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.
not as strong of a showing as handmaid's tale, i thought. might be a generational thing, though -- i just couldn't identify with being female in the late 50's/early 60's....
This is a very intriguing read about a young woman in the 1960s (I believe) who is engaged. As her wedding draws nearer, she finds that she is unable to eat specific foods, and tries to figure out why.
Not one of my favorite Atwood novels, but quite readable.
This book was about 20 years ahead of its time. Loved it.
This was Atwood's first book and I enjoyed it very much. I liked the characters and it was totally different from anything she has written since. It's fast reading and I was still thinking about it after I finished....which is a good sign.
Tastey tale crispy not too sweet tangy and rich and moist as only Atwood can server up a story,
I was expecting this book to be a lot better than what the cover said it was. At some points of the book, I had to force myself through because they were a little duller than the rest of the book. Overall, it was an alright book, I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I had to read this book for a class, and while it was not a terrible book, it certainly wasn't the best book I had ever read... It was just a bit dragging at times, and I couldn't really see the importance in anything that was happening.
Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors and this was one of hers that I liked most.
Its the sixties: a time of hippies, draft dodging, and the new sexual revolution. Its a witty look at personal relationships and insecurities: a mix of Erma Bombeck and Erica Jong. Dont let the title and cover notes fool you; its a symbolic cake that doesnt appear until the end. But, meanwhile, enjoy the ride.
Ever since her engagement, marian McAlpin can't eat. Worse yet, she has the crazy feeling that she is being eaten.