Meredith's Challenge 2.0

52 books, one year. Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

2.23 The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Does it say something about me if I told you that I read this the same weekend we went to a friend's wedding party and that I was cranky and miserable for the rest of the day? Or that after reading it, I'm even less interested in getting married? I know that it's fiction and focuses on a specific time period ( first printed in 1969). I cannot imagine acting in a way that is the opposite of how I feel so that my partner feels better about himself or literally running away from somebody only to return because that person asks me to marry him. And then get engaged to this person even though I don't think that I really like him all that much. Ugh. God(dess) bless feminism.

This novel has a lot of heavy, obvious symbolism which I wasn't too keen on. I get that the main character feels trapped but why she have to get stuck under a bed to show the reader? Not eating because she felt like she was disappearing? And the woman cake bit? I don't know what to make of it. By the end, I didn't know what to think anymore. It seemed like the one feminist in the book was going to get married, which she emphatically did not want to do earlier, because she was worried about her son being gay and having no father figure. And the heroine was in another relationship that she didn't really want to be in. ***sigh*** Margaret, why did you lead us astray?


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