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Marian is determined to be ordinary. She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancee and quietly awaits marriage. But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion. Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can't stomach ...
The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibalism, men and women, and desire to be consumed.
©1969, 1980 Margaret Atwood (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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"Funny, sharp, witty, clever." ( The Times) "Written with a brilliant angry energy." ( Observer)
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By Andrea on 07-07-10

Sometimes there's a reason books get rejected...

I am a die-hard Atwood fan, and I've loved every single book/audiobook of hers UNTIL this one. Long, slow, annoyingly cynical and brow-beatingly propagandistic, I can only hope that the remaining books on my Atwood wishlist prove to be more inspiring.

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By Monica Farris on 06-03-12

One of my all time favorites of Atwood

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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By Helen on 12-01-15

Compelling

Whilst I did enjoy this audiobook I think I would get more from it on a second listen. Although the story was compelling I wasn't sure what to expect or where it was going during some parts during my original listen.

Lorelei King is a great performer, I have listened to The Thorn Birds as read by her many times and this performance was just as good.

This is only my second Margaret Atwood book and I would definitely try more based on this one.

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