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Lady Oracle

by Margaret Atwood

McClelland & Stewart | September 6, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Lady Oracle is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
An original and compelling work in which Margaret Atwood passes one woman’s bizarre life through the prism of her unique literary vision.

The shy, awkward wife of a perpetual radical, Joan Foster is a formerly obese woman whose delicate equilibrium is threatened by the fact that the several lives she has lived separately and secretly are coming together and will be exposed. She is newly and notoriously famous as a bestselling author; she writes gothic novels under a nom de plume; she is having a hidden affair.

Love, fear, understanding, suspense, sensuality, and humour--there is hardly an emotional current that is not touched in Lady Oracle, and with a depth, vitality, and wit that are rare in any time.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 376 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008945

ISBN - 13: 9780771008948

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! In my English class, we were given a list of fiction novels to pick for our final essay. I was going to pick one of the books on the list, but then I heard my friend's mom complaining about the fact that all of the books were written by male authors, with only one Canadian author. So, me and my friend went up to the teacher and asked him for any recommendations that would be suitable for the assignment. He listed off a bunch of books, but Lady Oracle sort of stuck to mind. So when I was browsing a local book store, I happened to see the book. Of course I bought it, believing it was fate. And I must say that I LOVED this book. We were given the semester to read it, and I ended up reading the book 3 times in that period of time. I felt very drawn to Joan. Even though the book was written in the 70s, I could relate so well to her. All of the characters are very animated and over-the top. But that's what gives the book it's charm. You get to see Joan grow up, make mistakes, have regrets, and ultimately finding herself. A great read for a woman of any age!
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Unusual Lady Oracle is an excellent novel. The first I've read of Atwood's, so I don't have any of her other novels to compare it to. However, I do read quite a few books, and I would say this is one of the best. This is about a woman named Joan Foster who experiences many difficulties throughout her childhood, which I think, affects her adult life. I would also sat that this novel is quite the unusual one because Joan's life has sooo many surprising twists and turns that the reader never knows what to expect. I recommend this book.
Date published: 2003-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Readable Novel Atwood's plot is so interesting that I really did want to find out what happened to the characters, even if I got a little angry with them for their foolish decisions. However, despite the main character's unlikeability, the novel is interesting and gracefully written.
Date published: 2001-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lady Oracle By the time I was a quarter of the way through this book I was unable to put it down. Joan Foster's life was building up speed and at the same time closing in on her. I couldn't wait to turn the next page to find out what was going to happen. I would not rate this as Attwood's piece de resistance, but it certainly is recommended reading.
Date published: 1999-10-05

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Lady Oracle

Lady Oracle

by Margaret Atwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 376 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 in

Published: September 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008945

ISBN - 13: 9780771008948

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I planned my death carefully; unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it. My life had a tendency to spread, to get flabby, to scroll and festoon like the frame of a baroque mirror, which came from following the line of least resistance. I wanted my death, by contrast, to be neat and simple, understated, even a little severe, like a Quaker church or the basic black dress with a single strand of pearls much praised by fashion magazines when I was fifteen. No trumpets, no megaphones, no spangles, no loose ends, this time. The trick was to disappear without a trace, leaving behind me the shadow of a corpse, a shadow everyone would mistake for solid reality. At first I thought I’d managed it. The day after I arrived in Terremoto I was sitting outside on the balcony. I’d been intending to sunbathe, I had visions of myself as a Mediterranean splendor, golden-brown, striding with laughing teeth into an aqua sea, carefree at last, the past discarded; but then I remembered I had no suntan lotion (Maximum Protection: without it I’d burn and freckle), so I’d covered my shoulders and thighs with several of the landlord’s skimpy bath towels. I hadn’t brought a bathing suit; bra and underpants would do, I thought, since the balcony was invisible from the road. I’d always been fond of balconies. I felt that if I could only manage to stand on one long enough, the right one, wearing a long white trailing gown, preferably during the
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An original and compelling work in which Margaret Atwood passes one woman’s bizarre life through the prism of her unique literary vision.

The shy, awkward wife of a perpetual radical, Joan Foster is a formerly obese woman whose delicate equilibrium is threatened by the fact that the several lives she has lived separately and secretly are coming together and will be exposed. She is newly and notoriously famous as a bestselling author; she writes gothic novels under a nom de plume; she is having a hidden affair.

Love, fear, understanding, suspense, sensuality, and humour--there is hardly an emotional current that is not touched in Lady Oracle, and with a depth, vitality, and wit that are rare in any time.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
www.margaretatwood.ca

Editorial Reviews

"Read it for its gracefulness, for its good story, and for its help with your fantasy life." The Globe and Mail

"Marvelously funny." Maclean's

"A wonderfully unpretentious comic romp--a fine novel: inventive...funny, and a pleasure to read," Mordecai Richler

"Brilliant and funny. I can't tell you how exhilarating it was to read it--everything works. An extraordinary book." Joan Didion