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Tekijä: Margaret Atwood

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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 Assassin. Stan 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 around 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 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 more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled"--… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 149) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Characters that are caricatures, and a plot from a 50s B movie. At least it didn't take long to read ( )
  danielskatz | Dec 26, 2023 |
What a disappointment!! What was an interesting story, became a nonsense soap opera after about half of the book. Why Ms Atwood? Why did you give up on this book? ( )
  BerrinSerdar | Dec 5, 2023 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. Having read Handmaid's Tale recently, I saw many similarities as well as parallels with The Heart Goes Last and Handmaid's Tale. At one point there was even mention of a "Quaker town" which is seen in both books. I find those little nuances very appealing in this book. As mention by another reviewer, this book does have somewhat of a lighter tone compared to Handmaid's Tale. However, I do have to say that it is a little sadistic at times.

What I think I appreciate the most about this book, is the way in which it is broken up into sections making it flow smoother. I love how the title of the book also appears many times throughout the novel, which I must admit is clever.

My one issue with the book, and this might be on purpose on the author's part, but I feel like I had no closure from this book. I feel like the end left so many questions unanswered, or at least a hint of something more to come? It was a clever ending, but there was something missing in the end...I can't quite put my finger on it, but then again, I feel ending like that leave the door open for so many possibilities.

Overall, I did enjoy this book very much and I highly recommend it! ( )
  KrabbyPattyCakes | Dec 3, 2023 |
First, I did not love this book. The story was interesting, the not-too-futuristic world was credible and, at times, scary to comtemplate, and the writing was very good, as one might expect from Margaret Atwood. However, it must be among my least favorite Atwood books (Although I read so many of them so long ago it's hard to know for sure!). This is primarily because I did not like the two main characters at all. And having the story told entirely from their perspectives meant spending the entire book in their heads. Stan was irritating and Charmaine was just cloying and not very smart. However, I do think that was intentional. I just wish the book had been from Jocelyn or Veronica's pov!

Second, I am always reading one book and listening to another and, even though I try hard to pick dissimilar sorts of books to minimize any confusion, I find it funny how frequently I still end up with some sort of significant overlap. I just finished Hausfrau, and while the genre, plot, and writing were very different, they were similar in that I didn't care for the protagonist, Anna, in that book either. ( )
  Bebe_Ryalls | Oct 20, 2023 |
Three stars because the writing was delightful, as it always is. I have to scratch my head at all the five-star ratings of this book, however. I suspect many will give the novel 5 stars because it is an Atwood novel and not because it was great.

It wasn't. Great that is. At least for me. The first 2/3 of the book is a slow build up in which I became fairly interested in world-building but not interested at all in the characters. I never really knew what was at stake while reading this, even in the last 1/3 of the book, which felt a bit like a skydive only a skydive through the clouds at slow speed with none of the rush of a real skydive. It actually got a bit ridiculous for me, and felt like a lost opportunity to flush out an otherwise very original and fascinating concept. I wonder if Atwood just got bored with the whole thing and put a fine point on it to send it off to the publishers. I suppose you can do that, if you're Atwood.

In any case, it's a fairly easy read, so go ahead and give it a go if you're looking for something new. Just don't expect your head to spin right 'round. ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 149) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
But then a narrative that has been taut, dread-inducing and psychologically tense careers off the road, skids into the woods, hits its head, loses its memory and emerges as a strange quasi-sex romp concerned almost exclusively with erotic power, kinky impulses and the perversity of desire.
 
“The Heart Goes Last” wrestles with many of the same themes that have preoccupied Ms. Atwood for decades, such as sexism, the dangers of unbridled greed and the risky moral terrain that comes with technological progress.
 
Though Atwood is obviously delivering a serious lesson about societal greed and human exploitation, it’s frankly an amazing achievement how jovial The Heart Goes Last is from start to Shakespearean-style comedic finish. The novel is certainly a dystopian effort that belongs on the same hallowed list as Brave New World, 1984 and Atwood’s own masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, but it also manages to be a whole lot of quirky, poppy fun, without ever once undermining its core message.
 
The further one reads, the less clear the novel becomes on a philosophical level. The narrative is riveting (if occasionally so ridiculous as to remind the reader that perhaps we’re not meant to take it entirely seriously), and the characters deepen as time goes on, moving from broad types to sympathetic (if not entirely likable) individuals. But throughout, there is a sense of larger purpose, a deeper motivation at work. Part of this is a function of the conspiracy in which Charmaine and Stan find themselves “linchpin” figures, but the overarching narrative control – layers within layers, manipulations within manipulations – comes to feel like the work of the writer herself. By the time the novel concludes, one is left with an image of Atwood holding all the puppet strings, orchestrating every event. And grinning widely.
 
Margaret Atwood’s future holds little cheer.

Dystopian sex romp The Heart Goes Last comes off as jaded, contemptuous...Stan and Charmaine elicit little (Charmaine) to no (Stan) sympathy. Two self-serving, foolish, and facile jerks stand at the heart of Heart. The comedy ridicules them; it’s at their expense. And because their unappetizing characteristics encourage onlookers to grow indifferent to their antics and dilemmas, their fates — good, bad, or more of the same — matter not in the least.

Dystopian tales rely on readers caring or identifying with about the oppressed and victimized. If that’s taken away, so is the tale’s power to move, provoke, and command attention.

 

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... with wonderful craftsmanship he sculpted a gleaming white ivory statue.... It appeared to be a real living girl, poised on the brink of motion but modestly holding back – so artfully did his artistry conceal itself.... He kissed her, convinced himself that she kissed him back, spoke to her, embraced her....

– Ovid, "Pygmalion and Galatea"
Book X, Metamorphoses

"When it gets down to it, these things just don't feel right. They're made of a rubbery material that feels absolutely nothing like anything resembling a human body part. They try to make up for that by instructing you to soak them in warm water first and then using a shitload of lube...."

– Adam Frucci, "I Had Sex With Furniture,"
Gizmodo, 10/17/09

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.

– William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
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For Marian Engel (1933-1985)
Angela Carter (1940-1992), and
Judy Merril (1923-1997).

And for Graeme, as ever.
Ensimmäiset sanat
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Sleeping in the car is cramped.
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The Heart Goes Last: Positron, Episode Four is the 4th volume in an e-book only serial. It was reworked into the novel The Heart Goes Last, but they are not the same work.
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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 Assassin. Stan 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 around 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 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 more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled"--

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