The Edible Woman

The Edible Woman

Book - 1998
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A humorous, ironic, disturbing, and parabolic novel features a woman who, after her engagement to be wed, first loses her appetite and then becomes obsessed with the idea that she herself is being eaten.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Anchor books ed
ISBN: 9780385491068
0385491069
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATWOOD 1998
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm

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Brontina66
Apr 08, 2018

I read The Handmaid's Tale and liked it, so - when I saw this novel on the shelf - I decided to borrow it. It has left me slightly dissatisfied, to be honest. But let's begin with what I liked: the humor and the style, definitely. Atwood writes with such elegance and subtlety, you don't immediately realize that what you have just read is actually very funny and something that we all have experienced. The characters grow on you and page after page you want to know what is Ainsley or Marion going to do next. However, that said, I should also notice that in some parts the story really slows down and you wonder what is exactly the point being made. The male characters seem to be all flawed, in some way or another, all of them self-absorbed and demanding. But women are not always much better, they seem mostly to be scheming to get a husband or a father for their future child. The end also left me perplexed. I will not share it, but it seemed to me to be a complete anticlimax, as if there were after all no great secret or revelation at all. Marion, the protagonist, is first person narrator in the first and third part of the story, the central section is told by a third person, omniscient narrator. I am not sure I get the reason for this switch. I preferred to have Marion as narrator. However, overall this is a good book and it certainly makes one think about relationships and marriage, and how they can sometimes devour women. But please don't put too much trust in the cover's description of the story - that is partially inaccurate and probably led me to expect something that was not in the novel.

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mrprado
Dec 10, 2017

Reflections on relationships, identity and consumerism. I really enjoyed it.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

I keep expecting there to be some element of fantasy throughout this book, but there never is. It's a strange take on relationships, marriage, engagement and how people change as their titles do. Pretty good.

debwalker Oct 27, 2011

Atwood wrote about eating disorders before anyone talked about eating disorders. Still think about the egg thing whenever I eat a boiled egg.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

Atwood's first novel was not overly exciting and I did not feel compelled to finish the book, even halfway through.

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oliviay
Dec 16, 2009

Great book.

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annekim9
Feb 20, 2007

This is a true original.

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