It’s the 1st of the month, and you know what that means! It’s time to review last month’s book club book, and announce this months. If you are new to my blog, the premise for these posts are simple…I want you to join my book club, and read along with me. Are you in?
April’s book was ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. So, first of all, what was it about? Time to read the blurb:
The Republic of Gilead allows Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged on the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire- neither Offered’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
This book offers a terrifying glimpse at a not so unlikely future, of oppressive regimes and corporal punishment. I found it horrifying, mostly because I can in fact, see it happening, perhaps not exactly like this, but another form of it. It describes the drip drip drip effect of a government, slowly closing in, and eroding your rights, until you are surprised to find yourself no longer considered a full person, and sadly I can see such erosions all around.
Atwood’s chaotic form of writing, perfectly captures the confusion and confliction of the main character Offred. It is told from her perspective, and you truly grow to connect and feel for her. As a new Mother, I found in particularly difficult to read about her child being taken. I could genuinely feel her heart break, and admire her determination to continue on, to survive. Despite the situation being hopeless, Offred never seems to completely surrender hope. Despite her desire, whether drug induced or indoctrinated, to conform, you still sense her determination to be true to herself. In short, she is a beautifully formed character, with an emotive and interesting story to tell.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I will say that the way in which the story ends is as brutal and mysterious as the regime in which it is set, and it’s perfect.
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. It has instantly become one of my all time favourites, and I plan on buying a lot more work by Atwood, and I will be binge watching the TV series this week. Buy it, read it, and let me know your thoughts!
For May, the book club will be reading ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden. With a tagline like, “Beware the evil in the woods…” How could I resist?
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift- a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of it’s meaning, the father hides the gift away and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, wilful girl, to the chagrin of her family.
But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.
Sounds amazing right? Join my club and read along with me. If you have already read it, let me know your thoughts! Happy reading!