Saturday’s Short Story: “Stone Mattress” by Margaret Atwood

I was hooked after the first sentence.

I read the whole story in one sitting, couldn’t stop. Her writing is so clever and so powerful, its not the first time I have felt this way about a st0ry of hers!

I had an interesting discussion with a friend about how I felt this story might be less powerful as a movie. In the story there is movement between the past and the present. With words the author carefully controls how many details of the past you know at any given time. But visuals are very powerful and include a lot of detail. Wouldn’t a movie of this story give away too much detail with the first flashback?

In short, don’t know about the movie issue but she has a wonderful way with words!


2 thoughts on “Saturday’s Short Story: “Stone Mattress” by Margaret Atwood”

  1. This just caught my eye since it was Maggie Atwood, my favourite author (and Canadian). I honestly have read even a handful of her short stories, though I’m sure they’re fantastic. I highly recommend many of her full-length novels. I always have wanted to incorporate her books into my language classes and last year, I did so with an excerpt from The Year of the Flood on the topic of environmentalism. I plan to keep trying to find ways to do so and push her into my blog posts where I can (like this one: Sadly, she herself didn’t comment, but I have had one tweet to me from her–a marvelous woman with technology for her age!

  2. Tyson!
    I remembered you liked this author! We’ve discussed it before. I read two or three of her books many years ago (back in my university days!) and read all her short ones in the New Yorker. May be time for a reread…

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