Tuesday, November 02, 2010

2010 book 259

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
I've seen this book referenced in a few election-related articles, which made me realize I hadn't read it in years and only vaguely remembered it the central conceit of women being forced to serve as "handmaids" a la the Torah and bear children. I'd forgotten all the rest though--that women had no rights of any kind, older women were basically useless to society, all the other weird religious rules, Jews being dumped in the ocean, etc. This was maybe not a great choice of a read on this depressing election night.

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