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Zany moments, sympathetic humour.
on May 27, 2017
Reading <b>Margaret Atwood</b> is a long time coming. Two of her novels are the longest in my queue, since 1996 at least. I kept picking up our renowned Canadian and am on my way. I like trying books and music in order (the fun state of being a list check-marker and a completionist)! "<b>The Edible Woman</b>" is her first. Her offerings clung to the queue because I read adventure literature; paranormal, mystery, fantasy and some non-fiction. Literary, scholarly fiction, and social commentaries or satires are not my milieu; thus I await an inquisitive mood.
There are aspects of this satire, which is what it is, that are abstract. Readers decide what they thought was behind the protagonist's thoughts and behaviour, or keeners point out symbolism. I am much more admiring of people capable of being swept away in fiction. I cared about Marian, who did not want to lock into her marketing job, nor did she want to marry Peter. She tried ditching him, in an unusual way and was caught off guard when he proposed. She was content prior and happy after. Engaged, she went through the motions of her days and hung out with a bizarre guy, Duncan. Her roommate, Ainsley was avant-garde for 1969: wanting a baby solo, until a seminar convinced her a father was important.
A theme no one raises is, despite Marian's numerous pals, she counts on no loyalty. Ainsley is selfish, Duncan needs his head examined, and Peter sees his fiancée as a way to grow up. I like that she seeks advice but solves her own problems. I wished she had been becoming vegetarian, instead of an identity crises spurring a rejection of meat. I really do abhor eating animals! I was entertained by a plethora of zany moments and sympathetic humour.