Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood

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6 Responses to “Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood”

  1. Tye J. Says:

    Elaine’s life is an interesting one. In her early years she traveled with her family all around Canada, never really staying in one place for long. Her father was an entomologist, and between him and her older brother Elaine grew up being more comfortable around guys than girls. Naturally this didn’t play out well when she started to go to school the year they moved into Toronto. Elaine made three friends early on named Grace, Carol, and Cordelia and soon learns what real friends are…

    Personally I really enjoyed reading the book Cat’s Eye. I will admit it is not the best book I have read, but I enjoyed the way it was written and the amount of human nature that it contained. The book seems real at most times, and it’s hard to determine that it is actually a fiction novel. What I liked the most about it though was the way that the main character, Elaine, persevered through the problems in her life.

    Rating: 4

    Recommendations:
    The Kite RunnerThe Hunger GamesAngela’s AshesA Thousand Splendid Suns
    The Lord of the Rings

  2. Shane C. Says:

    Summary:
    Cat’s Eye is a book about a girl named Elaine who is a painter. Throughout this novel she takes the reader from her childhood to the present and back to her childhood. Elaine moved into a house when she was a child in Toronto. This was different for her simply because she had not lived in a home before. Elaine got enrolled in school and met three girls that became her friends. These girls were on the constant grind to try and please Cordelia (one of Elaine’s friends) any way that they could. Elaine is a full grown adult who is always trying to erase the daunting memories that she made in her youth.

    Evaluation:
    Sadly, I didn’t really care for Cat’s Eye too much. I found that the story seemed to be very drab and quite boring. This book didn’t really have a plot nor did it have a strong structure to it. This novel reminded me of a counter Hollywood cinema simply because there was no climax or twists and turns. I am very proud of myself for reading this whole entire book. This book did not hold my interest one bit, and I strongly advise whoever is contemplating reading this book to reconsider. I do not recommend Cat’s Eye to any high school male.

    Rating: 1 Star

    Recommendations:
    The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Patton
    Tweak – Nic Sheff

  3. Jasmyn I. Says:

    Summary: This novel by Margaret Atwood is a tell all story about the past and present life of painter Elaine Risely. Cat’s Eye reveals the struggles, hardships, friendships, and lovers that turned her into the person she is as an adult. Cat’s Eye is a simple life’s tale full of controversial twists that pull her into a scramble of knots that we call life. As you watch Elaine grow, readers will learn of a greater meaning that something so small can have on someone’s life and the struggles that one woman most go through just to find herself in the end.

    Evaluation: In my opinion, this book wasn’t a very good read at all. It was very hard for me to keep on reading, without having the strong presence of boredom take over my mind. Although the drama and suffering is something that one may find appealing, I really found no message within this story.

    Rating: 2 Stars

    Recommendations: Kite Runner, The Hunger Games

  4. Reece V. Says:

    Summary: The book Cat’s Eye is a chronological novel that depicts a story of the narrator, Elaine, growing up. With its setting taking place in the city of Toronto, the novel goes into depth describing Elaine’s childhood experiences. This includes the cruelty of girls, the transition from a young girl into a woman, and the personal thoughts of Elaine as you follow her through the rollercoaster of her own life.

    Evaluation: Cat’s Eye offers insightful narration and interesting style throughout the entire novel. With the unconventional plot that switches from past to present, Atwood spends a great deal of effort to make sure that the reader is aware of what Elaine is thinking. The effort and connections that can be made from the narration of this book is the most impressive piece of this novel. The only downfall is the dullness of book as a whole; there were vast spaces between events and there were often depressing ones. If you don’t like sad books, then don’t read Cat’s Eye.

    Stars: 3

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Kite Runner, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  5. Alyssa W. Says:

    Summary: Margaret Atwood spins a tale of a woman reminiscing on her past while continuing with her future. Elaine, the narrator and main character in this novel, was shaped by many relationships and experiences she had growing up. She spends time remembering how those scenarios impact the way her life turned out to be.

    Evaluation: I thought this book was good, apart from being slow and a bit depressing. It does not follow the general story of having a beginning, middle, and end. It has no climax and no happy ending, or any ending for that matter. For that reason I found it a bit dull. I did, however, like the fact of how relatable it was.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations:
    – Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
    – Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
    – Warchild by Emmanual Jal

  6. Maddy F. Says:

    Summary: Cat’s Eye, by Margret Atwood, is about the past and present life of Elaine Risley. As a child she rode in the back of a car, traveling with her family, sleeping in tents and hotels. Once they moved into a home in Toronto, Elaine went to school and becomes friends with Carol, Grace, and Cordelia. She goes to the university to study art in hopes of becoming a painter. Elaine messes around with her teacher and meets her first husband. Together they have a kid, who is brought up in an angry environment. After attempted suicide, Elaine and her daughter Sarah move to Vancouver B.C. where they start a new life.

    Evaluation: I did not care for this book very much. There was no climax. No peak in the life of a Canadian. Elaine’s life is somewhat interesting, but not something I enjoyed reading 462 pages about. There are times of excitement, but nothing too out of the ordinary. If you like slow, detailed writing, then this is a good book for you. You’ll learn all about someone else’s life.

    Recommendations: The Harry Potter Series, The Hunger Games

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