Friday, April 9, 2010

Margaret May - Join The Handmaid's Tale Read-Along!

I've had The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood on my TBR pile for a couple of months, so when I saw Pam at Bookalicio.us is organizing a May read-along, I decided to jump on board. I have not read this book before, but they are reading it at the community college where I work in a staff book club. I couldn't participate because their meeting dates don't work for me, but it made me really want to read it. Plus, I am beginning to realize that I really enjoy dystopian novels.

If you're interested, you should join us! There will be an hourly discussion each Thursday at 9pm EST in May in a chat room that will be linked to from @bookaliciouspam's Twitter account 15 minutes before.

Click here to visit the sign-up page.

Not sure what the book is about? Here's the book description:
A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules. Like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Handmaid's Tale has endured not only as a literary landmark but as a warning of a possible future that is still chillingly relevant.

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