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The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
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Jun 22, 10

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Read from June 07 to 21, 2010

I bought this book on a whim as I was walking through B&N. I adore Margaret Atwood.

I want to say that I love this book, but I couldn't attach myself to it. It would be a good companion read to Mrs. Dalloway or Daisy Miller, but being a married lady, I was on the wrong side of things. For most of the book I couldn't figure out if I needed to suspend my belief more or if the imagery was just that heavy. I finally decided that I was dealing with an unreliable narrator.

The characters were good, especially Duncan and Ainsley, but Peter was one-dimensional (perhaps he was supposed to be?) and I couldn't connect with Marian. She seemed unable to summon passion and it made her stiff and irritating to me.

It wasn't a bad book but I think it missed its mark with me. When I finished it I was thinking not about Marian's close call with identity loss but her unlikely sanity.

Of course I'll read Atwood again, but I'll have to rank this one among my favorites of hers.
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