18 March 2010

This made me smile:

...although my mother is sweet and old and a lady, she avoids being a sweet old lady. When people are in danger of mistaking her for one, she flings in something from left field; she refuses to be taken for granted.

Margaret Atwood, "Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother" from Bluebeard's Egg (a short story collection).

3 comments:

Dorte H said...

I like the sound of that mother - and I admire Atwood´s writing style so much.

Bibliophile said...

It could be a description of one old lady of my acquaintance. I agree on Atwood - her writing style is a strong point, and I loved the humour in the story. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories, and later I think I may tackle one of her novels.

Dorte H said...

It is very unusual for me, but actually the best text I have ever read by Atwood is a poem: Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer. It is so brilliant and so funny!