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Lisa

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  • The Edible Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    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"
    "Very disappointed"
    Overall

    In the introduction to this book, Ms. Atwood says this is an early work of hers that was published years later -- after she had already published many of those for which she is famous. It shows. The plot is not compelling and you feel no affinity for the characters. I listened to it all the way through, hoping it would get better because everything else I have read of Ms. Atwood's I have enjoyed, but I grew to be actually annoyed by the characters. The conclusion resolves none of the tension the writer created and I was left disappointed by the journey. Aside from not liking the plot and characters, I felt the book contained way too much descriptor language that further burdened the flow. The writing didn't show much discipline and seemed to be mostly writing for writing's sake.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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