Feminist Friday: Surfacing

Posted 27 September, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Feminist Friday: SurfacingSurfacing by Margaret Atwood
Published by Simon and Schuster Genres: Fiction, General
Pages: 208

Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices. Surfacing is a work permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose. Here is a rich mine of ideas from an extraordinary writer about contemporary life and nature, families and marriage, and about women fragmented...and becoming whole.

Another victory by Margaret Atwood. 

Surfacing is a fantastic novel, everything from the language to the imagery to the depth and breadth of the book is amazing. I really felt like I was inside the character’s head. 

The feminist undertones are present throughout but it isn’t until the climax of the novel that you feel their full implications. There do seem to be some “anti-American” sentiments in the book, but by the end I think the Americans are more symbolic of waste and a disrespect for nature than anything else. 

Great great great book.

Tell me of your favorite Atwood novel. She’s one of my all time favorites authors. As an American I wish we could claim her for our own… like the moon. Alas, I’ll just have to accept her as being a NORTH American. Hurray for ‘Can-Lit’!


#339: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (2010)

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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