Recycled book reading challenge: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Winner of the 2000 booker prize, this book was actually penned in the 60’s. This book was a welcome reprieve from the more serious books I’ve read so far for this challenge.

Penned in 1965, this book contains a surprising and refreshing amount of protofeminism, as there was no feminism in sight at the time when this book was written, yet it still contains within its pages a shining example of youthful feminine independent thought and abject terror of become another one of the married, baby toting masses. Although beautifully intertwined within the realms of the reality of work life / dating life of a 20 something in that time, this story carries in it remarkable similarities of some of the games still played today.

The main characters are:

  • Marian (protagonist): Works in a survey company. Never aimed for marriage, but finds herself engaged to Peter. Shortly after, her subconscious fears that she is being devoured by Peter’s proposal kick into over-drive and she finds herself unable to eat meats and a variety of other foods via some internal disgust of her own perceived emotional cannibalism. (Nope, I’m not ruining the end of this one. The simple symbology wraps up the entire book nicely)
  • Ainsley: Marians female roomie who decides she wants a baby no matter what and to hell with any human emotions the father to be might have. He is, after all, merely a sperm donor
  • Peter: Marians boyfriend -> Fiance
  • Len: Poor guy, Ainsleys target victim
  • Duncan: Bizarre English grad student with whom Marian finds herself curiously able to indulge in his desires for her with an aire of scientific study as opposed to actual affection.

I can see why this book has won awards and that Margaret Atwood is a writer of much significance. This was a good read and I can easily recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something with a bit of an intellectual undertone that doesn’t hurt the brain, or something relaxing relaxing that doesn’t turn your mind into bubblegum.

For those of you who do not know about the Recycled book reading challenge, please click the highlighted bit to learn more. I’d love to have lots of people join me in this reading challenge! Get out those old books, people 🙂

I would like to challenge a few of my fellow bloggers to join me in this challenge:

Lisa Pomerantzster

Alex Charming

Eileen On


R Prab

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll all join in!




17 Comments Add yours

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    Sounds like an interesting read, Mliae. I’ve read my recycled book, just need to make a post about it. 🙂

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    1. mliae says:

      It was a good one 🙂 I look forward to reading your review!


  2. Thanks for another great post and I woke-heartedly accept the challenge. I will click that link and find out the deets. Thanks Mliae!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mliae says:

      A pleasure, as always Lisa! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  3. r_prab says:

    Nice review!You set the stage fairly well! I like the fact that you chose to introduce the characters.It helps form a picture of the drama that may have ensued in the tale! And thanks for introducing me to this challenge.It is quite interesting! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. mliae says:

      Thanks! You are always so kind 🙂 I look forward to you joining the challenge!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. r_prab says:

        Hi Milae! I mined through my collection of dusty books and sorted out 12 of them to write about for this challenge! I have written about it on my blog! I will be posting reviews from next month! I invite you to look at my post! Thank you!:)

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      2. mliae says:

        Great post! I’m so glad you’re joining the challenge! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Great post. This sounds like an interesting read. The emotional conflict and its repercussions sounds really intriguing.
    I’ve got my reading done for the recycle, just have to write it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mliae says:

      Thanks! It was a good read 🙂 Looking forward to reading your post!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Eileen On says:

    I have checked out the book from the library so now I just need to read it!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. HermitCrab says:

    Love Atwood’s poetry and have been wanting to read some of her novels. Cool idea!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mliae says:

      Great, Hermit Crab! I’m thrilled to have you on board 🙂 🙂


  7. Roseylinn says:

    Sounds interesting. I like how you added a brief character bio in your review. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mliae says:

      It was a good one. Sometimes a character synapsis just must be done 🙂


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