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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

My First Atwood!

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Fellow book worms, I'm finally reading my first Atwood novel. I know, right? How did I make it this far in life without reading any Atwood?

I was scouring the book section in a local charity shop for familiar authors and came across this. Stumbling across old and clearly well-read books is one of my little joys in life. I find myself wondering who has sat and read these same pages before me? I wonder it they liked it? Hated it? Did they go into work the next morning and press it into the hands of a friend hastily saying 'you must read this, I think you'll adore it'?

"Marian is determinedly ordinary, waiting to get married. 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."

I'm currently around half way through and although it's under 300 pages, I'm finding it's one I have to read in short bursts. A couple of chapters in I wasn't sure if I was going to make it all the way through but it seems to have a way of drawing me in, almost like it has grabbed me by the shoulders and pulled me closer. It's actually been a bit of a strange experience - strange in a good way though. 

Have you read this, or any other Atwood novels? 
Any you would particularly recommend? 

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  1. I love Margaret Atwood, although haven't read this one. The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin are all really good but my absolute favourite is Surfacing. It's creepy and cold in a cool way and the descriptive passages are incredible!

    Let me know if you recommend this one when you've finished :) xx

    Bambi Jane

  2. I must admit, I've never read an Atwood but maybe I should!? I completely agree about looking in charity shops though.. there's just something so comforting about searching through the book section xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  3. Gosh I know what you mean about well read books! Would love to give this one a try :D Have you heard of Helen Dunmore? x

    elizabeth | "Ice Cream" whispers Clara | Follow for a follow!

  4. I absolutely love Alias Grace!! Picked it up in the library one rainy day when waiting for the bus and got hooked - I have a copy of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin that I'm hoping to get round to one day, and I'll keep an eye out for The Edible Woman now!

  5. I have never read an Atwood, but this sounds like something I would really enjoy. Just that little snippet actually sounds like my own behaviour, I predict I will freak out edging towards my wedding day - when that day arrives. I am like Chandler off friends, a total commitment phobe.


  6. I love Margaret Atwood but I haven't read this one - it's definitely on my list. The Haidmaid's Tale is a must-read. x

  7. I've only read The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. I liked the first two, didn't like the last one! None of the plot summaries for her other books really draw me in, but I guess I should try them out.

  8. I love everything I've read by Atwood, if you're going to read anything, make it The Handmaid's Tale!


  9. Oh my I'm so proud! *wipes eyes with handkerchief*
    She is marvellous. My favourites are the Handmaid's Tale (amazing) and the Orxy and Crake series (very weird but also amazing). Enjoy!

  10. Yes! I studied The Handmaid's Tale in college, and initially got frustrated with it but ended up loving it. I can now fully appreciate it for the awesome book it is! xxx

  11. I read my first Atwood this year too! It was Alias Grace and I was hooked- I need to get my hands on some more I think x

  12. I read the blind assassin a long time ago and I struggled to finish that! We have a read books shelf at work so we can pick some from there !

  13. I haven't read this, although I am intrigued! I have read The Handmaid's Tale, though, and I really enjoyed it - I'd recommend that for sure :) xx


  14. I must admit I've not read any Margaret Atwood although her name definitely rings a bell! As an English graduate, I probably shouldn't admit that... The plot of The Edible Woman sounds really intriguing though.


  15. I've never even heard of Atwood but this sounds good, maybe it's because I'm busy planning my own wedding but I'm intrigued!

    Tara x

  16. It's such a bizarre book! I'm glad you're enjoying/enjoyed it though. I read it for my MA as part of a contemporary literature module and it was so refreshing seeing a text like this being taught. I really need to get through some more of Atwood's back catalogue as I've only read this and Cat's Eye. x

    Megan / www.pixiecrop.com

  17. I love Atwood's novels I can't believe this is your first one! Definitely read A Handmaid's Tale it's fantastic!

    hellomissjordan.com xx


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