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Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind AssassinStan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse Job loss has forced them to live in their car leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs They desperately need to turn their situation aroun 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 Sometimes it took me a couple of times to re read sentences to attach my own imagination and my own understanding to what was going on in a section of the book but I caught on Honestly I had loads of fun Harder to review Back to Stan and CharmaineThey seem too afraid to leave their car most of the time in the beginning the monsters would get them Rapist and thieves were wandering the streets Stan usually slept sitting behind the wheel as he wanted to be ready to drive off uickly if danger was near They needed a little money for a few essentials and Charmaine managed to land a job working at night in a bar Sandi and Veronica were the two sex workers that certainly made money then Charmaine did So when the girls offered to give Charmaine one of their jobs a clean bed and shower sounded good You can see she was tempted but insteadbetter news came soon when Charmaine saw a TV add about a living community for those who were hit hard by the economic crash People in the community did not need to pay for rent or food but they all had jobs to do Sounds like a Kibbutz ha This wasn t like any Kibbutz I ever lived on In the new community everyone had to spend a month in prison as an inmate paying forward any crime they may do in the future lucky knuckleheads THIS IS NUTTY LAND remember Hm Think spending time away for a month in the hole encouraged innocent people to consider committing a crime I couldn t help but think about life as a crime the hidden crimes all human beings live be it in their head or for real The towns people in the community also exchange lives each month when they went to prison alternating homes with whomever the others were living with in their sanctuarybedetc At which point extramarital affairs was just one of many chosen lifestyles that took place The sexual fetishes were wild and not only with humans I mean why not explore this topic Seems to me we are exploring bionic body parts mixed with human parts than we realize Atwood is just stretching our minds further in my opinion I ll repeat I thought it was FUN There is blackmailing and organ trafficking and some chicken scenes somewhat disgusting putting it mildly and soooooo much This book is a satire either you like it or you don t I don t think it HAS to be taken serious I liked the contemporary feel The normal and the very abnormal mix I liked the every day sharing of conversations the food they shared their wardrobes the Elvis is in Marilyn s the music the entertainment the relationships between the characters the make believe everythings the naughty robot and the wisdom from Grandma Win DON T HATE ME FOR ENJOYING THIS BOOK

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D and fast The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable clean house to live in for six months out of the year On alternating months residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system Once their month of service in the prison is completed they can return to their civilian homes At 15 starsThere s not much 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 of book she was writing dark broody dystopia or comedic farce and redeem herself from literary aimlessness Alas twas not to be What started with a compelling premise and biting social commentary turned out frightfully insipid and silly The juxtaposition was so jarring that at times it felt like Ms Atwood was suffering from schizophrenia and playing Telephone with herself It starts with an American society on the brink of meltdown probably not too far in the future with a married couple Charmaine and Stan reduced to living in their car following their layoffs who respond to an ad touting an edenic utopian experimental city called Consilience where crime is nearly non existent as is unemployment housing is utilitarian and safe and food is plentiful with the only downside every other month all residents must cede their houseapartment to alternates and report to prison called Positron Predictably Charmaine and Stan realize that they have gotten than they have bargained for in their pursuit for a normal life What bothered me here was Ms Atwood s tone She took her initial premise which while highly implausible and far fetched had just enough serious gravity to give the reader pause and wonder What if and transformed it into something farcical and banal The net effect is half baked Dystopia played for laffs Hint Possibilibots essentially full size semi sentient love dolls chicken bonking and Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators suck the life out of serious futuristic fiction Justno

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First this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison a series of troubling events unfolds putting Stan's life in danger With each passing day Positron looks less like a prayer answered and like a chilling prophecy fulfill 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 The beating is thus finished the rigor mortis sets in within momentsThis her latest may just be my least favorite of hers Horrorsnot current


10 thoughts on “The Heart Goes Last

  1. says:

    A new Margaret Atwood A new Margaret AtwoodA new Margaret AtwoodA new Margaret AtwoodA new Margaret Atwood

  2. says:

    Be careful what you wish for“What if we get rejected” “What if we get accepted”When ignorance is bliss ‘tis folly to be wiseCecily 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 but all excellent Cecily’s not initially sure uite what to expect with this one other than speculative fiction with a dystopian tw

  3. says:

    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 Sometimes it took me a couple of times to re read sentences to attach my own imagination and my own understanding to what was going on in a section of the bo

  4. says:

    ‘’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 A

  5. says:

    Margaret Atwood’s new novel depicts another dystopia but this one has a lighter tone than The Handmaid’s Tale or the MaddAddam TrilogyAfter all it features life size sex dolls and groups of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Pr

  6. says:

    15 starsThere's not much depressing from a reader's standpoint than watching one of your favorite authors tank

  7. says:

    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 others Your notions of free will and ugh what it means to be happy Happy at last Smile goddammitI had a lot of fun re

  8. says:

    25This is awkward to admit but I'm not really sure what to make of this book The Heart Goes Last takes place in

  9. says:

    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 ac

  10. says:

    Not rating this There is not much I can take of this Pages and pages of the sex lives of the four main characters Enough is enough already I'm done Started out promising and than slid down from there Maybe die hard Atwood