I’ve always found Margaret Atwood to be one of those writer’s whose work is more famous than the actual writer; Although very famous, a lot of people can’t name her even those who claim to love The Handmaid’s Tale. However, she is one of my favorite writers and as I grow older she’s become more and more relevant and important in my life. I’ve read quite a few of her books and none of them have disappointed me so far(a lot of her characters’ choices have but that’s another story).
Cat’s Eye is a book I’ve had on my TBR list for years, and finally, this year I picked it up. At first it was quite slow I have to admit, it took a while for me to get through the first 100 pages of the book but as soon as it started picking up I couldn’t put it up. The book narrates the story of Elaine, a painter who while visiting Toronto for her newest exhibition recalls all of her life experiences that led her to that moment, and to the themes her paintings are about If you have read Atwood’s work before you can see how her characters (always women) have flaws and pain that are relevant to today’s women. That’s where I can’t put her work down. As I grow up I can’t relate more and more to the women she writes about and Elaine was no exception. In a big part of her story she remembers a very toxic friendship she had with three girls in middle school that while she seems to put behind and block the memories themselves she still deals with the trauma and pain that relationship caused her. The story moves on to her getting older and more adult problems also portraying the memories and experiences of a changing and increasing society that reflects what everybody go through while getting older.