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The Edible Woman

The Edible Woman [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Atwood
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Margaret Atwood is genuinely funny and makes her point engagingly (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE)

The novel offers some ironic reflections on marriage, guilt and the relationship between the sexes - classic Atwood territory (GUARDIAN)

A subtle and penetrating observer of relationships between men and women (SUNDAY TIMES)

Margaret Atwood not only has a sense of humour, she has wit and style in abundance...a real joy to read (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)


'The novel offers some ironic reflections on marriage, guilt and the relationship between the sexes classic Atwood territory'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0771008848
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (28 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089YGWPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays.

In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, was published in 2009. She was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 2008.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Early Atwood 3 Feb 2006
By Ardee
I was bought this book as a present. I hadn't heard of it before, and so came to it with a (fairly) open mind (but I have loved all other Margaret Atwoods I have read).
It is an exploration of the gender divide and expectations on both men and women. It's set (and was written) in the 60's, and it can on occasion feel dated. However, as a woman born in the 70's it is interesting to see how far things have moved forward for women is such a relativly short time. This doesn't mean, however, that there are no lessons to be learnt. I found Marian's (the central charater of the book) need to appease all the men in her life something that I can still see in myself and my friends, even in this day and age!
I think that some people will be disappointed with this, on a plot and structure level. There is no doubt that it is not another 'Alias Grace'. But the symbolism and imagery used make it a satisfying read, especially for those with an interest in the growth and history of feminism.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as her others but still worth a read 27 Aug 2005
I am an Atwood fanatic, so for my birthday I received this book. I really wanted to read it, being one of her earliest books. The book I must say is rather good, even if it does lack the intrigue of her other, later and some would argue (I being one of them) better books.
As usual, Atwood is engaging in her witty narrative. There is humour, irony, sarcasm and pathos which is hard to find in other writers. Marian, I found to be an extremely interesting character as did I find Ainsley, although I couldn't help compare her to Moira in the first few chapters.
Some reviewers have pined that there is little action in this novel, and whilst this is an understandable objection to the book, what would they think if they ever read Woolf? Like Woolf (and even Lawrence for that matter), the object is not so much plot but rather character development. We come to know the characters intimately, with Atwood employing both 1st person narrative then 2nd person narrative, and come to an understanding of the protaganist's, Marian, sentiments and actions. This book is not meant to be a thriller (for that read Da Vinci COde) but rather an exploration into the female mind in the context of marriage, relationships, guilt, fornification and feminism.
So, in short, not as good as say Alias Grace or the sublime Handmaid's Tale, but definitely worth a read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius! 31 May 2000
By A Customer
Despite this being the last of Atwoods books I have read, I found it the most refreshing , if lacking in the seriousness of her latter works. It takes a witty magnifyed look at eating disorders, empty relationships and looks into the beauty of banality, from which buds a new, more real world. It is very much a coming of age book and an exploration of self realisation, where you see our main character fall out of love with the common ideal, and right into the boho life of another.Anyway I'll stop harping on about the plot, and just leave you to discover this amazing novel which left me with muchos satisfaction!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Atwood at her best 30 Sep 2006
By Emm
I've been reading Margaret Atwood for 15 years now, and I have been so moved by so many of her books (Cat's Eye, Handmaid's Tale & Surfacing, to name a few). I'm pleased to say that this book has not disappointed in any way. It is absolutely masterful, almost erotic in places, full of symbolism and intent. It's classic Atwood and has me wanting to haul out all of my older books and re-read them. (And I don't often re-read books). It is amazing to see how much her writing has changed as she has grown older, but it is equally astonishing that I'm well into my 30's now and her books still have the same hold on me, no matter in which stage of her life she was writing them.

This is an important author, as much now as she was in the 70's. Read all of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) a contemporary novel 8 Nov 2007
This is the first book I read by Margaret Atwood, it was written in 1965 but I believe that the only aspects giving away the years depicted are the absence of modern technology in the narrative (i.e. mobile phones, computers etc. -not that this is a "technological" read anyway, just the opposite) and perhpas, only perhaps -that's the way I perceived it- a certain candour in some of the characters/situations which conveys "something" dated.

It's the tale of Marian, a quiet, well-brought up girl in her early 20s who's struggling to conform to the demands and unwritten rules of society. This is not because she does not want to, in fact, she would like to, but she realises that her inner self craves more than a proper, suitable and predictable routine (a good job, a respectable marriage, children in due time etc.), as it was expected -and often still is, if you think about it-. Something in her rebels, in a subtle but undeniably determined way. Will she manage to tackle and overcome her gnawing uneasiness, consistently on the rise, rapidly becoming a true torment and assailing her inner being? (A fact that her "cool" but obtuse boyfriend completely fails to see). That's for you to find out if you get this book.

Bearing in mind the year in which this book was written, some considerations about our modern society arise. Have women's -and men's- roles changed much since then? Of course they have, in many ways. Still, could and can a demanding society have such an impact in the configuration of our lives -or, in what we thought/think our life should be like- that sometimes we felt and feel crushed under the pressure? Has the vortex of speed in which the world has changed in this past century -with its good and bad consequences- changed the core of human nature?
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Atwood book
This is the first Margaret Atwood book I ever read and I haven't found one since that I have enjoyed as much. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joanna Brock
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Since Lady Oracle is among my top 5 favourite books, I was keen to read others by Atwood. Unfortunately, as much as I tried to persevere with this book, I was unable to get even... Read more
Published 4 months ago by tamara leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great, book needed for uni studies, good for those who are interested in novels as I needed this for my creative writing part of my English Degree.
Published 17 months ago by Sharfa Sorwar
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Good book to contrast with for my english coursework, really love this book worth all the money spent on it.
Published 17 months ago by muneeba
3.0 out of 5 stars Consuming
Over symbolic. However, quite consuming and thought provoking. The first Atwood novel I have read, would like to read more.
Published 19 months ago by Miss JC Larkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best.
Found this excrutiatingly tedious but ploughed on with it for a book club meet. Discussion revolved around what are we meant to think of the heroine? Read more
Published 20 months ago by TreasureChest
5.0 out of 5 stars my very first, and most unforgettable Atwood novel
This book was a set reading during my university course "Urban Canadian Literature".
I believe that this was of the most eye-opening book for me during those times. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by Anhan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not boring at all!
I came across this in a charity shop, and bought it based on previous enjoyment of Margaret Atwood's books (The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake). Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by Angry Of Bromley
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel with promise
Although I consider Margaret Atwood one of my favourite authors, I had only previously read three of her 20 novels (which are but half of a body of work which includes, children's... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Attwood is the definitive womans writer
She manages to pull something wonderfully interesting out of her hat everytime.No equivocation, no lazy images. She shows us each time just how it should be done. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Caty
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