NCL 93 – The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood


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The Edible Woman  was not included in Series One.


The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (New Canadian Library N93)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

The novel that established Margaret Atwood as a first-rate prose writer is a witty, diverting–though by no means frivolous–story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world becomes less sane and less structured as she begins to identify with the things consumed. A conservative fiancé, graduate student acquaintances slipping into their own incestuous madness, a friend who wants a baby but no husband, a devious landlady, and dowdy working companions–Marian thought she could cope with them all. Then food lost its appeal and she found herself unable to eat.

What happens next is an unusual solution–if it is a solution–to the problems of a young woman who, a willing member of a consumer society, suddenly finds herself identifying with the things consumed. Beneath the crust of this deceptive book there is plenty for the reader to sink his teeth into, as Margaret Atwood, the Governor General’s Award-winning poet, uses her cast of characters as a vehicle for incisive portrayals and ironic perceptions on how and whom our society consumes.


The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (New Canadian Library N93)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

Margaret Atwood’s incisive, ironic, and delightfully comic first novel.

The novel that established Margaret Atwood as a first-rate prose writer is a witty, diverting–though by no means frivolous–story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world becomes less sane and less structured as the focus of her identity undergoes a strange shift… A conservative fiancé; graduate student acquaintances slipping into their own incestuous madness; a friend who wants a baby (but no husband); a devious landlady–Marian MacAlpine thinks she can cope with them all. Then food loses its appeal and she found herself unable to eat.

What happens to someone who has been a willing member of consumer society–and then suddenly finds herself identifying with the things consumed?


The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

What happens to someone who has been a willing member of consumer society when she suddenly finds herself identifying with the things consumed?

THE EDIBLE WOMAN, the novel that established Margaret Atwood as a prose writer of major significance, is the witty and diverting story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world suddenly slips strangely out of focus. As a result, Marian McAlpin finds herself unable to eat; first meat, then eggs, and finally even vegetables become abhorrent to her. In this tour de force, Margaret Atwood presents a striking condemnation of contemporary society and of the rampant consumerism that deprives people of both soul and sustenance.

Margaret Atwood is a pro who knows exactly what she is doing with every phrase.” – Vancouver Sun


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