Friday, 19 January 2018

Atwood's World

At the time of writing I am familiar with Attwood only by reputation and hearsay.

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke AwardPrince of Asturias Award for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once.

The book I had recommended to me is the well known The Handmaid's Tale. It was pointed in my direction as it is, a sci-fi book  with women as the focus. 

The book raised the question of why write in the genre at all. Having said that the sixth novel I wrote was futuristic, a dystopian journey in northern England. I was driven to write it by the, in my opinion, foolish capitalistic decisions being made by the travesty of a government that was in power at the time. I believe that Margaret Atwood may well have had a similar driver, it being the plight of women even in the 1980's.

It is yet another example of the duty of writers' to act as  a conscience, a Jiminy Cricket, to society, in an attempt keep them on the straight and narrow. In these days of social media it is even easier for writers to have an immediate impact. The mainstream media lump people together who stand up for the rights of the individual as extremists and yet it is the capitalists who are in the extreme right. All that ordinary people require is a fair deal.


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