Cat's Eye

by Margaret Atwood | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 7678300595 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Panzeranzi of Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on 3/11/2006
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Panzeranzi from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Saturday, March 11, 2006
"Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories."
(http://www.randomhouse.com/features/atwood/index.html)


This book reminds me a lot about my own childhood.

#199 "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

Journal Entry 2 by Mariabokmal from Malmö, Skåne Sweden on Monday, July 17, 2006
Från Panzeranzi på BC-träffen i Wadköping (Örebro) den 15/7 2006!

Journal Entry 3 by Mariabokmal from Malmö, Skåne Sweden on Thursday, November 9, 2006
A sometimes sad book, what with the helplessness of Elaine, especially in her childhood. The terrible goings-on among the kids make me shudder, I'm happy to be grown up... Elaíne gets through her helplessness and that's hopeful!

Journal Entry 4 by Mariabokmal at By mail in RABCK, Release Challenge -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, December 2, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (12/4/2006 UTC) at By mail in RABCK, Release Challenge -- Controlled Releases

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Someone has made a wish for this book, so in the mail it goes!

Part of the BookCrossing’s Scandinavian Forum release challenge Advent Calender 2006!
See http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/31/3980412/25.

Journal Entry 5 by wingDeepswampwing from Björkhagen, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, December 4, 2006
It´s like christmas, I´ve got a book! Thanks, It made my day!

Journal Entry 6 by wingDeepswampwing from Björkhagen, Stockholm Sweden on Saturday, January 27, 2007
Nu börjar jag snart, tänker ta hjälp av radioföljetongen.
http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/P1/program/index.asp?programID=1111

Journal Entry 7 by wingDeepswampwing from Björkhagen, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, April 9, 2007
Spännande, jag har lyssnat på radioföljetongen och läst. Ibland lyssnat först och läst avsnittet efteråt, ibland gjort tvärtom. Någon gång läst samtidigt som jag lyssnat!
I have read this and listen to the swedish radioserial, that was great and gave the story a special experience.

"I go to the bar, ask for another glass of wine. It´s better quality than the rotgut we used to buy for such affairs.
I walk the room, surrounded by the time I´ve made; wich is only a blur, the moving edge we live in; which is fluid, which turns back on upon itself, like a wawe. I may have thought I was preserving something from time, salvaging something; like all those painters, centuries ago, who thought they were bringing Heaven to earth, the revelations of God, the eternal stars, only to have their slabs of wood and plaster stolen, mislaid, burnt, hacked to pieces, destroyed by rot and mildew.
A leaky ceiling, a match and some kerosene would finish all this off. Why does this thought present itself to me, not as a fear but as a temtation?"

Released 14 yrs ago (4/14/2007 UTC) at Ex-OBCZ Capasca, Vasagatan 15-17 in Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden

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In the bookshelf at Capasca.

Journal Entry 9 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Hittade boken i hyllan på Capasca på Vasagatan. Kommer självklart att släppa den vidare när jag läst den. Eftersom den är på engelska tänker jag komplettera med en engelsk etikett bredvid den svenska ifall den reser utomlands.

Journal Entry 10 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Sunday, February 17, 2008
This book has been waiting for me to read it for very long now. I still want to read it, but I'll start a bookring first, and then start reading it when it comes back to me.

Bookring: (I may rearrange the order of the ring according to the members' shipping preferences)

1. auroradormita (Denmark)
2. Brujula (France, pref. Europe)
3. Caroley (UK, can ship anywhere)
4. arturogrande (UK, can ship anywhere)
5. mucker28 (UK, can ship anywhere)
6. Carelaisa (Canada, pref. North America)
7. ChiBoiler (US, can ship anywhere)

Etc...

And then back to me! :-D

Journal Entry 11 by Gealach at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 25, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (10/27/2008 UTC) at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Sent to auroradormita in Denmark

Journal Entry 12 by auroradormita from Kirkkonummi, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, November 1, 2008
I got this in the mail today, and am already half-way through with it! Good book...

***EDIT***

I finally got around to writing about what I thought of the book, here: http://christa89.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/cats-eye-margaret-atwood/

Journal Entry 13 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Wednesday, November 12, 2008
found yesterday in the mail. Thank you.

Journal Entry 14 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Thursday, January 8, 2009
I've really enjoyed this book. I smiled when Elaine described the early years of her childhood, felt bad with her when she was being bullied by her so called friends...
Margaret Atwood manages to write very different books, but her characters always are very realistic, when you turn the last page of the book you feel like you know them for real.

Thank you very much for sharing this.

And now, to the next reader!

Journal Entry 15 by Brujula at on Friday, January 16, 2009

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mailed to the next participant

Journal Entry 16 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Received today thanks!

The post office had done their worst to the envelope as it was ripped very badly. However, thanks to the sturdy padded evelope used by Brujula, the book survived intact.

Thanks for sending it Brujula and thanks Gealach for starting the ring :)

Journal Entry 17 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, January 24, 2009
Very different to the other two Atwood's that I've read, but like them, very enjoyable.

I liked the pace of it. I tend to read a lot of adventure/thriller novels so it was good to read something that just ambled along.

Next person PMd. As soon as I have their address I'll get this in the post.

Journal Entry 18 by Caroley at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, January 26, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (1/26/2009 UTC) at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Posted today.

Journal Entry 19 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thanks very much. I've got a couple of rings ahead of this one, but I'm planning on getting to it quickly.

Journal Entry 20 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 16, 2009
I've read quite a few Margaret Attwood books and enjoyed them, but I think this one is my favourite. Some of the characters Atwood writes about can be a bit cold and distant, but I think Elaine Risley is a lot warmer and seems much more human and three-dimensional. I like the framing device used for the story - Elaine returns to Toronto, the city of her birth, for a retrospective exhibition of her work. It is there that memories of her childhood and adolescence start to resurface, intercut with the present day.
I thought the bullying Elaine suffered at the hands of her friends was very well done. Writers sometimes have a tendancy to go over the top when writing about bullying, making young characters do horrific things for the sake of the story. This bullying is a lot more realistic - constant criticism mixed in with the terror of not fitting in.
Nothing dramatic really happens (like most lives) and Elaine almost drifts into her life as a painter, rather than having some big dramatic thing happen which sets her on that course.

Thanks you, Gealach for starting this ring, and everyone else for passing it along. Mucker28 seems to have disappeared, so it's now on its way to Carelaisa, who, quite fittingly, lives in Canada.

Journal Entry 21 by wingcarelaisawing from Québec, Québec Canada on Thursday, April 23, 2009
rec'd this morning. I have another ring to read before this one but I'll try to be quick and have the book moved to the next participant within a month.

Thanks to Gealach for starting this ring ans sharing this book with us and to arturogrande for sending it my way.

Journal Entry 22 by wingcarelaisawing from Québec, Québec Canada on Friday, May 15, 2009
It’s quite fascinating as a story, though it took me a while to get into it. But once I was into the story, I wanted to know how it would end. I quite liked the fact that she took art to illustrate a part of the character’s life & story and as always, we find the author’s particular writing style in this book. Overall, a good read but not my fave book by Margaret Atwood.

I have the address of the next participant and will mail the book next week.

EDIT: sent today, May 20th, to the next participant, ChiBoiler, via airmail!

Journal Entry 23 by ChiBoiler from Bargersville, Indiana USA on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This book arrived today. I have one ray in front of it, but this will be next up!

Journal Entry 24 by ChiBoiler from Bargersville, Indiana USA on Friday, June 12, 2009
This is the 5th book by Margaret Atwood that I have read and it amazes me how different they all are. I have been pretty evenly split about loving/hating them and this one was a good one. I enjoyed the story line (although the horrible little girls began to creep me out). I did feel like not a whole lot happened. Just the story of a woman's life.

Would recommend. Will be passing this book on to angela861 when I see her next.

Journal Entry 25 by ChiBoiler at Chicago, Illinois USA on Sunday, June 14, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (6/14/2009 UTC) at Chicago, Illinois USA

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releasing to angela861 today

Journal Entry 26 by angela861 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Sunday, June 14, 2009
I received this from ChiBoiler today. I'll read it and return it home soon. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 27 by angela861 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Thursday, July 9, 2009
I've read other books by Atwood and really enjoyed them. I had a hard time getting into this one. I liked the stories from her childhood but felt that she herself became a huge bully. I began to feel sorry for the mean girls. I also had a hard time when she flashed to the present. I really didn't like her much by then. I'm glad I got to read this one. It is very different from the others I've read.

Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 28 by angela861 at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Thursday, July 9, 2009

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The book is on its way home! Thanks again for sharing!!

Journal Entry 29 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Monday, July 13, 2009
Arrived safely today! :-D
Now I'm going to read it and then send it back to Panzeranzi! :-D

Journal Entry 30 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Saturday, February 20, 2010
I don't think I'll ever read this, actually. Sending it back to Panzeranzi :-D

Journal Entry 31 by Panzeranzi from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tack!! =)

It's lovely to have the book again!

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