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Margaret Atwood at The Booker Prize function.

(23 Posts)
Gonegirl Mon 14-Oct-19 22:34:12

She's wearing an XR badge!

She's not all bad then. (Can't stand her books)

Urmstongran Mon 14-Oct-19 22:38:40

I love her books but can’t stand XR.

Gonegirl Mon 14-Oct-19 22:40:04

grin

SirChenjin Mon 14-Oct-19 22:45:41

I don’t like her books or the fact that XR is a misnomer

trisher Mon 14-Oct-19 22:48:16

Love her books although I don't think either the Handmaid's Tale or The Testaments are her best works. Cat's Eye is much better. She comes from a family of natural scientists and spent her youth in the Canadian wilderness where her dad was doing research, so I would think XR is vitally important to her.

MissAdventure Mon 14-Oct-19 22:54:19

I used to like her books, but I'm more of a "Take a Break" reader these days.

Fiachna50 Mon 14-Oct-19 23:45:52

Love her books.

Gonegirl Tue 15-Oct-19 10:48:03

Don't know where she got that badge though. XR have no official merchandise. They make their own badges out of cloth. Hers looked like plastic!

Another case of a celeb oaring in IMO.

trisher Tue 15-Oct-19 11:12:14

Gonegirl as I said Atwood has a very long history of environmental activism. No way can she be considered someone who has simply jumped on a bandwagon. I agree someone may simply have handed her an XR badge and she has worn it for publicity purposes but her dedication goes way beyond that.

Nanny27 Tue 15-Oct-19 12:11:08

Umm..... XR?? 🤔🤔

Lisagran Tue 15-Oct-19 12:23:45

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_Rebellion
(XR)
smile

Nanny27 Tue 15-Oct-19 13:10:22

Oh I'm so sorry. Stupid me. Of course it is. 🙄🙄

Gonegirl Tue 15-Oct-19 13:17:20

grin Never mind Nanny27. You're probably best off not knowing. wink

Gonegirl Tue 15-Oct-19 13:17:48

(although I appreciate you did know really)

Gonegirl Tue 15-Oct-19 13:18:41

Ok trisher. You're most likely right.

trisher Tue 15-Oct-19 13:39:33

Been following her for years Gonegirl she had a most interesting childhood. Mostly lived in the Canadian countryside camping whilst her dad studied specimens-he was an entomologist. She didn't go to school until she was 12! Surfacing is perhaps the book that really relates to her life.

SirChenjin Tue 15-Oct-19 17:54:28

Why do XR use x instead of e? Do they think it’s more edgy or summat?

Gonegirl Tue 15-Oct-19 18:04:40

I think it just ties in with the egg timer on their symbol that looks like an X. And it's a way of saying extinction without the e. Obviously.

SirChenjin Tue 15-Oct-19 19:03:07

Yeah - it’s still xtremely irritating

rosecarmel Tue 15-Oct-19 21:04:48

Ya know what else is irritating? smile

SirChenjin Tue 15-Oct-19 21:54:18

Frizzy hair? Finding the milk has gone off? Not being able to find the remote?

You might need to give us a clue in order to narrow it down a bit smile

Eloethan Tue 15-Oct-19 23:59:45

She is a very intelligent and interesting woman - amazing that she's still writing at the age of 80. I'm not sure that I wholly support XR but people have a right to support what they believe in.

I read A Handmaid's Tale and found it very disturbing and extremely depressing. I wouldn't want to read it again (though I have watched the TV series).

I thought Cat's Eye was a brilliant book and also Alias Grace. I couldn't get on with The Blind Assassin.

Nanny27 Wed 16-Oct-19 10:26:20

I used to teach The Handmaid's Tale as an A level text. Lots to discuss.