Dancing Girls

Dancing Girls

And Other Stories

Book - 1977
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Dancing Girls is Margaret Atwood's highly praised first collection of short fiction. In it she explores the dark intricacies of the mind, the complexities of human relationships, and the clashes between cultures. In the stories, the mundane and the bizarre intersect in unexpected ways: ex-wives indulge in an odd feast at a psychiatrist's funeral; a young student is pursued by an obsessed immigrant; an old woman stores up supplies against an impending cataclysm. The fourteen stories range in setting from Canada to England, from Mexico to the United States, and portray characters who touch us and arouse in us compassion and understanding. In this astonishing collection, Margaret Atwood maps human motivation we scarcely know we have.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1977.
ISBN: 9780771008580
Branch Call Number: ATW
Characteristics: 243 p.


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Sep 10, 2017

The short story "The Resplendent Quetzal" was recently translated into Spanish by Alberto Manguel and published in Mexico in a compilation of stories about Mexico written by non-Mexicans. Atwood's husband, Graeme Gibson, has a story in the same collection. His is entitled "Pancho Villa's Head" in its original Canadian incarnation.

Dec 11, 2009

A nice set of short stories, though some of the themes were repeated.

Dec 04, 2009

I like Atwood's short stories even more than her novels. My personal favourite is in this collection, called "The War in the Bathroom". Second best would have to be "The Resplendent Quetzl"

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