Dear Great Book Guru, Next week is the Great Turkey Hunt – Saturday, November 23 at 3pm and the Great Turkey Himself will be making an appearance at Geohegan Park- also known ominously as Headless Park. While waiting for the Hunt to begin, do you have a book I can read ?
Fan of the Great Turkey Himself
Dear Fan of the Great Turkey Himself, My friends and I recently discussed Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE. While many of us had read the book when it first came out in 1985, it was fascinating and horrifying to reread it in 2019. Set in the near future in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the novel describes the life of one woman Offred (Of Fred- women no longer allowed to have their own names) and the world she lives in. The President of the United States has been assassinated as have most Congressmen and Senators. A second Civil War rages and a theocratic government has come to power- the Republic of Gilead. Because of vast climatic and environmental disasters, the birthrate has plummeted. The few women who are still fertile are enslaved and forced to produce children. These “handmaids” are assigned to the male generals or commanders. Many aspects of a patriarchal society are explored. When the possibility of escape arises, Offred realizes she must act, but is there anyone- man or woman- she can trust? In the epilogue set one hundred years later, we come to see times have changed, but an underlying misogyny prevails. A classic that can and should be reread….highly recommended!