I finally finished reading this! Sometimes, when a book is really good and I know that the ending is going to break my heart (in the best way), I read it in teeny-tiny intervals: nibble at it, if you will. In this case, I barely even chewed. I sped-read through the first quarter of the book and have been spreading the last hundred pages over the last 10 months. As predicted, Margaret Atwood definitely did not disappoint. This was absolutely brilliant!
In particular, below are some of the things that I absolutely enjoyed about this book (aside from, obviously, the book itself, as a whole):
Margaret Atwood is excellent with language. I love her voice, I love the simultaneous consistency and spontaneity of the form. Every image, every sentence is able to evoke a feeling, and the summation of those sentences is able to make you feel something greater, still. It’s extraordinary.
2. Point of View
In this book of hers in particular (before this, I read Wilderness Tips, The Blind Assassin and Moral Disorder), the strongest point is how she uses the 3rd person omniscient POV: she is able to weave in and out of time, and in and out of Snowman (the protagonist)’s consciousness to tell the story in the best possible way: so that at the end of every chapter, and every part you are left with a stone in your heart and still asking for more.
Despite the fact that the setting is pretty upfront and there are some pretty outrageous things that go on in this book, I love it most for its subtlety in terms of the actual plot. It reveals the vital information slowly, disguised in details, funny stories and anecdotes about day-to-day things so that when finally, you realize what is going on and where this train is headed, it’s too late.
This book was 376 pages long, and cost around Php 630.00 in the bookstore. I’d definitely give this 5 stars.
I hope you guys enjoyed this first Bout of Books update. Bout of Books is a readathon that’s going to go on until the 11th of January. Click here to see which books I plan to read for this challenge. :) Up next, I’ll be reading Dear Life by Alice Munro.
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