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

  • Title: The Edible Woman
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN: 9780385491068
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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. 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 [...]

    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 o [...]

    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 increa [...]

    4. I decided to re-read this because its white spine always calls my attention next to the black spines of Austen and Brontë. 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 [...]

    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 decide [...]

    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, [...]

    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 more than I d [...]

    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 e [...]

    9. Υπόθεση: Η Μάριαν κάνει μια δουλειά που δεν την ενθουσιάζει (από την οποία όμως δεν βλέπει έξοδο διαφυγής),έχει σχέση με έναν άνδρα κατά του γάμου και των δεσμεύσεων,ενώ η ίδια αποζητά κάτι παραπάνω, και μένει με μια κοπέλα με την οποία δεν έχουν κανενα κοινό,πέρα από το ότι σ [...]

    10. Well, I liked this novella more 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 more t [...]

    11. 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? Meanwhi [...]

    12. “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 Canadá a finales de los 60, yo hablo de Españ [...]

    13. On to my quest to read more 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 [...]

    14. I don't think I could have read "The Edible Woman" at a better time than now, when topics of feminism are becoming more and more 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 bei [...]

    15. Some books are easily and quickly devoured, as by a greedy child, and enjoyed all the more for the speed of consumption. Others, however, may be eaten with similar speed, but only to arrive more 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 cri [...]

    18. 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.

    19. 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 r [...]

    20. 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 eng [...]

    21. 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 more about the human aspects of life that collided with the lives of these women [...]

    22. 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. A [...]

    23. ✮ Read this review and more 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 fiancé 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 roo [...]

    24. 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 more, I wondered if it's okay that feminism might not [...]

    25. 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 o [...]

    26. 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 he [...]

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