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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

Tidbits

R Prab

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

-Mliae

 

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17 Comments »

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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!

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