“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. The floor was of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that were formerly played there; the hoops for the basketball nets were still in place, though the nets were gone. A balcony ran around the room, for the spectators, and I thought I could smell, faintly like armitage, the pungent scent of sweat, shot through with the sweet taint of chewing gum and perfume from the watching girls, felt-skirted as I knew from pitchers, later in mini-skirts, then pants, then in one earring, spiky green-streaked hair. Dances would have been held there; the music lingered, a palimpsest of unheard sound, style upon style, an undercurrent of drums, a forlorn wail, garlands made of tissue-paper flowers, cardboard devils, a revolving ball of mirrors, powdering the dancers with a snow of light.”

– The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

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I absolutely love The Handmaid’s Tale! Seriously, I decided after reread #3, it is my favorite book of all time. It’s such a cautionary tale, extreme, yes, but we do some very extreme things in our society as well.

BTW I am so glad you found me because now I have your blog to follow! I can already tell we have some bookish things in common.