Currently Reading, an Extract: The Handmaid’s Tale

“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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RebeccaScaglione - Love at First Book
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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.