Bluebeard's Egg

Bluebeard's Egg

Margaret Atwood / Dec 11, 2019

Bluebeard s Egg By turns humorous and warm stark and frightening Bluebeard S Egg glows with childhood memories the reality of parents growing old and the casual cruelty men and women inflict on each other Here is

  • Title: Bluebeard's Egg
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN: 9780385491044
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • By turns humorous and warm, stark and frightening, Bluebeard S Egg glows with childhood memories, the reality of parents growing old, and the casual cruelty men and women inflict on each other Here is the familiar outer world of family summers at remote lakes, winters of political activism, and seasons of exotic friends, mundane lives, and unexpected loves But here too iBy turns humorous and warm, stark and frightening, Bluebeard S Egg glows with childhood memories, the reality of parents growing old, and the casual cruelty men and women inflict on each other Here is the familiar outer world of family summers at remote lakes, winters of political activism, and seasons of exotic friends, mundane lives, and unexpected loves But here too is the inner world of hidden places and all that emerges from them the intimately personal, the fantastic, the shockingly realwhether it s what lives in a mysterious locked room or the secret feelings we all conceal In this dramatic and far ranging collection, Margaret Atwood proves why she is a true master of the genre.

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      • Margaret Atwood

        Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman 1970 , The Handmaid s Tale 1983 , The Robber Bride 1994 , Alias Grace 1996 , and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000 Atwood s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003 The Tent mini fictions and Moral Disorder short stories both appeared in 2006 Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007 Her non fiction book, Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009 Ms Atwood s work has been published in than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian In 2004 she co invented the Long Pen TM.Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson Associations Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N Canadian Centre English Speaking from 1984 1986 She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International Ms Atwood is also a current Vice President of PEN International.


    1. If someone were to ask me to encapsulate Margaret Atwood's writing style in three sentences or less, I would show them the first two lines of the first story in Bluebeard's Egg: "When my mother was very small, someone gave her a basket of baby chicks for Easter. They all died."BOOM. Welcome to Margaret Atwood, motherfuckers. You're going to like it here. Oh, and happy Easter.I've only read a few of Atwood's short story collections, and I never find them quite as satisfying as her novels - I pref [...]

    2. How I saw Sex And The City 2 after reading Bluebeard's EggCarrie wonders why she's so unhappy. She's spent her life pursuing excess, and now she's acquired everything on her list. She's a famous writer. She shares a beautiful apartment in the best part of Manhattan with the handsome, successful man she spent years snaring into marriage. She's got a walk-in closet full of expensive designer shoes. She eats out most evenings at the city's finest restaurants, and attends its most exclusive parties. [...]

    3. I enjoyed all of these short stories! And I'm so happy to be able to write that, because the last few short story collections I've read, have been quite disappointing, with just one or two stories each that was really good. But Atwood gives you quality all the way.Her short stories are very character driven. They are not necessarily heavy on plot, but you get to know some very interesting characters and relationships. It's easy to get into each new story, it rarely took me more than a page or tw [...]

    4. No more short story collections for me. If I'm going to read a short story or a novella I'm going to cherry pick them and not read the whole book , ie I have The birds and other stories by Daphne Du Maurier, I'm only going to read The birds. I think my problem with them is that they can be so hit and miss. I like a couple in this book but that's not enough really. Also I like to immerse myself in the story, get to know the characters etc and the only time I've done that with short stories is wit [...]

    5. I have only read the short story "BlueBeard's Egg" so far, here is what I thought.Within the pages of “BlueBeard's Egg” by Margaret Atwood we are introduced into a world of metafiction and intertexuality. Atwood spins the retelling of the fairytale of BlueBeard's Egg for the reader. Atwood does this through the narration of the man character Sally. Atwood wanders down the path of the complexities of the ordinary life, through the inner narration of the main character Sally. Atwood's main lit [...]

    6. There was once a request for a day's absence from office that went like this :My wife delivered baby. As I am the only father, I request you to declare holiday today !!This at a moment of insane happiness is what a father wrote to his boss asking for a day off ! What should ideally have been written as :I am now a proud father. I would like to take a day off and spend time with my family in this time of happiness.This became something totally different in the hands of another English user didn't [...]

    7. This collection of short stories has come to represent “comfort” reads to me. Many of them feel quite autobiographical and realistic, with contemplative notes. Included are musings on (her?) parents, (her?) childhood, motherhood, and gender roles. They seem to have roots sunk deep in the reality of memory and nostalgia. There was none of the touch of surrealism I think I’ve detected in some of her other work, and yet also no grim reality either. I highly recommend this!

    8. Point me to the nearest Lesbian Separatist Feminist Commune, will you? What a lot of heterosexual angst this book has. The male characters are cads and the women are in love with them and unhappy. I realize this is a book of its time, and the stories are about realistic women in realistic situations, but it has not aged well. Or maybe I just don't care for Margaret Atwood's writing. All of the stories were depressing except the last one, which was more of a personal memory and very sweet and lov [...]

    9. If you're a woman, and you're having a shitty relationship with a man, this book will either depress the hell out of you or it will make you feel better to know that someone else knows how it feels to be a woman in a shitty relationship.But not every story was centered around relationships between women and men. "Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother" and "Unearthing Suite" focus on parents seen through the eyes of their progeny. It's interesting to note how the entire book which largely [...]

    10. Maravilhoso, como sempre ❤️ Acho que foi meu livro de contos preferido dela (e top 5 livros de contos já lidos). Recomendado!

    11. sigh. this book is why there is a tv show about 1960s ad agencies in new york and not a tv show about 70s era canadian hippies. canadians aren't always terribly exciting and the me generation wasn't necessarily as earthshatteringly special as books like this would like you to think.disconnected tales of disconnected souls in toronto, a city undesigned in order to be disconnecting and dislocatedke most things canadian, it bashes capitalism and shies away from being blatantly sexy. I say this beca [...]

    12. I am soooooo happy right now. Not because the book is finally over, but because I am fulfilled by the very reading of it. This touching book is 13 of me. 13 beautiful, amazing, perfectly-shaped pictures of a woman I know as self and as friend and as human. Soft electric humanity. I. Love. It.

    13. I loved Atwood from the very first short story I read from her. I just connected with her on so many levels and she kinda pictured above he human nature, specifically the females, in its true form, ugly and beautiful both at the same time. I couldn't finish this book, but I'd one day get back to it. I'm sure.

    14. Bluebeard's Egg / 0-385-49104-2This collection of Atwood stories includes:- Significant Moments in the Life of my Mother- Hurricane Hazel- Loulou- Uglypuss- Betty- Bluebeard's Egg- Spring Song of the Frogs- Scarlet Ibis- The Salt Garden- The Sin Eater- The Sunrise- Unearthing SuiteMost of the stories revolve around the superb Atwood device of women in comfortable, "correct" lives, yet who are unbearably sad and alone. Many of these women have relationships outside of themselves - husbands, lover [...]

    15. Atwood has a way of letting readers peer into her characters' minds as they go about their days. Nothing was extremely exciting or crazy but that's why I loved this collection of short stories- I have a thing for simplicity. I think it's something special when an author can make an average human into something interesting and unique, and it reminds me that everyone has a mind that is constantly thinking. I particularly enjoyed Bluebeard's Egg, The Salt Garden, and Significant Moments in the Life [...]

    16. it was very good, my favorites were bluebeard’s egg and the sun eater and my least favorite was loulou. unearthing suite reminded me of my grandparents weirdly and made me cry. this makes me want to write short stories even though i haven’t written anything in years and haven’t written a short story maybe ever

    17. The first story in this book mostly revolves around the narrators mother. Right off the bat you can tell there is a feminist undertone. But while super radical feminism can be annoying. I found this story and others to follow more inspiring and did not showcase viscous feminism but shed light upon realistic female struggles.Atwood tells stories about a different time in history, when the roles of men and women differed drastically and a divide existed between the two sexes.The Second story is ab [...]

    18. This is only the second Atwood work I've read, though I've got several in the queue for possible use on my thesis. In comparison to The Handmaid's Tale (perhaps cliche, but that's where I got started), this collection of shorts certainly doesn't hold itself up too well. I enjoyed them quite a bit, but they were a bit inconsistent and somehow missing the magic I felt "THT" had. I think Atwood pinpoints the problem in the last story, when her narrator notes that "it will mean action, a thing I avo [...]

    19. Don't be fooled by the title, for these short stories aren't exactly reinterpretations of classic fairy tales - at least not in the same style as, say, Anne Sexton's Transformations. Atwood's collection is modern, and each story centers on male/female relations - often failed ones. "Puss in Boots" becomes "Uglypuss," with all of the sexual connotations such a name implies. Bluebeard's secret lies behind a door we don't wish to open.Atwood's writing is so well-crafted. Perhaps it's the poet in he [...]

    20. En ollut aikaiseemin lukenut Atwoodilta novelleja, mutta mielestäni tämä novellikokoelma on toiseksi paras, mitä Atwoodilta olen lukenut. Heti Sokean surmaajan jälkeen tietysti.Novellit ovat yhtä aikaa absurdeja ja arkisia ja ehkä sen takia onnistuvat tavoittamaan oudompia samaistuttavia tuntemuksia. Esimerkiksi Betty-novellissa kertoja tuntee huonoa omatuntoa siitä, että pitää karismaattisesta, tosin ilkeästä miehestä enemmän eikä tämän aina ystävällisestä ja herttaisesta v [...]

    21. This is a difficult book to describe well. It is about women in heterosexual environments. Some of the characters are lovers/wives, sometimes they are women regarding the way that their mothers (or other women close to them) handle themselves. Some of them seem like they will be pathetic, but are actually very easy to sympathize with. Some of them are very strong and lovable, like LouLou and Yvonne and Emma. This book is about the frustrating (mainly crappy) relationships that they are in or nea [...]

    22. The language and moment-to-moment observations in these stories are great, and there are some really creative characters (notably Loulou from "Loulou; or the Domestic Life of the Language"), but some aspects of these stories start to seem perverse after a bit. There is never any resolution, never even any particularly momentous action. These are quality problems in the sense that they're the problems of a thoughtful writer, but in resisting the deformations of storytelling convention, they make [...]

    23. disappointed! so many of the stories revolve around women who are entangled in crappy relationships with crappy guys! stop! give me interesting women, exciting women, imaginative scornful women, women who don't give a damn! i don't want women who stick with cads in lousy arrangements! if this is to be a reflection of real life then i despair (and most of the stories really do read with a horrifyingly placid sort of reality)of course the prose was excellent and the tone was consistent but nothing [...]

    24. Atwood never disappoints and I say as as someone who rarely enjoys a book of short stories. But she's brilliant, as always. Perhaps too much so, as some of the stories struck me so intensely and personally that it triggered layer upon layer of anxiety. I lost sleep, I kept thinking of the similarities between character experiences and my own parallel life experiences. The story of Uglypuss really upset me. VERY well written but every story had a bit of a dark edge and I lost myself to that darkn [...]

    25. My favorite, favorite book of her short stories, and my go-to book for comfort food. Favorite story: Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother. The stories here feel so much more tender than her later stories; more about being a woman than a feminist, although feminism still prevails; it's not as strident and overbearing as it is in The Handmaid's Tale.

    26. How the heck does she do it? There are entire worlds in each story within this collection, and each one has something in it that speaks directly to my heart. Atwood is one of the only authors for whom I break out my highlighter--I know I will need to revisit certain passages. I want to copy them down on paper and give them to my loved ones: "Here, read this and understand me."

    27. I've tried to read this book at least three times. The first two stories are good, the third one annoys me. I don't know about any of the others because I have to read short stories in the order presented or something really bad might happen.

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