haunting and mordant, Cat's Eye is vintage Atwood.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.98 × 5.2 × 1.33 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008937

ISBN - 13: 9780771008931

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Cat's Eye

by Margaret Atwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.98 × 5.2 × 1.33 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008937

ISBN - 13: 9780771008931

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1.   Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. If you can bend space you can bend time also, and if you knew enough and could move faster than light you could travel backwards in time and exist in two places at once.   It was my brother Stephen who told me that, when he wore his ravelling maroon sweater to study in and spent a lot of time standing on his head so that the blood would run down into his brain and nourish it. I didn’t understand what he meant, but maybe he didn’t explain it very well. He was already moving away from the imprecision of words.   But I began then to think of time as having a shape, something you could see, like a series of liquid transparencies, one laid on top of another. You don’t look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that, sometimes nothing. Nothing goes away.   2. “Stephen says time is not a line,” I say. Cordelia rolls her eyes, as I knew she would.   “So?” she says. This answer pleases both of us. It puts the nature of time in its place, and also Stephen, who calls us “the teenagers,” as if he himself is not one.   Cordelia and I are riding on the streetcar, going downtown, as we do on winter Saturdays. The streetcar is muggy with twice-breathed air and the smell of wool. Cordelia sits with nonchalance, nudging me with her elbow now and then, staring blankly at the other peop
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Controversial painter Elaine Risley returns from Vancouver for a retrospective of her work. Here, in Toronto, the city of her youth, she confronts the submerged layers of her past - her unconventional family, her eccentric and brilliant brother, the self-righteous Mrs. Smeath, and the two men Elaine later came to love in diverse and sometimes disastrous ways. But it is the enigmatic Cordelia, once her tormentor, then her best friend, whose elusive yet powerful presence in her life Elaine finally comes to understand. The realm of childhood and growing up, with its secrecies, cruelties, betrayals, and terrors, has never been so brilliantly evoked. By turns disquieting, humorous, compassionate, haunting and mordant, Cat's Eye is vintage Atwood.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD is the internationally acclaimed author of more than forty books. Her novels include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Among the awards and honours she has received are the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Governor General''s Award, the Premio Mondello (Italy), the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature (Spain), the Dan David Prize (Israel), and the World Economic Forum''s Crystal Award. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

"A literary event!"
- The Toronto Star

"A brilliant, three-dimensional mosaic…the story of Elaine''s childhood is so real and heartbreaking you want to stand up in your seat and cheer."
- The Boston Sunday Globe

"Nightmarish, evocative, heartbreaking."
- The New York Times Book Review

"The best book in a long time on female friendships…Cat''s Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom."
- Cosmopolitan

"No reader will fail to be moved, even to tears, by this novel. It is poignant and lingering."
- Aritha van Herk, Calgary Herald

"Lyrical, startling in its mastery of language, compelling in its handling of memory and forgetting, in its understanding of the ravages of the unransomed past."
- London Free Press

"Irresistible. . . . This book is about life for all of us."
- The Times (U.K.)


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