|Plot Summary of Surfacing|
|"A nameless artist, accompanied by her lover and a married couple, returns to a small cabin in the wilderness of northeastern Quebec, where she grew up. The others look on the trip as a vacation and chance for the men to take some photos for a book they're trying to put together, but the protagonist is searching for her botanist father, who has disappeared. As the days pass, each character's individual uglinesses and weaknesses are exposed. The protagonist begins to drift in and out of reality, remembering painful episodes of her past. The novel is a meditation on love, wildness, and wounds men and women can inflict on each another; its tone is reminiscent of The Bell Jar."
A. J. Bell, Resident Scholar
|"In Margaret Atwood's 1972 novel, a young woman returns to the remote island in Quebec where she grew up. Her father has disappeared and she brings two friends (a married couple) and her estranged boyfriend to search for him. Over the course of a week, they search for traces of him while the narrator uncovers suppressed pieces of her past. The marriage between her friends begins to erode as their supplies dwindle and American tourists invade the pristine landscape. "
Jennifer Martin-Romme, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Surfacing|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- search for family/history
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- mentally ill
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
The Americas (not US):
- swimming on
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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