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Monica Farris

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  • The Edible Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    (129)
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    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Marian is truly ordinary, just waiting to get married. She likes her work, her broody flatmate, and her sober fiancé Peter. All goes well at first, but Marian has reckoned without an inner self that wants something more, an inner self that calmly sabotages her careful plans and stable routine: and her digestion. Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can't stomach.

    connie says: "Better with age"
    "One of my all time favorites of Atwood"
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    This may have been the first book I read of Atwood's - probably 13-14 years ago - a recommendation from a writing mentor, please forgive how pretentious that sounds. (Lady Oracle may have been my first).

    Reading this book for the first time as a 22-23 year old, I was amazed by how much I was experiencing the same conundrums as our protagonist. She struggles with feminism and femininity, a woman's place in society and in the home. She is working a job that was just a j-o-b (and during the time this novel was written, it was almost just assumed that when the woman married, she would quit her job - especially when she is marrying someone as Marian is marrying)

    While I wasn't getting married, I was watching all my friends take that step. Marian's emotions rang so true to my own emotions at the time, reading this was almost like having drinks with a close friend. Marian behaves so irrationally and emotionally, it makes her so endearing and human.

    The narration is ok - I give her 3 stars because her tones and inflections could be slightly better, more in rhythm, but I've listened to the audiobook I think 3 times now, so I obviously don't hate her reading of it. (I've read the book at least twice).

    It is not of Atwood's more recent sci-fi ilk, so if that is what you are looking for, move on.

    Even though I'm no longer in the same place I was at 22, I still really enjoy this book. It will always be one of my favorites. Great for any young woman who thinks she wants to get married because that's what young women do at her age. I've given it as presents a number of times - not at bridal showers though, I think that might be a little too cruel and cynical.

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