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Surfacing
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a young woman who returns to northern Quebec, to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realize that going home means entering not only another place, but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she discovers that what she is really searching for is her own past. Permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose, Surfacing has grown in reputation as a novel unique in modern literature for its mythic exploration of one womans spiritual pilgrimage.
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Mtroiano
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Lazy Saturday morning 📚

mcipher I‘d like to have a lazy Saturday morning in that book cover! So gorgeous. 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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These are the books I'm thinking of for #LMPBC, I'll tag the rest in the comments. Let me know if you've read any of them!

@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Tianarose @ShelleyBooksie

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Tianarose Haven‘t read any of them. 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I haven't read any either. 12mo
ShelleyBooksie I have not read any and they all sound fantastic. 12mo
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Meaw_catlady
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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@CindyRene @AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch
These four are under 400 pages and on my TBR. Which one would y‘all be interested in? There‘s some diversity here.

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mrsmarch Pirate King or Good Omens! 12mo
Meaw_catlady @mrsmarch Good Omens is my top choice because I want to read it before the show comes out! 🖤 12mo
AnneFindsJoy Good Omens would be great, I have wanted to get to that! I‘ve read Daughter of Pirate King (and sequel) and LOVED it!!! 12mo
Meaw_catlady @AnneFindsJoy yay! It‘s looking like Good Omens! Seems like a great book to get all our perspectives on. I‘m excited for this ! 🙌🏻 12mo
CindyRene Good Omens sounds good! 👍😀 12mo
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Skeebies05
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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1. I think I may have been too young when I read this. I was in high school. It got chucked across my bedroom. I gave it to my Senior English teacher.
2. A mixture
3. In college during a women‘s studies class. The Prof asked what are some things that are inherited but not genetic. I proudly shouted Type II diabetes! ( she meant things like politics and preferences) 🤦🏽‍♀️
4. Rain and grass
5. Pale Blue Golden State
#friyayintro

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merelybookish
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A line from Atwood every Canadian knows.
#50wordsforsnow #winterwonderland @trishb @cinfhen

vivastory Well played! 1y
TrishB Very cool 😎 1y
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Cinfhen @KarenUK posted something similar and I wonder which author came first?!? Either way both quotes are beautiful xx 1y
andrew61 One of the new yorker podcasts recently was a Margaret atwood short story in which a widow on a cruise, meets a man she had gone to prom with 40+ yrs before, in the Arctic stop amidst the snow she exacts revenge - its a great story but definitely in contradiction to the quote 😂 1y
batsy Nice 🙌🏽 1y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
merelybookish @andrew61 Maybe Atwoods own feelings about snow have changed as she's aged. 1y
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Tereses
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Love an interesting inscription #secondhand #garagesalefind

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Tereses
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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A Canadian novel for my train journey Toronto to Ottawa

ephemeralwaltz Looks vintage! 1y
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Lcsmcat
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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I started rearranging my books today, slowly, first by: fiction, author‘s last name starts with A. Here‘s Abbey through Atwood done! My problem is the constraints of home bookshelves, and the mix of hard backs and paperbacks. How do you shelve your books? Separate paperbacks from hardbacks and then alphabetize? I only want to do this once. 😂
I‘d love to hear how you do it, and see a pic of your shelves! Use #littenlibraries & tag me.

Lcsmcat Fear not Janeites- my Austen‘s are all on my “beautiful bindings” shelf and I don‘t intend to mix those with my more pedestrian covers. 😊 2y
Amiable I have a sorting system that exists only inside my head. I have books in groups that make sense to me: a shelf of childhood favorites, a shelf with books signed by the authors, nonfiction sorted by categories (medical, history, biographies, etc.), fiction that I've read, fiction to be read, etc. and so on. My husband just stands in front of the bookcase and looks helpless until I take the book from his hand and put it in the right spot. 😄 (edited) 2y
TheSpineView I have three separate areas for book. Non fiction together, signed books, then fiction and all are Alphabetically by author regardless of paperback or hard cover. It works for my since of organization. Choose the way that works for you. 2y
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Lcsmcat @Amiable That‘s how mine was. Things would be shelved according to when I bought them, or when I planned to read them. But I‘m getting too old for that and I couldn‘t find things I KNEW I owned. 2y
AshleyHoss820 I have mine separated into categories first. My 1,001 Books are alphabetical by title. Then my non-fiction are alphabetical by author. My books that are part of a series are alphabetical by series title. Then I have all my paperbacks together, followed by my trades, followed by my hardbacks. All alphabetical by author. 😊 2y
Daisey I completely get this dilemma! I have a handful of different shelves I‘ve collected over time and some are really short which limits the books I can put on them. I want mostly fiction by author and nonfiction by subject, but it never works out that easily. So, at the moment, mostly chaos! 2y
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MargaretPinardAuthor
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Wow. Was that a crazy trip or what!?! Lots of great quotes, ambiguous ending, and questions that will keep ringing in my head...#teaandscones #cuppa #teabreak

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HighLadyoftheStacks
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
Pickpick

I love Atwood and I love settings that take over your mind and body. I will say this book isn‘t for everyone for a lot of reasons, but I was in need of a quick literary read. #surfacing

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GatheringBooks
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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#RiotGrams Day 22: This seems apt for #BookThatShouldBeAdapted seeing how practically all of Atwood‘s novels have been so spectacularly well done from The Handmaid‘s Tale to Alias Grace.

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whatsthEStorey
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Figure skating, a bulldog, and Margaret Atwood. An unlikely combination. #dogsoflitsy

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mhillis
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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My international entry for #januaryjoy
I often recommend Surfacing by Margaret Atwood. Her other books may be more popular, but this is one of my favorites. It‘s a short book set in the Quebec outdoors.

Avanders My SIL just gave me that book last month! Looking forward to it! Thanks for entering! 🎆💜 2y
mhillis @Avanders Hope you enjoy it! Thank you 😊 2y
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heyitsMacall
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Pickpick

This story is under my skin. I️ love Atwood‘s writing.

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heyitsMacall
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Atmospheric. I went to the wilderness part of Canada over the summer and it‘s captured perfectly in her writing.

Jaimelire Love Margaret Atwood! As a Canadian, I have to ask when you say you went to the wilderness part of Canada, where are you referring to? Cause there is an awful lot of it😉. Just curious :) (edited) 2y
Jessicav @Jaimelire I had the exact same thought! We have much wilderness! Love this. 2y
heyitsMacall @Jaimelire @Jessicav I️ went to a cabin on Eagle Lake! We went through New York to get there; there is a lot of wilderness 😂 2y
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Jaimelire @heyitsMacall I had to look up Eagle Lake. Pictures look beautiful. That‘s what I love about Canada -I have lived here all my life, in many provinces, and I still haven‘t seen even a tiny fraction of all its natural beauty. (And we travel and hike a lot). Margaret Atwood has a way of using words that is magical, just like our wilderness. 2y
StephanieMarie This book will mess with your mind!! In a gopd way though 😂 2y
heyitsMacall @StephanieMarie yep. My mind is messed with 😂 2y
mhillis Agreed! This is my favorite Atwood 2y
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Kalalalatja
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Panpan

A woman and her friends go to look for the woman's missing father at his lake cabin in Canada. You get the feeling pretty quickly, that there are some deeper issues, but, unfortunately, I just weren't interested. The MC is just too distanced, and too #comfortablynumb regarding sexism. The writing felt pretentious and too "literary", although there were some beautiful sentences at times. All in all, it added up to a disappointment.

#Rocktober

Cinfhen Nice review..sorry the book was a pan for you😖 2y
Cinfhen And it‘s a gorgeous edition too 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen yeah... so far, the only Atwood, I have loved, has been The Handmaid's Tale. The rest have been so-so. 2y
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Cinfhen Did you read 2y
Cinfhen It was really good!!!! 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen not yet, but I think that might be the next one I'm going to try. I haven't given up yet! 🤞 2y
Cinfhen It starts slow but once you find the rhythm you won‘t be able to stop.... 2y
merelybookish I had to read this for a class a long time ago. It's made me dislike dream sequences in novels. ☺️ Atwood's early novels tend to be more poetic, less plotty. Her books from the late 80s and 90s are meatier and more expansive. Give Alias Grace a try. 2y
Kalalalatja @merelybookish thanks for the advice! 👏☺️ 2y
emilyhaldi I‘m with @Cinfhen - try Blind Assassin 💗 2y
BarbaraBB Also real good is 2y
batsy Beautiful pic! Definitely try Alias Grace or Cat's Eye or The Robber Bride. 2y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I definitely need to try them now, with all these recommendations! @batsy thank you! I have read The Robber Bride, and I liked it, but didn't really connect with it. 2y
batsy Ah, ok! Yes with RB I liked it too but there was something that I felt was missing. I've heard people say that her style can be cold sometimes, and it keeps readers at a distance. 2y
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like The Robber Bride much either. Nor Cat‘s Eye. Alias Grace is better I think. And The Blind Assassin. 2y
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Kalalalatja
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Sunday plans 👌

#currentlyreading

monalyisha Pretty edition! 2y
Jokila What a beautiful cover! 2y
emilyhaldi 💙 2y
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collegecatlady
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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About to cuddle up in bed with this one on this fine fall break day. What a beautiful cover.

Cathythoughts Looks interesting 😉 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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This Atwood (still TBR) features a daughter going #IntotheWild of northern Quebec to find her missing father. It's one of the few Atwood novels that I haven't read, and I'm sure it won't disappoint.

#BeastsGiveawayChallenge @ruthemmielang

bookishbitch I hadn't heard of this one. Will have to check it out. 3y
ruthemmielang I've never heard of this one either but it sounds interesting! 3y
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youneverarrived
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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I'm a huge fan of Margaret Atwood but I haven't read this one yet #sophomorenovels #jubilantjuly

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needleminding
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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A few #sideprofiles for #jubilantjuly 🌞

Surfacing is the only one I haven't read, and the other two are due for a reread.

Mdargusch I love the Awakening. But of course I also love books set in New Orleans and the Deep South. 3y
needleminding @Mdargusch Any recommendations for books set in/about New Orleans? 3y
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Kalalalatja
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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So. Many. New. Books! And apparantly, rather blue-themed 💙💙

#bookmail #blameitonlitsy

JenP Pretty! I love Atwood but did not like Surfacing. I will be curious to see what you think. 3y
Eyelit Wow!! 👍 3y
Mdargusch Nice! 3y
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398.2 😍 3y
TrishB Lovely 💟 3y
Kalalalatja @JenP I don't know that much about it, to be honest, but I will post a review once I have read it! 👍 3y
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thegenxmom
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood

"When it happened the first time he must have been terrified, it would be like stepping through a usual door and finding yourself in a different galaxy, purple trees and red moons and a green sun."

#quotes

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thegenxmom
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood

"I felt that would be the best way to live, in a floating house carrying everything you needed with you and some other people you liked; when you wanted to move somewhere it would be easy."

#quotes

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thegenxmom
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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"Water drops fall on the roof, down from the trees.

They follow me inside."

#quotes

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StephanieMarie
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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This book has quite the #unreliable narrator, I had no idea what was true. #maybookflowers

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Bookworm-Bobbie
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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This is my pick for #unreliablenarrators for #maybookflowers. The unnamed narrator is also the chief protagonist. We hear and see things from her point of view, including current events and memories of the past. It's a little confusing and totally unreliable. I hated this book and the narrator, but couldn't help admire Atwood's talent. Well worth a read.

Ubookquitous Another of her with unreliable narrators is 3y
Soubhiville That's exactly how I felt about it! 3y
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AvidReader25
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Browsing the stacks in Idle Hours Bookshop in South Bend, Indiana. I left with a copy of Margaret Atwood's second novel.

TheKidUpstairs I picked that one up recently at my local second hand bookstore as well! 3y
clconn17 My hometown! 3y
AvidReader25 @clconn17 No way! I was visiting for the first time. Erasmus Books was absolutely amazing! Have you been? 3y
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AvidReader25 @TheKidUpstairs Love Atwood, but I've never heard of this one. 3y
clconn17 @Avidreader25 I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't been to any used book stores there! I didn't get into buying books until recently. I used to only check things out from the library. 3y
AvidReader25 @clconn17 if you're interested, check out Erasmus Books. One of the best used bookstores I've been to in a long time! It's in a house, so it doesn't look like much from the street, but I loved it! 3y
clconn17 @Avidreader25 Next time I go back to visit, I will definitely check it out! 3y
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Merethebookgal
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Here's a couple #headlesscovers for the #photoadaynov16! And happy birthday to the amazingly talented Margaret Atwood!

TNbooklover66 That is one of my favorite of Atwood's books. 3y
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mhillis
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KarenUK Great choice 💗 3y
BookishFeminist 💯💯💯💯💯 3y
BeckyMerilatt 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
JPeterson 😍😍 3y
mhillis @KarenUK @BookishFeminist @BeckyMerilatt @JPeterson Thanks! These are some well-loved books💛💛 3y
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Ais
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Can I just say that I am SO glad I read most of Atwoods newer works first, as if this was my first foray into her writing...well I probably wouldn't have stuck it out beyond this. It's by no means a terrible read, but when you compare it to The handmaids tale or The blind assassin, it doesn't fare particularly well! I believe this was written in the '70s, and she just improved on so many levels!

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Ais
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Starting this baby tonight! Unfortunately my last read - solar bones by Mike McCormack isn't on Litsy, but if you get a chance, BUY IT! But do NOT read the blurb, go into it blind. Beautiful experimental prose, set in Ireland during the recession. I cannot recommend it enough.

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Spiderfelt
Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
Mehso-so

I first read Surfacing in '94 part of a Post-War CanLit class. Trying to fill my 'Reread' square in #bookbingonw2016, I wanted to see if I love old Margaret Atwood as much as I love her current work.

One could say the novel is cryptic, but perhaps it's full of symbols waiting to be decoded. Narrative transitions into a dream world populated by the character's personal mythology. To further complicate things, Atwood eschews conventional grammar.

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MariaGrazia
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This, above all, to refuse to be a victim. Unless I can do that I can do nothing.