Remember when I devoured a ton of books last month? Apparently, I was making up for August, which wound up being a pretty busy month for me due to a variety of reasons, so while I’m still reading that Alexander Hamilton biography I started months ago and vowed to finish this month, and do happen to be in the middle of another novel, I’ve only completed one book all month. And all it entailed was a reread of The Handmaid’s Tale, which I last read about 12 years ago as a college student.
So I guess that’s what you’re getting today — a few thoughts on that book. Take a look — and I’ll probably be back to rounding up multiple books again in the coming month:
The Handmaid’s Tale (by Margaret Atwood) – Boy, this is a book that holds up. I’ll admit that the details of it had become really fuzzy to me over time, and I also suspect that while I thought the events of the book were alarming back when I first read it, they didn’t strike me as much as they did upon this reread. I don’t know if I want to go as far as to say that this is where society is headed (because let’s face it, there’s a ton of speculation and comparison out there), but it is strikingly relevant even decades after it was published. If for some reason, you’ve never gotten around to reading this book, you should. At the very least, it will make you think.