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هر انسانی گذشته‌ای دارد كه هرگز رهايش نمی‌كند، آينده‌ای دارد كه می‌خواهد بی‌توجه به گذشته آن را بسازد، و حالی كه به تلاش می‌گذرد، به دست و پا زدن برای پاك كردن ماجراهايی كه از سر گذرانده، به درگيری ذهنی برای آينده‌ای نامعلوم... قهرمان «بر امواج» زنی است كه خلاف معمول عمل می‌كند، گذشته‌اش را پس می‌زند و سال‌ها از آن سراغی نمی‌گيرد تا آينده‌اش را با عشق و اميد بنا كند، عشقی با فرجام جدايی. زمانی طولانی در اين بی‌خبری مطلق زندگی می‌كند تا ناگهان به او خبر می‌رسد كه پدرش ناپديد شده. زن تصميم می گيرد به ساحل درياچه‌ی كودكی‌هايش بازگردد... ؛


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Margaret Atwoods second novel and one Im reading for the first time.

Atwood digs deep into the female psyche, as well as the human psyche, probing and poking in all the dark underwater caves that the modern world has separated us from. Her unnamed protagonist is searching for her missing father in a remote area of northeast Canada. She has brought along her current lover and a married couple whom, removed from their city life in Toronto, she is able to see clearly and critically, and bit by bit she comes to measure how far removed she has become from the more conscious life of her childhood.

She first misinterprets what she finds in her fathers cabin, but while trying to decipher what she believes are clues to his whereabouts, she ends up having a deep epiphany and helps unfreeze her own traumatized mind. Giving the slip to her friends, she reverts back to a more wild version of herself, more in tune with the natural world she believes she has left behind, and finally able to live free again - or is she?.

Atwood uses this story to explore the traumas of abortion, unchecked development, imbalance between male and female partners, and Canadian resentment towards all those killer Americans. She pulls no punches and I found myself turning the pages to see just how deep she would go - and she did not disappoint!

Highly recommended.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I checked the copyright date on this book and found out that it was first published in 1972. Lets all pause and bow our heads to offer a silent prayer of thanks that Margaret Atwood has improved with time.

The copy I have of this book is part of a larger volume containing three Atwood novels. Because theres no plot synopsis on the back of the book or the inside of the jacket, I dove into it having no idea what it was going to be about. It took me thirty pages to figure it out. For the benefit of future readers, here is my summary: a woman (unnamed, in a very Rebecca-like move) goes to her hometown in Canada with her boyfriend and their two married friends. The narrator grew up on a island in the middle of a lake with her parents and brother, and her father still lives on the island. However, he has disappeared, and the narrator is returning home to find out what happened to him. Without giving away the ending, I will just say that its confusing as hell and I still dont know what the point of it all was.

I make it sound like a mystery thriller. It is not. That would be much too straightforward for Atwood. Instead, we get pages of run-on sentences about nature and sex and death and I dont even know what else. But even confusing, no-clear-plot Atwood is still Atwood. Heres what her main character says about the paper dolls from her childhood:

@Little girls in gray jumpers and white blouses, braids clipped to their heads with pink plastic barrettes, owned and directed them; they would bring them to school and parade them at recess, propping them up against the worn brick wall, feet in the snow, paper dresses no protection against the icy wind, inventing for them dances and parties, celebrations, interminable changing of costumes, a slavery of [email protected]

Whoa.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I just want to start by saying that Ive read some strange books, but this ones definitely up there. Theres only one thing Im sure about, and thats that the writing is gorgeous. This is my first Atwood novel, and I will definitely be reading more. Beyond that, Im not really sure what happened.
The protagonist, a young woman from whose perspective the book is told but whose name is never revealed, returns to northern Quebec to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the disappearance of her father.
Surfacing explores personal, national, and gendered identity; the pressure of society; grief and loss; isolation and separation; and memory and language, and it does so in exquisite prose. Whether you see the ending to this book as complete or incomplete, and as portraying a woman driven to insanity or clarity and realisation, this is clearly a dark, powerful, and thought-provoking book. And at a mere 186 pages, youve nothing to lose by giving it a go.
@the Eskimoes had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them, there ought to be as many for [email protected]

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Surfacing, or all the way you can be haunted - by your childhood, your parents, your marriage, your brother who may or may not have drowned before or after you were born - you may remember him, you may never have met him. Shadows and ghosts follow us. The past is never the past (I read that line somewhere. Where? I can’t remember).

This is a little bit In the Lake of the Woods and a little bit The Bell Jar. It’s bitter and broken and strange. Or it might all be PTSD from (view spoiler)[abortion. No one ever talks about PTSD from abortion. (hide spoiler)]

He said he loved me, the magic word, it was supposed to make everything light up. I’ll never trust that word again.

**edit: I was thinking of Faulkner. @The past is never dead. Its not even [email protected]

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Uno de los primeros Atwoods que leí, ambientado en una isla de Canadá en los años 60s, es un libro extraño, para mí inferior a otros libros de la autora, pero es que es una de sus primeras novelas, y, aún así, me parece una historia interesante y que merece la pena.
Una historia sobre la pérdida, sobre las relaciones con los padres, las de pareja, la maternidad, la relación con el mundo y la naturaleza y el encontrar nuestro sitio. La protagonista es contradictoria, difícil, no he empatizado con ella en ningún sentido, incluso se me ha hecho desagradable en ocasiones, y de todas formas (o precisamente por eso) me ha parecido fascinante.

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