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The Edible Woman

By (author) Margaret Atwood

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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. 'Margaret Atwood not only has a sense of humour, she has wit and style in abundance ...a joy to read' Good Housekeeping 'Written with a brilliant angry energy' Observer 'A witty, elegant, generous and patient writer' Punch

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 28mm | 260g
  • 13 Mar 1980
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0860681297
  • 9780860681298
  • 10,827

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Author Information

Margaret Atwood's books have been published in over thirty five countries. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times and with Blind Assassin, won it in 2000. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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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

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This is a first novel of genuine style applied to the most ordinary circumstances. . . disconcerting, faintly ominous, and moving with the greatest of ease from the expected to the unexpected. Marian, who works in market research and whom most people consider "abnormally normal," is about to marry Peter who is unquestionably attractive but just too appropriate. As contrasted with her scatty roommate Ainsley who decides to have a deliberately fatherless baby; or another friend trapped into producing one infant after another; or Duncan, an eclectic-to-eccentric student she meets, almost providentially at times, who is a habitue of laundromats and indulger of fantasies. Her upcoming marriage seems to synchronize with her encroaching revulsion, toward foods - first meats and eggs progressing to the humble carrot as recurring images fuse (ingestion/gestation/death) and finally cause her complete funk into flight. . . . Miss Atwood's talent is her own, although you might use Penelope Mortimer as a rough designation. For its intelligence gentled by sympathy, its eye for telltale detail, and its humor which ranges from wit to some waywardly funny scenes - a distinct pleasure to read. (Kirkus Reviews)

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