Wilderness Tips by Margaret AtwoodWilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood

Wilderness Tips

byMargaret Atwood

Paperback | May 29, 1999

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An award-winning collection of ten stories that charts the complexities of modern life and explores the strange and secret places of the heart. The gruesome discoveries of an archaeological dig in Britain find parallels in a contemporary love affair; a girl disappears without a trace and returns to haunt a collection of landscape paintings; a nineteenth-century case of mass-poisoning on the famous Franklin Expedition stirs memories of a dead friend; a woman exacts a fittingly wicked revenge on her ex-lover; a well-known journalist is betrayed by a former mentor and friend. Brilliantly rendered, disturbing, poignant at times, scathingly humorous at others, Wilderness Tips imbues the familiar world in which we live with indelible truths.

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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 ...
Title:Wilderness TipsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.96 × 5.07 × 0.47 inPublished:May 29, 1999Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771008562

ISBN - 13:9780771008566

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good enough I wasn't thrilled with this book, but it was good enough to keep me reading to the end. Perhaps I'm being too critical of Atwood. I like her best when she is writing distopian fiction.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atwood Evokes Empathy in Wilderness Tips Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors and she does not disappoint in this collection of short stories. Her ability to write from different viewpoints in era, sex and age is astounding. All of the protagonsits are Canadian and the settings are so familiar it is easy to picture yourself in the scene as a bystander, watching as events unfold. I cannot help but feel melancholy at times because I want a happy ending for these characters, but Atwood never shies away from an imperfect ending. Life is rarely tidy and neat, and it is Atwood's style to always point that out to the reader. Atwood's ability to communicate the innermost thoughts of her characters really helps the reader to identify with them. No matter what age you are, there is always a little pang when a character feels sad, or hopeless. On the other hand there is always a little thrill when the character feels happiness or success. Her stories always convey a range of emotions that carry across so well it is difficult not to feel empathy for these characters.
Date published: 2009-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wilderness Tips, for who? I have to say that I had to read this for school and it turned out to be fairly well written. That is for spelling etc... but the content was poor. Yes she did make very good descriptions of the views of people, she seems to be a master of that, but the actual storyline was nothing but a bunch of dribble about some very angry women! There was really much else to it then that!
Date published: 2000-12-03

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In Hairball, Kat practices her own brand of revenge as she sends a mysterious package to her ex-lover disguised in a David Woods' 'truffle' box. True Trash follows Donny as he walks through Yorkville reflecting on how he straddles two worlds that have yet to collide. A collection of 10 brilliant stories as much about eccentrics as it is about more 'ordinary' Canadian characters, Margaret Atwood's Wilderness Tips is a definite 'must-have' for all Canadian bookshelves.

Editorial Reviews

WINNER OF THE TRILLIUM AWARD“A solace in the midst of life’s losses and confusions–reason enough to celebrate once again Margaret Atwood’s singular gifts.” Maclean’s“Wilderness Tips is vintage stuff: the author is at her satiric, terse, biting and disturbing best in these ten stories.” Edmonton Journal“This is masterful writing.” The Globe and Mail“Atwood is as audacious as ever.... There is something irresistible about this combination of mordant humour and unswerving truth.” Winnipeg Free Press“Each of the stories in Wilderness Tips is a gem, a glittering piece to which one is drawn again and again.” The Denver Post“Virtuoso wit and unmistakable style.... Atwood the poet is alive in these stories.” Chicago Tribune.“Almost every one of the ten stories in this collection superimposes the past upon the present in an unsettling, often startling manner, which conjures up a sense of the mysterious, in even the most banal relationships.” The New York Times Book Review