I just loved this book. I took a long time reading it, picking it up when I really felt in the mood of the scener;, urban, young, and undecided. My favorite character, and the most hateable was Duncan, the pinnacle of self-indulgent English major males who sees himself as a ghost and thinks wisping through life and making selfish observations will somehow turn into a career.
I felt both empathy and resentment for Marian, the lost woman who could have been strong in another time, but was trapped in the 60s with no other options but boring jobs and getting married to the first person who proclaimed some kind of semblance of love.
Not so subtle symbolism abounds in this novel. The female protagonist was well-developed, but I was not so sure if I should like her. Feminism, identity, and fulfillment were prominent throughout the text.
It is well-written, but be ready for some "in-you-face" symbolism, while Atwood's later novels seem much more subtle in their symbolic approach.