E–book/E–pub [Dancing Girls] · Margaret Atwood
E–book/E–pub Dancing Girls · Margaret Atwood
Writing effective short stories is probably difficult than writing effective novels You have very little space you have to create viable breathing characters in paragraphs instead of chapters you have to weigh every word and know that it is essential or it must go and you must convey something important an idea a thought that lasts or has impact Margaret Atwood does that like it is a science I m not generally a fan of short stories They seem too often to leave me feeling as if there is to the story if only the author had had the time and pages to flesh it out Atwood seldom left me with that feeling in this collection although I admit to loving some of the stories and feeling a little confused about othersThe ones I lovedBetty Almost a coming of age tale with the adolescent narrator who doesn t uite understand the world of the grown ups that she observes Betty is So I hand it to him and he s very obliging he twists the top off and hands it back to me and I suirt him in the eye I hope you don t think that s too vicious Come to think of it it is a bit mean especially when he was so polite and all I prefer Atwood s novels to her short stories but I ve had this book for eons and figured it was time to ead it And sure enough I was nonplussed by most of the stories hated a few and enjoyed fewer stillThe overall mood was definitely depressing the attitude cynical and if the pieces eflect Atwood s then opinions of elationships she considered all men to be cheating deadbeats and women to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown Several stories eminded me of dreams disjointed with people and places suddenly shifting so that you wonder if she s still talking about the same time period or character And several stories seemed to be cut off a couple of sentences before the end I d turn the page but thenMany of the stories dealt with young women and their first jobs first apartments first lovers and first babies which is to be expected given that this was one of her earliest books comprised of stories originally printed in various magazines and periodicals at the start of her career One can assume she was struggling to find her way as a young author in the midst of 70s feminism with not much hope yet for a happy and balanced elationshipI can t say I loved this collection but it was interesting to get a glimpse of Margaret Atwood in her formative years as an author I ead this short story because Margaret Atwood and because of the catchy title Going into it I was sure I knew what a ape fantasy is but the main character Estelle got me so confused that I googled itAccording to the almighty Wikipedia a ape fantasy sometimes ape play or a avishment is a sexual fantasy involving imagining or pretending being coerced or coercing another into sexua. Dancing Girls is Margaret Atwood’s highly praised first collection of short fiction In it she explores the dark intricacies of the mind the complexities of human elationships and the clashes between cultures In the stories the mundane and the bizarre.
L activity And that s exactly what I thought it is So I m not sure why Estelle doesn t seem to understand that All her fantasies are far from sexual not even mildly arousing Her imagined apists all end up to be uite pathetic men in need of comforting or psychiatric help This marvellous collection of short stories brings together the stories of men and women but of course it is the women who Atwood finds fascinating and interesting our motivations our drives our desires mostly unspoken but made manifest by actions Normally I m a big fan of Margaret Atwood s work but there were a lot of elements in Dancing Girls which didn t appeal to me There s a general tone of immaturity and of experimentation and only a few of the stories actually ead like they were written by the famous and noteworthy Margaret Atwood The est felt like they could have been written by anyone in the 1970s who liked to play around with perspective and toneThe pieces I liked were When it Happens Polarities The Resplendent uetz A fascinating short story that both confronts and subverts ape culture through a wandering uncouth narrator In Rape Fantasies our protagonist Estelle discusses ape fantasies with her coworkers and soon ealizes that none of their ideas have anything to do with actual ape While her coworkers dream of consensual encounters Estelle imagines stories in which she ends up subduing andor sympathizing with her attacker because he gets his zipper stuck or has a cold or fights leprosy Atwood employs her signature cutting and ironic voice to make eaders uestion how we all discuss sexual assault both to each other and within ourselvesEstelle also serves as a fascinating character study Her convoluted stream of thought consciousness complicates Rape Fantasies and adds another layer of subterfuge to the piece I feel like literary types and feminists alike could spend hours dissecting this piece while Atwood does not make her ultimate message super clear to us she does force us to dissect the ways in which we imagine or how we judge the imaginations of others She published this several years ago so good for her for shedding light on a subject so often stigmatized in our society to the great cost of sexual assault survivors Dancing Girls 0 553 37791 4This collection of Atwood short stories includes The War in the Bathroom When It Happens The Man from Mars A Travel Piece Polarities The Resplendent uetzal Under Glass Training The Grave of the Famous Poet Lives of Poets Dancing Girls Hair Jewelry Giving Birth Rape Fantasies Betty The Sin EaterThese stories are classic Atwood material the stories explore pain in modern elationships and the ennui that sets into modern life and leaves people feeling deeply sad yet unable to explain their sadness In the face. Intersect in unexpected ways ex wives indulge in an odd feast at a psychiatrist’s funeral; a young student is pursued by an obsessed immigrant; an old woman stores up supplies against an impending cataclysm The fourteen stories ange in setting from.
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Of material security socially acceptable elationships and jobs and owning lavish goods and homes why do we still feel so sad Other stories carefully examine mental deterioration whether mental illness The War in the Bathroom as the main character slowly seems to spiral into dementia or severe strain brought on by unusual circumstances A Travel Piece Atwood posits that in the face of complete breakdown a part of us still hangs onto our familiar outines even when hanging on seems absurd Whether this absurd cling to the familiar helps to maintain our sanity or whether it merely hastens the descent into madness is never made clear Ana Mardoll The only thing that saves this from the one star category is the fact that I can imaging my creative writing professors at Rochester assigning these sorts of short stories because they are ight in line with all of the ones I ead for class I would ead and become a bit excited near the end of the first third of the story hoping with a bit of anticipation that now after this confusion and meandering everything will add up and lead to something beautiful or horrendous or at least meaningful But after finishing the second third of the story I finally ealize that no the first third was exactly what was going to happen throughout and I would be destined to finish the story without finding any purpose to it at all but I would finish it anyway because I had already invested time and energy in the first two thirds and darn it if there was some surprise at the end that made everything make sense I didn t want to be such a lazy eader that I would miss itBut I arely missed anything And so after trying four or five stories in Dancing Girls I eturned it to the library I ll look for a novel the next time I decide to delve into Atwood How about it girls do you have ape fantasies Atwood is one of the authors who has a cheeky tone talking about ape and manages to get away with it in fact I kinda like her for it She hits the title exactly where it should Rape fantasies are for the most part an oxymoron The narrator in this story is a smart woman Smart and tough She is called a worry wart but she prefers knowing what she would do in an emergency She has a sharp wit And her ape fantasies are I feel weird even thinking about this word hilarious The last lines hit a nerve it is unimaginableAnd what she talks about a fantasy In a eal ape fantasy what you should feel is this anxiety like when you think about your apartment building catching on fire and whether you should use the elevator or the stairs or maybe just stick your head under a wet towel and you try to emember everything you ve ead about what to do but you can t decideYou see a combination of Atwood and Rape Fantasies that s a story you cannot miss. Canada to England from Mexico to the United States and portray characters who touch us and arouse in us compassion and understanding In this astonishing collection Margaret Atwood maps human motivation we scarcely know we have From the Hardcover edition.
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario uebec and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe CollegeThroughout her writing career Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry childr