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Gnarling has set in, the withering of the mouth; the outlines of dewlaps are beginning to be visible, down toward the chin, in the dark glass of subway windows. Her greatest story, about childhood bullying amid seemingly innocent play and the dire consequences, also has wonderful things to say about siblings, a brother and a sister's relationship, and marriage. I found the book very engaging which made it a fast read. ", Nearly impossible to write a review for such a masterful work as this.

She sees Cordelia twice over the years, the second time in a sanatorium to which Cordelia has been committed after a mental collapse and suicide attempt. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates.

But from the moment he began work at Kyger's pet emporium on Korwar he was enmeshed in a perilous intrigue... an intrigue that would leave more than one man d. The big cat cried "danger!" I’ve never seen an iron lung, but the newspapers had pictures of children in iron lungs, back when people still got polio. Don’t you recognize me? We wear long wool coats with tie belts, the collars turned up to look like those of movie stars, and rubber boots with the tops folded down and men’s work socks inside.
In this book, the hero is unaware of his ability at first. Descriptions of the fights were excellent, and clearly written by a competent martial artist, swordsman (woman?) Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. But I began then to think of time as having a shape, something you could see, like a series of liquid transparencies, one laid on top of another. It's not like "Me want kill, kill now?". So what do you do when you're a girl and you have this peculiar friend, who is also your worst abuser, but for some reason you hang out with her, go to the same school and all that jazz? The gambit of being able to telepathically converse with animals is a theme that Norton often used. Atwood brings me to the brink, then pulls back leaving me with a sense of uneasiness. Everything is full of descriptions, the meaning belongs to the reader. I watch from a window, or a balcony so I can see better, as some man chases Cordelia along the sidewalk below me, catches up with her, punches her in the ribs—I can’t handle the face—throws her down. On the flight home, Elaine sits next to two old women playing cards together in a joyful and carefree manner.
Refresh and try again. This book was one of the books I have enjoyed most. I thought, “What can I learn from this?” I knew, even before picking up the book, how despicable such behavior is. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2018. Visit to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders. We’d love your help. He gets a short contract working with a luxury pet shop and finds himself slowly dragged into a murky web of plots and subterfuge in which imported Terran animals seem to play a central role. There's no definite romance, but you can certainly see Troy/Rerne following many of the standard romance beats - the meet cute, the getting to know, the estrangement. They fall back out of touch. The effect of this treatment on Elaine is devastating; she begins to withdraw into deep depression and self-hatred, undergoing bouts of illness, fainting spells, and even self-mutilation before the situation at last reaches a crisis point. No public swimming pools, no crowds in summer. My first Andre Norton was Year of the Unicorn I was hooked from then on, I will always read and re read Norton books, they're so interesting and they never date, Andre Norton was a Visionary. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. You never knew. After the birth of their daughter, Elaine joins a group of women artists whose first exhibit helps establish her reputation as a painter. Instead I was walking home, today. Is she fat, have her breasts sagged, does she have little gray hairs at the comers of her mouth? There’s some satisfaction in that, more in worse things. Both have similar themes of men separated from their homelands, using their ability to communicate telepathically with animals to help them survive. It's the feelings that are evoked. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. All I can do is write some of my thoughts while reading this. I loved this book from beginning to end and wouldn't hesitate to buy another book from the same author. During and after the battles, we see the characters personalities. When I was 16 and read it for the first time, that was as close to a transcendental experience as I've ever had. This one, however, is also known as "the one with the gay subtext". We’re impervious, we scintillate, we are thirteen. We think that their bizarre costumes, their verbal tics, are chosen, and that when the time comes we also will be free to choose. The truth, or whatever would make me look good? During Elaine’s early childhood, Elaine’s family travels to different places so her father, an entomologist, can study spruce budworms. Mind though has a tendency to go were it will. This is a reissue of a classic science fiction book by the author. But I’m not ready for that yet. Why, you become a controversial painter, get involved with some creepy men, and then sort of go on from there. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2018. Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019.

While blogging about this novel I came to wonder about the English term 'bullying' ('kiusaaminen' in Finnish) versus 'mental abuse'. This has been one of my favourites for years. Published by User , 18 years ago. I knew where I stood, so I wondered what more could be learned. They’re of various kinds. In addition to. An unremarkable story that doesn't merit a review, but is getting one anyway. The way the combat was written made it much more realistic than most of the books I have read. In the kingdom of Tycor, young Jain Riordan, an unwitting witness to the theft of the royal seal, enters into an uneasy alliance with the Furies to search for the thief, but Jain's own secrets could threaten Tycor's very existence. A real page turner. I have been summoned, too late, to her hospital bedside. But couldn't put this down and have recommended it to many people. Andre Norton never disappoints, loved the connection between animals and human, have you noticed how there nearly always a cat type animal in her stories? I related to it so much. How well do we know anyone, as we carry our own secret thoughts, what do others carry. The grotesqueries of the body were always of interest to her. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. A good young adult sci-fi story from the golden age (1961). © 2020, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Recommended.

"This is the middle of my life, I think of it as a place, like the middle of a river, the middle of a bridge, halfway across, halfway over. Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. “I’m going to have a pet iguana,” I say, “and wear nothing but cerise.” It’s a word I have recently learned. In the weeks prior to her mother’s death, while helping her sort through family odds and ends, Elaine comes across a blue cat’s-eye marble that she had clutched in her pocket long ago during Cordelia’s childhood attacks, and her past experience comes flooding back to her. It is one of my favorite books and I have read many. "A brilliant, three-dimensional mosaic...the story of Elaine's childhood is so real and heartbreaking you want to stand up in your seat and cheer." The whole book itself was fast-paced and rich. An exciting story with an excellent plot, great dialogue, and well developed, unique characters. During and after the battles, we see the characters personalities. While cleaning out the cellar, she finds her childhood cat’s eye marble, which unlocks her memories of the ravine incident from elementary school. Perhaps I missed something, but I felt it would have benefited from a twist of which there could have been several as the book built up.

There aren't too many writers who use actual battle terms. Her eyelids don’t flicker but there’s a faint twitching of her fingers, or do I imagine it?

Atwood is an absolute master of her craft and I can't recommend her highly enough.

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After Cordelia tries to talk to Elaine about their elementary school days, Elaine avoids her altogether.

Generally I try and concentrate on my feet. These are the sorts of characters who will grow into old friends on the page. Their lipstick mouths are too big around their mouths, their rouge blotchy, their eyes drawn screw-jiggy around their real eyes. The plot seems well thought out and excuted, and action runs smoothly in every part of the book. Very insightful, and those insights have to have been reached by someone who's studied. I felt the unique way of describing the battle scenes was great. It's not like any of them really know me. In the case of these individuals, the answer is a resounding yes when it comes to loving... To see what your friends thought of this book, The term comes from something that actual bulls do to each other if too many are kept in too small a space, such as in large scale animal farming oper.

She can outstare anyone, and I am almost as good. Their slips show at the bottoms of their skirts, slips of unusual, suggestive colors. DO NOT READ! In the present, Elaine walks around Toronto while she waits for the start of the retrospective art exhibition. She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms. At the same time, she also meets and begins an affair with Jon, whom she eventually marries when she becomes pregnant with his child. I have read Margaret Atwood's entire body of work - all outstanding - but Cat's Eye will always stand out as my all-time favourite novel. It brings out the need to fight for the underdog, or cat, and whoever else is downcast in this society despite species, skin, fur, or colors and to make things right for them. Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020.

Unpretentious, fun, unique, and charming are the first adjectives that come to mind. Norton's early books are almost completely romance-free and sex-free - the main characters never show any sign of interest, and there's only the slightest hints that anyone ever does (usually the vaguest allusions to pleasure girls). After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Hijackers kill Elaine’s older brother, Stephen, en route to a physics convention. Her paintings have aspects of her young life. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Wonderful book for any woman going through bullying and those who have survived and thrived. Sometimes when I talk, everyone's so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say. Start by marking “Catseye (Dipple, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book.

Nevertheless, she makes friends with three other girls: Carol, Grace, and Cordelia. Troy Horan is a Dippleman, a refugee living in a restricted area on a planet after his own world was "appropriated" as a military base during an interstellar war.

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