Guardian Challenge Book #2
Since today is the first day of graduate school, it seems only fitting that I procrastinate by writing up a short review of the second book I read for the Guardian UK Challenge, The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood:
There's a reason this book is considered a dystopian classic. It's a chilling diary of a future society in which women are valued only for their reproductive capacity, and are no longer allowed to read or own property. The book is narrated by "Offred" (Of + Fred, the new name given to her when she is placed in the household of a Commander named "Fred"), a handmaiden attached to the household of an elite. Offred struggles with her memories of life before the new regime, with her fears for her husband and her daughter, and with her fears for herself, should she fail to conceive a child with the commander. A brilliant and amazing book - I am only surprised that I never read it before.
Next up: Behind the Scenes at the Museum
by Kate Atkinson.
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