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The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood


This is my first Atwood book, as I’ve never been interested in the other plots she creates.  This one, however, caught my attention because there are two average citizens trying to find a way out of their economic downfall by taking a chance.  To me, this plot was everday gritty and real.  It does get a little far out (although some may not agree) when a commercial on television presents Charmaine and Stan with an opportunity to join the Positron Project.  The couple would live in Consilience, a secret community closed off from the rest of the nation (what happens in Positron stays in Positron).  Every other month they live and work in the community’s prison, while another habitant lives in their home.

I enjoyed the style of writing, it was easy and flowed.  I listen to many books an audio and this is extremely important.  Some books I start with audio and can’t continue because it’s too poetic, too fast, or is stream of consciousness and better read.  Not The Heart Goes Last though.  The storyline was great up until 3/4ths into the book.  It gets a little “out there” with life-sized dolls and Elvis Presleys.  I found myself wondering if I was still reading the same book.  Overall it reminded me of the movie Stepford Wives and raised good questions about humanity, which I can appreciate.  Here are some favorite quotes from the novel:

“If you do bad things for reasons you’ve been told are good, does it make you a bad person?”

“what is is, as Grandma Win used to say, and what can’t be cured must be endured, and laugh and the world laughs with you but cry and you cry alone.”

“At first the solution was to build more prisons and cram more people into them, but that soon became prohibitively expensive. (Here Ed flicks through a few more slides.) Not only that, it resulted in platoons of prison graduates with professional-grade criminal skills they were more than willing to exercise once they were back in the outside world.”


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This entry was posted on December 19, 2016 by in book review, Reading, Uncategorized and tagged .


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