April’s Book club pick!

handmaid's tale

In my March 22nd post, I invited you to join my book club and reviewed last month’s book (if you haven’t read it already, check it out via the blog calendar).  Each month, I will select a book for us to read together and review it when we are done.  Just subscribe to my blog to keep updated, and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on each month’s pick in the comments section below!  Already read it?  Let me know what you thought.

Given the upcoming TV adaptation, and the relevance today, I have picked the novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood.  So, for those of you who have never heard of it, what is it about?:

The Republic of Gilead allows Offred only one function: to breed.  If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.  But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire- neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs…”

Given the unpredictability of today’s political climate, the rise in terrorism, and the constant threat of everything from war to global warming, novel’s like these, set in dystopian futures, are more relevant than ever.  George Orwell’s classic ‘1984’ has had a sudden boost in sales, for example, and the movie adaptations of ‘The Hunger Games’ series made millions at the box office.  Now it’s this book’s turn to be adapted for the screen, and I for one am excited to view it.  But, if you’re a purist like me, you will insist on having read the book before watching a single episode.  So pick up a copy and join me in Gilead!

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