THE HEART GOES LAST by Margaret Atwood

This book is downright bizarro-funny! It takes place in the future, but it is not the stately, lit-quality of THE HANDMAIDEN’S TALE, a classic in Freshman College Anthologies.  Think Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas, sexbots, and The Green Men Group, an ecologically-correct parody of The Blue Men Group. Put all these in a nursing home, a casino, and in the middle of a rescue-kindapping, and you have a furiously fast-paced, laugh-out-loud (even if you shouldn’t!) read.

Charmaine and Stan, her husband are living out of their car when they hear of the too-good-to-be-true offer from the gigantic Positron conglomerate/company to give people a better life.  What the offer involves is living in a wonderful, idyllic, retro-fifties home and lifestyle for six months of the year, then living in prison for the next six.  A couple is not to have any contact with the “other couple” who occupies their home the six months they are in prison…and there’s where the fun begins.

This is Margaret Atwood having fun, yet making points about conformity, corruption of money and/or power on individuals, and the evils of mega-corporations who strive to take over the world.

It was a quick read and made me want to go back and see if Atwood had any short stories in my (paper) back issues of The New Yorker, tucked into my book closet with magic marker notations on the cover, “Have read all but the Fiction section.”


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

6 thoughts on “THE HEART GOES LAST by Margaret Atwood”

  1. This looks like an interesting read Rae! You should consider creating an account on Goodreads – it’s a website dedicated to people’s love for reading books where you can rate and review books that you’ve read. It’s also fantastic to network and find interesting new voices.

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      1. I think joining Goodreads is an excellent suggestion.

        As for what to do next with GR, copy your reviews from your blog and paste them into GR. (I can show you how to do this, if you need more help.)

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  2. I’m a fan of Margaret Atwood, but I’m not sure what to think of The Heart Goes Last — it sounds crazy! Although, I really enjoyed reading your review. Goodreads can be addicting once you get the hang of it, and would definitely suggest copy/pasting your reviews. It is a great way to find out about new releases too.

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    1. As you can see two other bloggers recommended copying and pasting on Goodreads. Debbie from Readerbuzz lives in the same town I do, works across the street and is willing to come teach me how to do it. That is a good friend.
      The Heart Goes Last is definitely not The Handmaiden’s Tale literature-quality novel. But I enjoyed it. I’ll bet Atwood had fun writing it!

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