(Co-ordinator Carole Jones on 01392 811123)
Margaret Atwood’s famous novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, appeared in 1985 and had quite an impact then. It tells the story of a futuristic society, ruled by a privileged, misogynistic and extreme religious elite, in which women have been designated as handmaids, domestic servants or “unwomen”. The handmaids are selected for their youth and fertility in the hope that they can give birth to a healthy child (a rare event) while the unwomen, older and therefore not useful, are sent to toxic environments to clean up until they themselves perish from radiation poisoning. Our ever-increasing awareness of the pollution of the earth’s resources made reading it in 2018 an even more unsettling experience than reading it in the 1980s.
Our next meeting is on 9th April when we will be discussing - “The Island” by Victoria Hislop.
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