In un Nord America messo in ginocchio da una disastrosa crisi economica e dal dilagare della criminalità, Stan e Charmaine, una giovane coppia innamorata, cedono alla falsa lusinga della normalità e della sicurezza promesse da un avvenente progetto, in cambio della rinuncia a qualche «piccola» libertà personale. Finiscono in una città troppo bella per essere vera, dove tutti hanno una casa e stanno bene, dove il prezzo è lavorare per un losco personaggio a capo della comunità, facendo cose orribili: per esempio praticare iniezioni letali ai condannati a morte o lavorare in una sorta di mercato del sesso.
Si ritrovano così a fare il male per libera scelta ma contro la loro volontà. Questa situazione conflittuale li trascinerà in un surreale complotto che darà lo spunto per interrogarsi su cosa significhi amare – in un futuro dove non solo il sesso ma anche l’amore è mercificato – e scegliere. Una riflessione spumeggiante e graffiante, calata in una narrazione serratissima, dal ritmo travolgente, che usa con disinvoltura il paradosso e l’ironia per portare alla luce quelle gemme preziose nascoste nell’arte di Margaret Atwood: pensieri nuovi.
- ISBN: 886833478X
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 372
Be careful what you wish for: “What if we get rejected?” “What if we get accepted?” When ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise. Cecily wished for the latest Atwood. Starting a new Atwood is a treat, especially one hot off the press. She has enjoyed nine * Atwoods over the years, all very different, Leggi tutto
I loved the beginning of this story. I was hooked. Stan and Charmaine were living in their car - married- having lost their jobs. I was also wondering when the bomb was going to explode, as I read several negative early-reviews, from trusted friends. NO BOMB FROM ME.... I liked this book! I had fun! Leggi tutto
‘’Someone’s accepting it, Stan thought. You can bet they are. If there’s money in it.’’ Stan and Charmaine are married, young and hopeful. However, a devastating economic crisis has taken away their jobs and their home. All they have left is an old car that has become their place of residence and is Leggi tutto
Margaret Atwood’s new novel depicts another dystopia, but this one has a lighter tone than The Handmaid’s Tale or the MaddAddam Trilogy . After all, it features life-size sex dolls and groups of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley impersonators. Plus: it’s partly set in Las Vegas! But there’s definitely Leggi tutto
1.5 stars There's not much more depressing from a reader's standpoint than watching one of your favorite authors tank spectacularly. I was cautiously optimistic that the uneven, rocky start of Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last was just a momentary hiccup, that she'd figure out what kind of kind
Hey look! It's Margaret Atwood does the Stepford Wives! Hilarity and perversity ensues! But with an underbelly of nastiness that will make you examine your darkest desires! Your commitment to your significant other(s)! Your notions of free will and (ugh!) what it means to be happy! Happy at last! Sm Leggi tutto
~2.5 This is awkward to admit, but I'm not really sure what to make of this book. The Heart Goes Last takes place in a near-future dystopia where the economy has collapsed and with it has fallen all societal order. Stan and Charmaine are forced to live out of their car, subsisting off of Charmaine's m Leggi tutto
What starts off as inspired dystopic horror, a parable or metaphor for the ages, heartbreakingly bleak, soon after delves into bleh. The title tells all: the taut & pretty perfect prose of Atwood (sorry lame musicians & beadyeyed actors, THIS is Canada's BEST export) has heart until it just doesn't. Leggi tutto
When Gregor Samsa wakes up to find himself transformed into an insect, or when the unnamed narrator of The Committee eats his own arm after a harrowing ordeal with Egyptian bureaucracy, I believe the stories, absolutely. I feel along with the characters - no matter how bizarre the scenarios may be - Leggi tutto
‘The Heart Goes Last’ is Margaret Atwood’s darkly comic dystopian satire. It’s a story of extreme social engineering which feels at first very light, somewhat populist in nature – the narrative initially feels almost predictable, however… Margaret Atwood is not an author who disappoints, neither is s Leggi tutto
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