Here we are, starting a new week, with new titles to read, new activities, new challenges and happy moments. During the last 7 days I have read quite a lot and I am quite happy on how the month is progressing. You will see some interesting articles, which I plan on posting every month, in relation with the books I’ve read the month before and as well many other reviews and recommendations.
This Monday I come with an interesting quote, from a book that was too intense, or dramatic, to my taste: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood:
Like other things now, thought must be rationed. There’s a lot that doesn’t bear thinking about. Thinking can hurt your chances, and I intend to last.
That’s a very disturbing thing to say. In the universe of this book, women are instruments, but are not cherished as one would believe. They exist to bear children, not to give or receive love. A mechanism. Our main character seems afraid, but she is strong enough to keep pushing through this new world, this new social classes. So she does her best to leave aside any dark thoughts. It must be difficult sometimes. Would it be good to be able to have only positive thoughts? Would we be able to appreciate positive thoughts and optimism if the possibility of something unfavorable did not exist?
Anyway, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is not an easy book to read. I probably would not have read it, if it were not for our local book club. We will have our first meeting this week and this is our first choice. It’s an interesting start and I am anxious to see what the others thought about Margaret Atwood’s book. I’ll keep you updated. Until next time, Happy Reading!