Life Before Man: "Can Anything Be Saved?"
American Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction
Margaret Atwood describes Life Before Man1 in somewhat dispiriting terms as a "mainline social novel" and as such of "limited appeal" to her: "It takes place in the actual middle of a middling city, in the middle class, in the middle of their lives, and everything about it is right in the middle, and it's very claustrophobic" (Schreiber, p. 209).
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Greene, Gayle. “Margaret Atwood’s Life Before Man: ‘Can Anything be Saved?” Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms, ed. Kathryn Van Spanckeren and Jan Garden Castro, Southern Illinois University Press, 1988, 65-84