Cat's Eye

Paperback, 421 pages

English language

Published Jan. 3, 1997 by Virago Press.

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5 stars (3 reviews)

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years.

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The genius of Atwood!

5 stars

I've had Cat's Eye on my bookshelf for ages and have been saving it as I absolutely love Margaret Atwood books. We bought several at the same time and this is the last of them. Need to go searching out some more now! Cat's Eye tells of the bullying relationship between two young girls in 1940s and 1950s Toronto. I was fascinated by the wealth of detail given about life for children in this period, especially by how much of their school day was remarkably similar to mine in 1970s and 1980s Britain! There are several child and adult characters portrayed and all are wonderfully real people. Our heroine, Elaine, jumps back and forth in time as she revisits her childhood trying to discover what events back then define the person she is now. I particularly enjoyed reading this discovery even though some is quite harrowing. The authenticity of her …

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It was difficult for me to get in the story. But once I get in, I have enjoyed it a lot.
It talks about childhood and about getting old. About insecurity and impostor syndrome. The importance of the past in our present selves. About feminism and how to conciliate this with the rest of our life. The author doesn't get to a conclusion, she just show that there are other people struggling with the same problems as you.

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