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About the writer and writing by Margaret Atwood - Books review: Cryptical reflections of a literature star
One of the greats of the world of letters, Margaret Atwood must have a magic mystery we can work out? Atwood seems to come from obscure, unfathomable regions: Bourgesian self-division ("The very act of the letter divides the self into two parts"); the gnomish ("Where is the history? The history is in the dark"); the mythical ("writing ..... is writing? by the wish to make the dangerous journey to the underworld").
On the run, the essay seems to show the reader how Frankenstein fled from his beast. After she buys her ledgers and queues to have them autographed, the deserving creature is dissatisfied and longing for greater intimacies. "Don't look at the author's facsimile, which appears in talkshows, newspapers and suchlike.
Atwood' s literature essays bring all the rigorous craftsmanship she shows in her own notion. The On Writers is often hilariously funny. Getting to know an writer is like "wanting to see a canard because you like pâté". Nevertheless, she says little about the pleasure of her work.
A Diane Chamberlain on literature and literature
Talked to Diane Chamberlain, the best-selling writer of The Stolen Marriage and one of our favourites. Diane Chamberlain's latest work, The Stolen Marriage, is now available in pocket. Have you got a favored textbook or a favored writer? I' ll always be loving E.B. White's children's Charlotte's Web.
It was the first thing that became clear to me that a person could make a history that made the reader smile, cry and touch, and I knew then that I wanted to be a novelist. What is the most recommended reading for your mates?
It' not fear, but a captivating, extremely amusing history of travelling through the ages. What is it that makes you cry? What is the most popular textbook you have read? It' such a straightforward but brillantly narrated tale. Do you have a work you would have liked to have published? The thing I like about this work is that the storyline is compelling and profound, but it' s composed in a way that can readily appeal to many different people.
Who' d be in your favorite readers' lounge? I' m actually in my favorite textbook place. I' m living in a relatively small area and almost all the ladies - about forty of us - are members of the group. We have a variety of background information, which leads us to beautiful and instructive debates about the volumes we are reading and reading once a months.