if you can believe it, i managed to get a specialist degree in English (and complete five high school english courses), work in Cdn publishing, and have only read ONE Margaret Atwood novel. Surfacing.
Seems a little shameful mainly because I spent a few years stomping around saying I hated “the Margarets” (Laurence, being the other). A very uninformed opinion and one based on their mandatory reading status and on having received a copy of The Diviners from my da one New Year’s when I was in high school (my bro and sis each got a Margaret L too, Stone Angel and …can’t remember). I guess I wasn’t interested then and preferred to keep rereading The Great Gatsby.
So, one of my numerous resolutions this new year is to read at least one Atwood, perhaps several if I like ‘er. And that’s where you come in: which one? Where do I start? Any to avoid in these early Atwood days?