Margaret Atwood

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Life Before Man

book | Fiction | 1979
UK → Cape
Canada → McClelland & Stewart Inc

Life Before Man vividly portrays three people in thrall to the tragicomedy some call love. Imprisoned by walls of their own construction, they are forced to make drastic choices – after the rules have changed and the boundaries have become faded.

There is Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality, who seeks solutions in the wrong men; Nate, wry and gentle husband of Elizabeth, racked by an inability to decide; and Lesje, quiet and inexperienced, who prefers dinosaurs to most men. Hanging over all of them is the ghost of Elizabeth’s dead lover…and the threat of three lives careering inevitably toward potential catastrophe.

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Witty, lightfooted, realistic yet with shooting insights into the nature of personality and love.
Financial Times

Atwood is a wordchild with the gift of tongues, puns, echoes, and symbols
The Times

tender, funny, absorbing, idiosyncratic, truthful, heartening – (it) is a liberating novel
Literary Review

One of the most important writers in English today Germaine Greer

Margaret Atwood takes risks and wins
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