The Edible Woman

The Edible Woman Marian is determined to be ordinary She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fianc and quietly awaits marriage But she didn t count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable rout

Marian is determined to be ordinary She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fianc and quietly awaits marriage But she didn t count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can t stomach The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibMarian is determined to be ordinary She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fianc and quietly awaits marriage But she didn t count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can t stomach The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibalism, men and women, and the desire to be consumed.

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  1. Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman 1970 , The Handmaid s Tale 1983 , The Robber Bride 1994 , Alias Grace 1996 , and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000 Atwood s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003 The Tent mini fictions and Moral Disorder short stories both appeared in 2006 Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007 Her non fiction book, Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009 Ms Atwood s work has been published in than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian In 2004 she co invented the Long Pen TM.Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson Associations Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N Canadian Centre English Speaking from 1984 1986 She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International Ms Atwood is also a current Vice President of PEN International.

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  1. A novel of major creepy power Very different from her later books, The Edible Woman is about the destructive power of man woman relationships and it takes place in a world of robotic emotions and mechanical compulsions not too far off from the Victorian variety The novel, a true avantgarde sociosexual depiction, borrows its demonic tone from Hawthorne, its cinematography from Cronenberg, its absurdism from David Lynch Also, it contains all the brilliance pseudo silliness of Beckett Gender role r [...]

  2. Margaret Atwood s prescient first novel still offers lots to chew onMarian, a 20 something woman in 1960s Toronto, gets engaged to her dull but respectable lawyer boyfriend, Peter, then soon begins losing her appetite for food This causes problems leading up to the wedding, as Marian suffers a serious identity crisis Perhaps she doesn t want to submit to this marriage, after all.This was Margaret Atwood s first novel, and besides the funny and insightful writing, the book was way ahead of its ti [...]

  3. Right around the time I turned 20, a boyfriend of mine dragged me to a Yes concert I say dragged not because I have anything against the band, but because I knew only two of their songs, and I was the only girl going.My then boyfriend and his friends were big Yes fans, and they had rented a limo stocked with booze, and it was a real party scene in that vehicle Well, it was a real party scene for them, less so for me, the girl who didn t know Yes songs, and the one who was becoming increasingly a [...]

  4. I decided to re read this because its white spine always calls my attention next to the black spines of Austen and Bront My review from two and a half years ago, to paraphrase Talking Heads, seems to talk a lot but not say anything The Edible Woman was Atwood s first novel, and thus I must treat it like a first novel Atwood was twenty six when she wrote this, and it reads like it The novel presents itself as a tale of a women who is faced with the awful prospect of marriage The thought of her im [...]

  5. Written just before the founding of NOW, The Edible Woman is as relevant today as it was in 1965 The novel s protagonist, Marian, has recently graduated from college and is working for a public opinion company She is dating a man, Peter, who everyone thinks is perfect Once engaged Marian begins to have trouble eating As she is consumed by her relationship, she stops being able to consume food In the first sex scene in The Edible Woman, which is rich in messages and metaphors, Peter decides he wa [...]

  6. before Ohhh this book is like my favorite hoodie threadbare and falling apart but so so soft and comfy, with all those little stains and patches as sweet reminders of long ago Love love love love this bookter Well yes, I do love this book as much as ever, but I was actually kind of surprised at how different it was from the last time I read it, oh, five or six years ago Here are some reflections in list form, because I m feeling lazy 1 I am still terribly and utterly in love with Duncan, who was [...]

  7. What an unusual story Marian is newly engaged and then discovers she can t eat certain foods, first meats and then almost everything else What is her subconscious trying to tell her Atwood is a writer who amazes me every time I read her it really is hard to categorize her writing Her writing style on the other hand is exquisite, intelligent and witty at times The main theme of this book is relationships and how they can transform you I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot than I did the sec [...]

  8. 4.5 stars SpoilersLoved this, it was weird and wonderful I thought I was going to hate it after reading the first few chapters, it was so slow moving and boring It was only until the main character Marian started to think strange thoughts and act totally nutty that I started to get really engrossed in the story and characters I didn t like Marian whatsoever, she was passive, irritating and all round doormat But despite being a largely pathetic and frustrating character, she was utterly engaging [...]

  9. Well, I liked this novella than The Handmaid Tale, and that was quite a book The story is about Marian, an ordinary young woman who works for the advertising section of an enterprise, and leads an equally ordinary life, until two things, apparently disconnected, happen her boyfriend, Peter, asks her to marry him and she discovers she is no longer able to eat first meat, than even vegetables The book was interpreted as a metaphor of consumerism which governs our society, but it s than that it s [...]

  10. 3.5 5 stars This is an interesting book that deals with the theme of femininity I liked the foreword a lot in which Margaret Atwood explains that she actually wrote this book before femininity became a subject for discussion in society It s striking how Atwood hits spot on on some things that nowadays seem evident or at least understandable Marian is a funny, and at times frustrating, character who doesn t really know what she wants Does she want to go with the flow and get married Meanwhile, he [...]

  11. Las metas del movimiento feminista no se han alcanzado, y quienes aseguran que vivimos en una era post feminista se equivocan, lamentablemente, o se han cansado ya de pensar en estos temas Declaraciones de Margaret Atwood, 1979.Da terror y pena constatar que las palabras de Margaret Atwood siguen vigentes en la actualidad Da terror y pena ver literalmente transcritas en la novela situaciones que te han pasado en la vida real El contexto es Canad a finales de los 60, yo hablo de Espa a en el a o [...]

  12. On to my quest to read Margaret Atwood, I hit my first obstacle I can t say it was a bad book, I enjoyed the character but I did not enjoy the story Why Because there wasn t much of it Instead, this book was a commentary about femininity I could call it a feminist novel but as Margaret herself says in the foreword of this book she wrote it before the movement even started It s sad how much of what the character of this book has to deal with in the book is still just as relevant and understandab [...]

  13. I don t think I could have read The Edible Woman at a better time than now, when topics of feminism are becoming and present I originally picked up this book because of its title and because I wanted to check out some Atwood admittedly, this is my first time reading her The title alone has so many implications that women are consumable, visceral, sinewy, sexual, and all of the above The main character is so honest and real that I often forgot throughout the book that she was being consumed the [...]

  14. Some books are easily and quickly devoured, as by a greedy child, and enjoyed all the for the speed of consumption Others, however, may be eaten with similar speed, but only to arrive hastily at the end of the meal The Edible Woman was one of the latter for me I started on it during our trip up north over the holiday weekend, and gulped down the last half of it in the car Sunday By the end, I just wanted to see how it finished to end the tediousness It was like gnawing on a tough pork chop and [...]

  15. This is Atwood s first book, published in 1969 It s full of feminist ideas but it s so dated it was hard to get my head around it A woman who is so normal that everyone thinks she s the most normal person they know, is about to get married She feels that she s losing her identity and finds that she can t eat certain types of food Meanwhile her roommate tricks a guy into getting her pregnant because she wants a baby but not a husband I notice there are several study guides to this book, but I ref [...]

  16. Were you a fan of The Vegetarian by Han Kang Do you like books that are clever and witty and sharp and tear apart social structures and relationship expectations like there s no tomorrow Then you must pick up The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood.I find it hard to believe that this book was written in 1965 before feminism in North America was even a thing and published in 1969, Atwood was and is so ahead of her time in her thinking This book is wonderful It s packed with symbolism and critique of [...]

  17. I m confused Who was the target audience here I know I wasn t, just now reading it, but I mean back when the book came out Who was it for It s a very good book for a first novel but I still don t quite understand Atwood Who is she writing for I like the way her stories enfold but especially in this one there was way too much description and the story enfolded too slow It wasn t particularly interesting but it wasn t a complete bore either.

  18. Oh dear, I couldn t decide whether I liked this book from one page to the next I expected to like it but kept deciding I didn t and a page or two later decided that maybe it was ok after all Several things put me off it but mainly the characters Ugh , the characters were dull grey people with nothing likable about them They seemed to be superficial, one dimensional people, who s only concern was how they looked to others Even with those who were meant to be their best friends they weren t real o [...]

  19. I discovered Margaret Atwood in high school when I first read The Handmaid s Tale, but I didn t read any of her other books until college, when I realised she s actually an amazing feminist writer with an incredibly versatile imagination The Edible Woman was her first novel I think it was written in the late 60s or early 70s and was the first book of hers that I really fell in love with Marian graduated from college and drifted into a job, a boyfriend, and a holding pattern, then got engaged to [...]

  20. The story in The Edible Woman takes place in the 1960s With that in mind, I attempted to ease my modern depictions, expectations, and conclusion about the 1960s I found the book to be a slow read and, like many others, I enjoyed the metaphors that were heavily sprinkled throughout the story that paralleled the lives of Marian and Ainsley I comprehend the feminist aspect of the story For me, though, this book was about the human aspects of life that collided with the lives of these women I found [...]

  21. 3.5 WEIRD would be the right word to describe this book, I guess In fact, I neither could hate this book nor I could love it because of its unusual storyline and characters It s strange, though Marian McAlpin the protagonist seems eccentric and some of her acts thoughts were quite insane and out of the way yet she was also relatable at time Basically, the story revolves around a woman who is insecure, has lack of clarity and is unable to analyze the importance of freedom in her life And Marian w [...]

  22. Read this review and like it on The Last Page Marian is an average college educated woman who lives with a roommate in a decent apartment, works for a survey company, is moderately good looking, and has a handsome fianc who is on his way to being a big shot lawyer It sounds like life altogether is going pretty well for Marian Yet for some reason she feels empty, why The Edible Woman explores the themes of losing a sense of self with maturity At work she is pushed around, her roommate Ainsley is [...]

  23. I was having dinner a few days ago with a young French artist who is in my town as an artist in residence When not traveling around Europe creating art installations, she lives in Berlin At some point in the conversation the topic of feminism came up and she said she really wasn t sure what feminism is all about I was somewhat taken aback, having grown up during the heyday of the Women s Movement of the 60 s and 70 s As I thought about it , I wondered if it s okay that feminism might not be as p [...]

  24. I read this book to fill in a square on my book bingo sheet that I m doing with some friends, it filled in the first book by a favorite author And boy, was it ever a first book It was stunningly original, as per the usual with Atwood, but it lacked her normal beautiful phrasing and structure The characters were not as poignant as she usually writes them, but I feel like I could see the beginnings of Crake in Duncan, the lost soul of the unnamed Handmaiden in Marian, etc The symbolism of the food [...]

  25. This is my second reading of this book and it holds up quite well I m a longtime fan of Atwood s writing and in this first novel, The Edible Woman, both the voice and themes of later Atwood are in evidence.Marian, a college graduate, new to the working world and at the threshold of of being an adult woman in mid 60 s Canadian society that is, finding a suitable man for marriage and babies is living with her roommate Ainsley, whose attitudes and actions go against the current Marian feels herself [...]

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