The Edible Woman

The Edible Woman

Book - 1999
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Marian has a problem. A willing member of the consumer society in which she lives, she suddenly finds herself identifying with the things being consumed. She can cope with her tidy-minded fianc#65533;, Peter, who likes shooting rabbits. She can cope with her job in market research, and the antics of her roommate. She can even cope with Duncan, a graduate student who seems to prefer laundromats to women. But not being able to eat is a different matter. Steak was the first to go. Then lamb, pork, and the rest. Next came her incapacity to face an egg. Vegetables were the final straw. But Marian has her reasons, and what happens next provides an unusual solution. Witty, subversive, hilarious, The Edible Woman is dazzling and utterly original. It is Margaret Atwood's brilliant first novel, and the book that introduced her as a consummate observer of the ironies and absurdities of modern life.


From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1999, c1969
ISBN: 9780771008597
0771008597
9780770428228
0770428223
9780771091933
0771091931
9780771008849
9780385491068
0385491069
Characteristics: 330 p

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mrprado
Dec 10, 2017

Reflections on relationships, identity and consumerism. I really enjoyed it.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

I keep expecting there to be some element of fantasy throughout this book, but there never is. It's a strange take on relationships, marriage, engagement and how people change as their titles do. Pretty good.

debwalker Oct 27, 2011

Atwood wrote about eating disorders before anyone talked about eating disorders. Still think about the egg thing whenever I eat a boiled egg.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

Atwood's first novel was not overly exciting and I did not feel compelled to finish the book, even halfway through.

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oliviay
Dec 16, 2009

Great book.

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annekim9
Feb 20, 2007

This is a true original.

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