Cat's Eye

by Margaret Atwood | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385491026 Global Overview for this book
Registered by citrus on 1/28/2004
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by citrus on Wednesday, January 28, 2004
not as good as the robber bride and in some parts atwood get´s too detailed about unimportant stuff...

Journal Entry 2 by citrus at on Thursday, February 12, 2004
Release planned for Friday, February 13, 2004 at Meet-Up in Wien, Wien Austria.

Journal Entry 3 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Friday, February 13, 2004
Got this book tonight at the Meet-Up!

Journal Entry 4 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Monday, March 08, 2004
Elaine, a painter, returns to Toronto and finds herself overwhelmed by her past - memories of her childhood, betrayals and cruelties surface relentlessly. She must face the spectre of Cordelia who has been her best friend and her tormentor, and who has haunted her for 40 years.

Interesting literature. I will start a bookring now.
There are already 3 participants, I will write another journal entry later with the final list.

Journal Entry 5 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Saturday, March 13, 2004
OK, this is the final list of participants:

1. RoryG- Finland
2. Acid- France
3. clawdette- USA
4. bookczuk- USA
5. katalirob- USA
6. tchouli- USA
7. tantan- Australia
8. dutch-flybaby- The Netherlands
09. xanapeg- Portugal
10. back to me

Sending a PM to all participants now...
The book will be sent out to #1 on Monday, March 15th.

Journal Entry 6 by RoryG from Palmdale, California USA on Thursday, April 01, 2004
Just arrived by mail. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 7 by RoryG from Palmdale, California USA on Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Finished this one today. It was harder to read than I thought. I used to have my own "Cordelia" and this brought back some memories that I had forgotten. I didn't like so much of Elaine's adult life, but in the end the book came back together. Just this really wasn't that entertaining to me, but a good book to read, about what the little girls really are like.

Ok, I'm sending this off to Acid, hopefully already tomorrow.

Journal Entry 8 by Acid from Rennes, Bretagne France on Wednesday, May 05, 2004
I've just received it today. Hopefully the weather was not too bad and the book not so damaged by the rain.;)

Journal Entry 9 by Acid from Rennes, Bretagne France on Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Sorry for keeping you waiting. I have just send it to Clawdette! Hope you collect stamps or you know someone who is doing so :)

Journal Entry 10 by clawdette from Houma, Louisiana USA on Wednesday, July 07, 2004
recieved this yesterday as part of bookring, will post when read

Journal Entry 11 by clawdette from Houma, Louisiana USA on Friday, October 08, 2004
releasing to bookczuk today...i'm sorry it took so long to read it, my summer has been really crazy...a bit hard to follow but I did enjoy the book

Journal Entry 12 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I spent the morning running around town like a mad-woman, taking pictures of Charelston to put in releases for the Armchair traveling Show Us Your Town Challenge. When I say mad-woman, I really mean it. Since I proposed the challenge, I cannot even officially enter, but I just love showing people my beautiful city anyway.

Anyhow, by the time I got home from that, and from grocery shopping and battling traffic, I was officially grumpy. But, the day then got infinitely better. My mail carrier was earlier than usual and had a big smile and a parcel for me. Voila! It was this book!

I shall now put supper on a back burner to simmer while I reintroduce myself to one of my favorite authors. Thank you allbookedup for starting the ring and clawdette for sending it on to me.

Oh- and everyone is welcome to vote on the pictures submitted in the above challenge. Vote for as many pictures as you like, but only one vote per picture. Rules are posted. Feel free to submit an entry or two. We're having fun!

Pictured: The Ashley River at Charelston South Carolina USA

Journal Entry 13 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Monday, October 25, 2004
I am always so surprised by how cruel girls can be to each other. I am afraid that I am more like Elaine's parents- not exactly part of the mainstream of life. The weaving of the story from past to present, the interplay of the characters, growth of Elaine and shifts of power and focus were all well done to my mind. I often find that the actual story Margaret Atwood writes about is not as compelling as her details and work with the characters. There is an everyday-ness about them and a seeming normalcy of their lives (yes, even Grace the murderess in Alias Grace.)

Elaine's life as an adult was a bit less absorbing for me than that of Elaine the child. I liked the details fo her childhood. There were things that struck a note with me, from marbles to learning about conventional religion while growing up in an unconventional home. My brothers and I were raised in "Ethical Humanism" after our parents both rejected the religions of their childhoods. I have a stron memory of going to Sunday School at The Ethical Society. While our parents were upstairs hearing lectures about humanistic this or that, we kids were stuck in the basement learning about different religions of the world- excluding Christianity or Judiasm, because those were the ones the adults upstairs had rejected. One day, a kid gathered a group of us to sneak outside to read this really cool book, that his parents wouldn't let him read. It had great stories- love, hate, lust, adventure, battles, kindness- something for everyone. When we finally got caught, we were almost through the Old Testament. That was my introduction to the Bible.

I will be sending this on to katalirob today or tomorrow. Thanks again!

Pictured: Fisherman on the Cooper River. The Ashley River, pictured above, runs along one side of the Charelston Peninsula, and the Cooper River runs alongside the other. Locals say the two come together to form the Atlantic Ocean!

Journal Entry 14 by katalirob from Columbus, Georgia USA on Saturday, October 30, 2004
I'm really sorry, but I forgot to let you know that I received this book recently as an RABCK, so I'll just send this copy on without reading it, as soon as I get tchouli's address.

Journal Entry 15 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Thursday, November 04, 2004
recvd today

Journal Entry 16 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Friday, November 12, 2004
off to tantan

Journal Entry 17 by tantan from Montréal, Québec Canada on Monday, November 22, 2004
Received in the mail today. This a couple down on the rings/rays pile, but I'll get to it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 18 by tantan from Montréal, Québec Canada on Saturday, December 11, 2004
I did really enjoy this, although like a few others I liked Elaine's story as a child more than as an adult. This will go on the list of Atwood's I've enjoyed as opposed to the Atwood's I hated. :-) This will be going on to dutch-flybaby as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 19 by dutch-flybabe from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Friday, March 04, 2005
Today is another bookdelivery-day, this is the second book I received today :-) Who has rowed this book across all the oceans between here and Autralia in the past 11 weeks ? Well, I'm glad it has arrived safely! Look at this funny bookmark that I found in the book, I love it!

Next in line is xanapeq not xanapeg (typo in the list) I found this out on the Portugese forum.

Journal Entry 20 by dutch-flybabe from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Friday, March 25, 2005
Ok, I have really tried... but I stranded on page 100 of this book and I must admit I have read lots of only first lines of paragraphs as well. Although I'm curious about what exactly Cordelia has done to Elaine and how it affected her, I just can't stand wading through more endless descriptions of things that are not really interesting for the story in my humble opinion.
I'm a bit disappointed because I really liked The handmaid's tale. No more Margaret Atwood for me for a while.

I have sent a pm to xanapeq and hope to receive her address soon, so I can mail the book.

Released 14 yrs ago (4/13/2005 UTC) at A mailbox in town in Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands -- Controlled Releases



My husband is mailing this book as I type this release note. I'm sending the book back to allbookedup. I hope it reaches you safely!

Journal Entry 22 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Sunday, April 24, 2005
When I came home from my holiday today, the book was waiting on my table.
It is my second bookring ever to return home so far.
The book still looks OK :-) so maybe I will release it soon.

Thanks for sending it back to me and thanks for the postcard, dutch-flybaby!

Journal Entry 23 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Friday, January 06, 2006
This sad little book sat on my shelf for some months now, so I thought I should send it out into the world (again).

I am sending the book to Fluffy-Owl in the UK tomorrow!

Journal Entry 24 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 24, 2006
I went up to college yesterday, and there were four books waiting for me in the pigeon hole, felt so popular! Hope to get round to reading it soon, as I enjoyed the last Atwood book I read. Thank you again, allbookedup, for sending it to me!

Journal Entry 25 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Monday, May 01, 2006
I've just read some of the comments people have already written and I'm surprised that it hasn't been more popular, as it's one of the best Atwood books I've read. I really liked the way in which the lives of the older Elaine and the younger Elaine were portrayed and the way that something in either the past or the present had direct relevance to the other. I remember being a little girl and it's a surprisingly accurate portrayal of the ways in which girls can play. I really enjoyed it.

Will offer it up on a suitable BookRelay soon.

Released 13 yrs ago (7/20/2006 UTC) at Caffe Nero, King's Parade OBCZ in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom



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