Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a young woman who returns to northern Quebec, to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realize that going home means entering not only another place, but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she discovers that what she is really searching for is her own past. Permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose, Surfacing has grown in reputation as a novel unique in modern literature for its mythic exploration of one woman’s spiritual pilgrimage.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gypsysmom - LibraryThing
Atwood wrote this book in 1971 probably (since it was first published in 1972) at which time I was slogging my way through first year university. And I have to confess that it was quite some time ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SadieBabie - LibraryThing
It was a very good book, it warmed up to a very strange but wonderfully written climax. I'll admit that I did get lost in places, but I think that was my own lack of concentration than anything. I ... Read full review