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 (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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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