Edinburgh Book Festival – Why Fiction is beautiful

Why fiction is beautiful – Canadian author Margaret Atwood

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This is the first post of a few I will be doing featuring some of the authors of the Edinburgh book festival which starts this Saturday August 10th. I have decided to start with Margaret Atwood as she was the first Canadian author I read and I discovered many more Canadian books and authors thanks to her.

Her collection of books and stories is impressive. Some of these books below were bought in Canada as as well as the stories, I thought the book covers were quite something too. I mean just take a look at them:

eerie, unsettling, Daliesque and not unlike a dark fairytale
Eerie, unsettling, Dali-esque or the setting for a dark fairytale?
As the book blurb says: 'Imprisoned by walls of their own construction...' The book cover seems  to represent this via another Dali-esque design
As the book blurb says: ‘Imprisoned by walls of their own construction…’ The book cover seems to represent this via another Dali-esque design
Ten days after the water eded, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge
Ten days after the water eded, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge

The cover represents the age and elegance of the time. Set in Canada, it is narrated from the present day, referring back to events that span the twentieth century.

As if it were a artistic sketch on the wall of a empty, grey gallery
As if it were a artistic sketch on the wall of a empty, grey gallery

photo-58And for one of my favourites if not only for the detail and the artwork involved. I would quite happily hang this book cover on my wall. In fact, I think I will. ‘All books are equal to art forms but some are more equal than others’ – very animal farm I know but something I believe to be true. All of the above could be artistic paintings hanging in a gallery. I’m just pleased they are currently gracing my shelves in my book, I mean ART display case.

2 thoughts on “Edinburgh Book Festival – Why Fiction is beautiful

  1. You really must be a secret Canadian, literary! You do love Canada, I know. Margaret Atwood is one of our national treasures for her consummate skill with words. I have loved some of her poetry for years because she has such an ability to express a lifetime in a word. And I’m not really a poetry lover.
    As for Atwood’s books, I confess to having stopped reading them a few years ago, not because they are bad but because they always seemed so dark to me. Dark themes are fine, even to be desired, but I prefer a positive resolution and a feeling of happy or at least comforted satisfaction at the end of a book. For the same reason I found Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance to be erudite, cleverly written, full of new and startling revelation, but ultimately a disappointment as it was just so sad.
    These are both great writers, I know, and very popular, but I will continue to read authors whose books have a more positive redemptive quality to them.

    1. Hi Elaine!
      Yes, I do know what you mean. As an adoptive Canadian hehe I love a lot of Margaret Atwood’s books but they can be dark! I actually am reading a Kate Morton at the moment – I love her books as they are about hidden family secrets but so descriptive and atmospheric. Try Judith Kinghorn’s The Last Summer for another story of wartime or historic England. Beautiful and uplifting prose!

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