Friday 28 December 2018

THE TENT by Margaret Atwood

The Tent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this adorable little gem during one of our thrift store adventures. I love The Handmaid's Tale, so I'm always on the lookout for more Atwood stories. And this short book was quite a treat!

It's hard to describe how cool all the fragments within the pages of this hardcover book are, because it's a collection that needs to be experienced. That's the only way to truly appreciate the weight of impact this collection actually packs.

Margaret Atwood has put together some really clever and intriguing small tales, poems and very random pieces of writing. They all sucked me in, kept me glued to the page, and had me nodding along because I found so much of what was written to resonate with me. I also thought the illustrations fit nicely.

There's so much social commentary here, and all of it is told through a wonderful literary voice.

The blurb describes these as fictional essays, but I've been finding myself thinking about this book as a stream of consciousness. It's filled with interesting fragments, random thoughts and lyrical tales that swept me away. Not only did I enjoy them, but I found the writing style to be calming. Sometimes bordering on dreamy narrative with a surreal edge.

I honestly think every author should write at least one book like The Tent. It seems like it would be a cathartic experience. A great way to let your mind run wild, to unexpected places where the norms of storytelling won't restrict the words spilling onto the page.

This really is a great little book!

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