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1969 Book Club

Atwood’s first novel also established some of her principal themes, particularly her concern with gender and objectification. As the title suggests, the novel works as a metaphor for the way women are marketed to men, and couples Marian McAlpin’s impending marriage with her growing revulsion for food, to the point where she can barely eat a salad leaf. Atwood plays with form in interesting ways, including shifting the voice from first to third person as a way to represent Marians detachment from reality.

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