Marian è una ragazza ben educata e istruita, vive negli anni Sessanta a Toronto, ed è fidanzata con Peter, un promettente avvocato. Lavora in un'azienda che si occupa di ricerche di mercato, dove i posti di responsabilità sono tutti ricoperti da uomini. Ambiziosa, ma anche desiderosa di essere normale, Marian decide di assecondare le richieste del suo fidanzato e della società e attende fiduciosa il matrimonio, che pensa le conferirà un ruolo. La svolta inattesa giunge quando incontra Duncan, un dottorando in Letteratura inglese che ignora le regole ed è profondamente determinato, a differenza di Marian, a esprimere la propria individualità. La ribellione parte dal corpo della ragazza, che inizia a rifiutare il cibo: prima la carne, poi le uova, infine le verdure, finché la sua personalità, tenuta così a lungo a freno, esplode in una serie di comportamenti inappropriati e sovversivi, modificando per sempre la sua rassicurante, stabile routine. Spregiudicato, esilarante e acuto, La donna da mangiare è il primo romanzo di Margaret Atwood e contiene già tutti i temi delle sue opere successive, presentandola come un'osservatrice consumata delle ironie e delle assurdità generate dal conformismo. Questo primo libro dell'autrice diventerà anche una serie tv, la cui uscita è prevista per il 2021.
- ISBN: 8833314901
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 396
Right around the time I turned 20, a boyfriend of mine dragged me to a Yes concert. I say “dragged” not because I have anything against the band, but because I knew only two of their songs, and I was the only girl going. My then-boyfriend and his friends were big Yes fans, and they had rented a limo Leggi tutto
A novel with a major, very creepy power. Very different from her latter books, "The Edible Woman" is about the destructive power of man-woman relationships and it takes place in a world of robotic emotions and mechanical compulsions (not too far off from the Victorian variety!). The novel, a true av Leggi tutto
Margaret Atwood’s prescient first novel still offers lots to chew on Marian, a 20-something woman in 1960s Toronto, gets engaged to her dull-but-respectable lawyer boyfriend, Peter, then soon begins losing her appetite for food. This causes problems leading up to the wedding, as Marian suffers a seri Leggi tutto
I decided to re-read this because its white spine always calls my attention next to the black spines of Austen and Brontë. My review from two and a half years ago, to paraphrase Talking Heads, seems to talk a lot but not say anything. The Edible Woman was Atwood's first novel, and thus I must treat Leggi tutto
This story is perhaps the most pathological, dystopian and absurd I’ve ever read.... I try to leave my profession as a psychiatrist hidden and behind, I know, impossible thing and I would like to evaluate with the eyes of an average, normal person this book, as happened to me, that not wanting to ta Leggi tutto
The first book I read by Margaret Atwood in the mid-eighties and the one that made me a fan. I had never read anything quite like it before and I was hooked.
Written just before the founding of NOW, The Edible Woman is as relevant today as it was in 1965. The novel’s protagonist, Marian, has recently graduated from college and is working for a public opinion company. She is dating a man, Peter, who everyone thinks is perfect. Once engaged Marian begins t Leggi tutto
before Ohhh this book is like my favorite hoodie—threadbare and falling apart but so so soft and comfy, with all those little stains and patches as sweet reminders of long ago. Love love love love this book... after Well yes, I do love this book as much as ever, but I was actually kind of surprised a Leggi tutto
The Edible Woman , Margaret Atwood’s debut novel, is a slightly topsy-turvy inverted fairytale, with shades of Mad Men in its focus on consumer culture and the stifling social conventions of the mid-Sixties. Published in 1969 but written a few years earlier, Atwood’s sly humour elevates this stor Leggi tutto
Written in 1965, this is a protofeminist work that anticipated second wave feminism in North America - and it is important to keep that in mind when reading it, because fortunately, some aspects seem outdated for today's readers; unfortunately though, other aspects are still upsettingly relevant. Di Leggi tutto
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