My sister lent me Margaret Atwood’s collection of short stories Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales and I really enjoyed them all! I have to say that my favourite was the first one and the one with the frozen groom. It is such a joy and pleasure to pick up an Atwood book. You know there will be some tough relationship issues, yet there will always be humour.
I like how Jeet Heer writing for Quill and Quire picks up on the title in his review: it’s about tales, not stories. Again, Atwood is playing with our assumptions of morality.
One of the things I love most about Margaret Atwood is how humble, open, and honest she is. She is always aware of society and where we’re heading. I love that in her interview with Peter Mansbridge she is able to be frank and up-front with her process and her ideas, including her “beam me up, Scotty” moments and the moments when cats help her write.
I also love following Atwood on Twitter and Facebook because she is a voice for social justice and for the environment. In fact she is so well-known for her work (poetry and novels) with the environment that an artist in Norway, who is creating a Future Library made from specific tress in a forest in Norway, has asked Atwood to write a novel for the project that will be published in 100 years. What an amazing project!! In her interview with the concept artist Katie Paterson, Atwood is acknowledged as an author who can help us to see who we are right now and what could happen to humanity in the future. As always, she is capable to thinking about and expressing some hard truths: “Nature doesn’t really care if there are human beings or not.”
So from the mind of a fantasy writer, to the pain of being cheated on, to the frozen groom in the storage unit, I truly enjoyed Atwood’s collection of tales that look at all kinds of problems through all kinds of eyes. And I wish I was going to be around in 100 years to read her novel buried in the Future Library in Norway.
“Reality simply consists of different points of view.” (Atwood)
“Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” (Genesis 1:28)