Monday, October 14, 2013

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

The thing that ruins families these days is the husbands

Why I read this book?

Rebbecca from Book Riot raves about Margaret Atwood. After seeing an amazing interview with her I decided it was time to start from the beginning. I was not disappointed.

What's the book about?

Marian is a girl working with a survey enterprise. She is dating a guy, without any pressure…and then he proposes, which being the 60’s is supposed to make you happy, right? Except…her daily routine changes; she cannot longer eat. Thinking of eating even makes her stomach move. The closer and the more public the engagement and hence the marriage the hardest it is for her to eat anything, could it be that her body is telling her something she doesn’t want to see?

What about the main character?

Marian McAlpin is a complicated character. At first she seemed pretty plain, but as the book advances she grows, not only as a character, but as a presence. Her point of views, her fears are in way of critics to the world that she, as a woman, is supposed to accept, but she won’t! And I liked her!

Final thoughts

I really, really liked this book. The first part starts as a first person point of view, we see Marian’s doubt, her views on her friends and acquaintances, on the world. When she gets engaged and “becomes the fiancée” character, the story turns to be told from a by standard point of view, the way Marian starts feeling about her life, like she has no control. It will take her a while to realize that’s what is bothering her but watch out for when she does. The side characters would seem are there to reinforce the ideas that are dancing in her head, whether compromising or rebellious. I was surprised by the way things end up, by the last twist, but it was a pleasant surprise. This was indeed a great start to be introduce to Mrs Atwood, and I foresee a great deal of her work in my future.

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