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The Edible Woman ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The Edible Woman Author Margaret Atwood – Marian is determined to be ordinary She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancé and uietly awaits marriage But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable rou Marian is determined to be ordinary She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancé and uietly awaits marriage But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine and her digestion Marriage à 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 the desire to be consumed.

10 thoughts on “The Edible Woman

  1. Julie Julie says:

    Right around the time I turned 20 a boyfriend of mine dragged me to a Yes concert I say “dragged” not because I have anything against the band but because I knew only two of their songs and I was the only girl goingMy then boyfriend and his friends were big Yes fans and they had rented a limo stocked with booze and it was a real party scene in that vehicle Well it was a real party scene for them less so for me the girl who didn't know Yes songs and the one who was becoming increasingly aware that she'd been brought along as a type of ornament rather than a bona fide member of that partyWell little did these guys know that though I look and act American I have Anglo Saxon genes and I started hitting the booze pretty hard I was pretty sure that by the time we arrived at the event I wouldn't care too much about the lyrics My plan backfired Instead of becoming powerful and vengeful like an Anglo or perhaps a Saxon I became tearful and before I knew it I was sobbing out by the vendors while my completely peeved date stared on in terrorThere was sobbing there was screaming there was the great Universal lament of all women possessed that moment in me How was I ever going to balance having children and a career? How could I ever afford to go to graduate school? How would a loser like this guy him be able to make enough money so I could raise children without working? After the screaming and shouting and staring I broke free though he wasn't holding me and I started to run from the stadium I had no idea where I was going I had not a dollar bill on my person but still I ran from him and I think I recall screaming LOSER all the wayBy the time the concert had ended I was waiting for the party by the limo a crumpled Saxon with no ride and nowhere left to runThree months later our relationship was officially over I had my first Margaret Atwood novel in my hands and I experienced the pleasure of meeting Marian McAlpin Dear dear Marian Marian McAlpin who also runsThis week 20 years later I decided to reread my Atwood debut The Edible Woman and it took me right back Back to Marian back to Ainsley Peter and Duncan and back to all of the colorful friends from this novelIt was one big reading love fest and when I arrived at the part of the story where Marian runs I remembered the night that I shouted “No” and ran from YesAtwood does a brilliant job here of explaining through her many delicious metaphors and superior storytelling how we “eat or are eaten” and that who we are as consumers of EVERYTHING is not necessarily the crux of ANYTHINGAnd she reminds us in this novel that sometimes a girl's gotta run

  2. Fabian Fabian says:

    A novel with a major very creepy power Very different from her latter books The Edible Woman is about the destructive power of man woman relationships and it takes place in a world of robotic emotions and mechanical compulsions not too far off from the Victorian variety The novel a true avantgarde sociosexual depiction borrows its demonic tone from Hawthorne its cinematography from Cronenberg its absurdism from David Lynch Also it contains all the brilliance pseudo silliness of Beckett Gender role reversal is perhaps the outstanding theme here In The Edible Woman bearded men act like giant babies a woman can be metaphorically literally eaten and all the young men and women are desperate and yearning to fill up their counterparts' role according to society and history Like a JG Ballard yarn of uiet hysteria and a deep scathing discomfort hard to peg this one down without so many similes Woman is satire supreme gone awry As well as top notch topsy turvy

  3. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    Margaret Atwood’s prescient first novel still offers lots to chew onMarian a 20 something woman in 1960s Toronto gets engaged to her dull but respectable lawyer boyfriend Peter then soon begins losing her appetite for food This causes problems leading up to the wedding as Marian suffers a serious identity crisis Perhaps she doesn’t want to submit to this marriage after allThis was Margaret Atwood’s first novel and besides the funny and insightful writing the book was way ahead of its timeAtwood wrote it in the early to mid 60s and because of a publishing snafu it wasn’t published until 1969 Still this was long before anorexia nervosa was a common disorder Marian’s roommate Ainslie wants to have a baby out of wedlock which was far less of an acceptable option then than it became later And the book’s implicit critiue of Marian’s expected life – go to school to find a husband work until you get married andor have a child – was seen as an outgrowth of feminism even though Atwood in a later introduction admits she wrote it before the movementI love how Atwood carefully sets up Marian’s condition She works at a marketing research firm so she’s constantly aware of the rampant consumerism around her Food metaphors abound in the early chapters Marian’s office “company is layered like an ice cream sandwich with the three floors the upper crust the lower crust and our department the gooey layer in the middle” Further the humidity in the office is unbearable “The air conditioning system I saw had failed again though since it is merely a fan which revolves in the centre of the ceiling stirring the air around like a spoon in soup it makes little difference whether it is going or not”One of the cleverest moves was switching the POV once Marian starts becoming unstable from first person to third person It’s as if Marian begins viewing what’s happening to her at a remove She’s alienated from herselfAnd the secondary characters are all highly amusing from the forthright Ainslie to Marian’s co workers – dubbed “the office virgins” all sporting dyed blonde hair – to Duncan a boyish grad student who’s everything Peter isn’t The literary digressions by Duncan and his academic roommates might seem commonplace today – psychosexual interpretations of Alice In Wonderland etc think of the eating metaphors in it – back then they must have been incredibly refreshingI also like wondering if Duncan is real or a figment of Marian’s imagination Atwood has some difficulty handling the passage of time and there’s not much about Marian’s familyBut the look at WASPy straight laced 1960s era Toronto is fascinating; one scene in which two unmarried people try to find a hotel to have sex in is hilarious And the book holds up incredibly well There are still lots of Marians and Peters out there and society’s obsession with food consumption and the glamorization of the ideal life has grown exponentially over nearly 50 yearsA brilliant fictional debut by a writer who would go on to become one of the most influential and prolific voices of her generation

  4. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    I decided to re read this because its white spine always calls my attention next to the black spines of Austen and Brontë My review from two and a half years ago to paraphrase Talking Heads seems to talk a lot but not say anything The Edible Woman was Atwood's first novel and thus I must treat it like a first novel Atwood was twenty six when she wrote this and it reads like it The novel presents itself as a tale of a women who is faced with the awful prospect of marriage The thought of her imminent nuptials causes Marian our protagonist to start viewing foods as living entities It first starts with meat Marian can only see the animal it once was on her plate Then it becomes far worse She cannot eat carrots because she can only imagine the great pain it must have caused them to be ripped from the ground She peers into a boiled egg and all she sees is a yellow eye staring back at her very Bataille For Marian eating any food at all becomes a sort of cannibalismHowever I wish that this is what the novel actually is The actual 'edible woman' part of The Edible Woman does not happen until roughly two thirds into the novel Instead most of this novel is just us following Marian as she goes to work or visits to the launderette or goes from door to door asking people to fill out surveys It can get boring and it puts you in the strange position of actually wanting Marian to hurry up and have her mental breakdown already Thankfully Atwood created the character of Ainsley Marian's flatmate who decides that she wants to have a baby but only so she can raise it herself away from the damaging influence of a father figure Due to these kind of themes throughout the novel Atwood has referred to the book as a proto feminist work I suppose Ainsley could be seen as a precursor to Val from Marilyn French's The Women's Room The most disappointing aspect of this novel however is where it ends up going I cannot discuss this part in detail as it would be a spoiler but for those who have read it I detest DuncanSo after my re read I've decided to take a star away from my original review It is now a two star novel meaning it's alright but I don't recommend unless you're an Atwood completestOriginal review from 3115Well this is a novel that is fecund with originality I really enjoyed this Basically imagine if The Bell Jar was actually good and readable then you'd have this I really admire Atwood's decision to switch between third and first person narration It's very clever and works marvellously In fact this whole novel is very clever and marvellous What a wonderful way to begin my #YearofAtwood

  5. Ines Ines says:

    This story is perhaps the most pathological dystopian and absurd I’ve ever read I try to leave my profession as a psychiatrist hidden and behind I know impossible thing and I would like to evaluate with the eyes of an average normal person this book as happened to me that not wanting to take this particular work in the library I chose it because it was struck by the coverThe plot is nothing complicated rather complete monotony We will meet Mariam a very uiet girl but a little weirdI swear from the initial descriptions made it looked like a high functioning autistic girl She works for a market survey company shares an apartment with a friend and survives with very few social relationships mostly fragile fragmented and somewhat superficial Marian even in her typicality is not at all stupid or superficial and this is where as we will see a real psychotic obsession will be inserted that will push her to aberrant tragic and distressing situationsThe obsession of not eating because otherwise she will risk to be eaten by the colleagues and the few friends Peter with his reuest to marry her opens the Pandora’s box unfortunately giving life to a real psychiatric life to MariamWhy did I give such a low rating? because the plot will make your skin crawl is ambiguous to its maximum power to make you doubt that it is set in a dystopian world but no we are in Canada I assume in the 90sThe plot is divided into three parts the first a cosmic bothering here I really risked to give up the book nothing special happens but this total apathy of all the characters all but I say all from the first part of the book up to the third are painful to life without effective brio desire to know with interest and curiosity and friends colleagues or those who meet in lifeAll characters who could be pulled out from a day center for psychiatric rehabilitation so dear GR readers it is not that there is to stay relaxed and happy in the face of an expectation of such men and women totally detached from themselves and hateful This you will read perhaps the only one who is saved a little is Duncan kind of loverfriend to her but unfortunately unable to have an incisiveness or support on the tragedy of Mariam paradoxically we will see in the first and second part of the book as a dull woman manipulated by everyone about everything and everything devoid of precise desires but it is precisely during her obsession that the real Mariam desperately tries to know herself asking uestions to herself and desperately tries to get out of that sick vortex that prevents her from living in all senses so the plot's clue will arrive at the end only in the third partDo you want to hurt yourselves? then read this novel it is a sick story totally sickI’m surprised that Atwood wrote this story as a debut novel you will no longer feel this redundant distorted vision of all reality almost like a psychiatric manual in her other works for sue the ones that I have readDo you know why I do not recommend it? because it is inconclusive because Mariamwill be able to get out?uesta storia è forse la piu' patologia distopica e assurda che abbia mai lettocerco di lasciarmi alle spalle la mia professione di medico psichiatra lo so cosa impossibile e vorrei valutare con gli occhi di una persona normalissima uesto libro come è successo a me che non volendo assolutamente prendere in biblioteca uesta particolare opera l'ho comunue scelta perchè folgorata dalla copertinaLa trama non è nulla di complicatoanzi monotonia completa conosceremo Mariam una ragazza tranuillissima ma un tantino stramba giuro dalle descrizioni iniziali fatte sembrava un autismo ad alta funzionalità lavora per una società di indagini di mercato condivide un appartamento con una amica e sopravvive con pochissime relazioni sociali per lo piu' fragili frammentate e aluanto superficiali Marian pur nella sua tipicità non è assolutamente ne stupida ne scema o superficiale ed è ui che come poi vedremo si innesterà un vera ossessione psicotica che la spingerà a situazioni aberranti tragicomiche e laceranti L'ossessione di non mangiare perchè in caso contrario rischia di essere mangiata dalle colleghe e dai pochi amici Peter con la sua richiesta di sposarla apre il vaso di Pandora dando vita purtroppo ad un vero vivere psichiatrico di MariamPerchè ho dato una valutazione così bassa? perchè la storia vi farà accapponare la pelle è ambigua alla sua massima potenza tanto da farvi venire il dubbio che sia ambientata in un mondo distopico invece no siamo in Canada presumo negli anni 90La trama è divisa in due parti la prima una balla cosmica ui ho proprio rischiato di abbandonare il libro nulla di particolare accade se non uesta totale apaticità di tutti i personaggi tutti ma dico tutti dalla prima parte del libro sino alla terza sono dolenti alla vita senza brio effettivo a conoscere con piu' interesse e curiosità e desiderio amici colleghi o chi si incontra nella vitaTutti personaggi che si potrebbero tirare fuori da centri diurni per la riabilitazione psichiatrica uindi cari lettori GR non è che c'è da stare rilassati e contenti di fronte ad una aspettativa del genere uomini e donne totalmente avulse su loro stessi e odiosi uesto leggerete forse l'unico che si salva un filino è Duncan ma purtroppo incapace ad avere una incisività o supporto sulla tragedia di Mariam paradossalmente la vedremo nella prima e seconda parte del libro come una donna scialba manipolata da tutti su tutto e per ogni cosa priva di desideri precisiE' proprio durante la sua Ossessione che la vera Mariam tenta e cerca disperatamente di conoscere se stessa si pone delle domande e cerca disperatamente di uscire da uel vortice malato che le impedisce di vivere in tutti i sensiVolete farvi del male? allora leggete uesto romanzo è una storia malata totalmente malataMi sorprende che la Atwood abbia scritto uesta storia come romanzo d'esordio non si percepirà piu' uesta ridondante visione distorta di tutta la realtà uasi da manuale psichiatrico nelle altre sue opere che ho lettolo sapete perchè ve lo sconsiglio? perchè è inconcludente perchè Mariamriuscirà ad uscirne?

  6. etherealfire etherealfire says:

    The first book I read by Margaret Atwood in the mid eighties and the one that made me a fan I had never read anything uite like it before and I was hooked

  7. Meaghan Meaghan says:

    Written just before the founding of NOW The Edible Woman is as relevant today as it was in 1965 The novel’s protagonist Marian has recently graduated from college and is working for a public opinion company She is dating a man Peter who everyone thinks is perfect Once engaged Marian begins to have trouble eating As she is consumed by her relationship she stops being able to consume food In the first sex scene in The Edible Woman which is rich in messages and metaphors Peter decides he wants to have sex in the bathtub Marian agrees but isn’t thrilled She thinks Peter is attempting to act out things he read about Sex in the bathtub she decides is a scene from a murder mystery he read She notes “but wouldn’t that the scene Peter read about rather be someone drowned in the bathtub? A woman” In the end Marian breaks her engagement and tries to feed Peter a cake she made to look like herself claiming that he wants to devour her There is a clear feminist voice throughout the story and the message is not as simple as marriage consumes women Marian decides that her independence is important than a marriage to someone who does not let her be an individual The intersection between Marian’s sexuality and eating habits are salient in today’s popular culture While The Edible Woman was written before eating disorders were discussed they are now a big part of our culture The relationship between food and sexuality is even fodder for situation comedy—Last night I watched a rerun of Friends in which Monica and Rachel show Chandler how to deal with being dumped “the women way” They hand him soy milk ice cream and tell him that you have to eat healthy ice cream when heartache happens freuently When he gets really depressed they break out the full fat Ben and Jerry’s The message is clear—when women are upset it affects the way they eat Unlike Monica and Rachel who binge eat when they are upset Marian responses to problems in her relationship by starving herself Why did she stop eating? Does she want to starve the dependent person she had become? While in 1965 Atwood used the idea of food and Marian’s self imposed starvation as a metaphor today the idea of a women starving herself as a relationship deteriorates is sadly a cliché

  8. Oriana Oriana says:

    before Ohhh this book is like my favorite hoodie—threadbare and falling apart but so so soft and comfy with all those little stains and patches as sweet reminders of long ago Love love love love this bookafter Well yes I do love this book as much as ever but I was actually kind of surprised at how different it was from the last time I read it oh five or six years ago Here are some reflections in list form because I'm feeling lazy1 I am still terribly and utterly in love with Duncan who was I believe my very first literary crush when I was like fifteen But some of the magic is gone this time He's gotten a little clichéd with over reading I guess? I've easily read this ten times2 I was really surprised how steeped in fifties mentality and early feminist theory it was Marian has to uit her job when they find out she's getting married for example and this is accepted placidly as normal Huh?3 While the story is totally awesome and the characters are incredibly great the most important element for me of any Margaret Atwood book is always the stunning stunning language which was not so much on display here This was I'm pretty sure her first published novel but she was a poet before that and so it's not like she didn't already know how to turn like the most beautiful phrases ever 4 The whole not eating thing Gosh I'd remembered it being like the whole book this agonizing descent food item by food item into essential starvation but actually she doesn't even stop eating meat until like a third of the way through the book 5 Also I remembered being totally on Marian's side when she goes sort of crazy but this time she really did seem a bit hysterical a bit less a victim of oppressive and destabilizing circumstances6 Also WTF I was so bummed that minor spoiler I guess if you care Ainslie wound up deciding to get married after all—even trying to get Len to marry her Blaugh Again though this was written in what the mid fifties or early sixties? So what do I know7 It made me really upset to realize about halfway through that I am older than these characters If not all of them at least most I don't really feel like going into why this was so disconcerting but it was staggeringly

  9. Marchpane Marchpane says:

    The Edible Woman Margaret Atwood’s debut novel is a slightly topsy turvy inverted fairytale with shades of Mad Men in its focus on consumer culture and the stifling social conventions of the mid Sixties Published in 1969 but written a few years earlier Atwood’s sly humour elevates this story of one woman’s identity crisis amid the restrictive expectations placed on young women of the time marriage and babies in that order In some ways this novel is like a time capsule from a lost era – we are no longer scandalised by unwed mothers or expect women to uit their jobs upon marrying – but there’s still plenty of relevance in the ways women are ‘packaged’ for consumption and the pressure to conform Plus Atwood’s writing remains fresh and very readableWritten 20 years before the dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale it’s interesting to compare the two novels both show women confined to roles as baby making machines Stepford wives or bureaucratic matrons enforcing the status uo But The Edible Woman is fun jaunty even a comedy of manners that relies on wit and charm to get its satirical point across with some mild surrealism thrown in Later The Handmaid’s Tale would dispense with humour altogether to present its nightmare scenario as a plausible outgrowth of the faintly absurd social s displayed here I’m looking forward to seeing where Atwood takes the theme next in The TestamentsReading The Edible Woman it’s clear that Atwood has been from the beginning a keen observer of the societal constraints placed on women In this debut her barbs are sort of gently pointed rather than piercing but it’s very far from lightweight Sardonic insights served with a wink and a pink swirl of buttercream icing 4 stars

  10. Meike Meike says:

    Written in 1965 this is a protofeminist work that anticipated second wave feminism in North America and it is important to keep that in mind when reading it because fortunately some aspects seem outdated for today's readers; unfortunately though other aspects are still upsettingly relevant Discussing gender stereotypes and consumerism the story is told from the perspective of Marian a young woman who works for a market research company and slowly loses her sense of self after getting engaged Marian is expected to perform in the roles ascribed to her and to consume in a market economy until she slowly loses her appetite and feels unable to consume food The situation of the protagonist is contrasted by that of her roommate who plots to become pregnant without the prospective father's consent and a friend who suffers as a housewife and mother of three All of this is of course highly allegorical but not as abstract and clever as Han Kang's The Vegetarian and many scenes shine due to Atwood's ability to write psychologically convincing dialogue but the main problem of the book is its portrayal of male characters In this novel all men are idiots The fiance is imprisoned in his own role trying to live up to what is expected of him as the man the lover is a manipulative drifter and the others are mere plot devices So while Atwood's debut novel certainly isn't a bad book there's a reason why this is not as widely read today as a lot of her other works

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