LIKE TO READ & DISCUSS BOOKS?
Then you need to join our book club that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month at the home of Bob Franklin and Lenna Webb, 17201 Hidden Glen Drive, Dallas 75248. We all bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer or dessert to share during our discussions which are lead by Nancy Brumley. If you would like to be added to the group roster to receive reminders and information on our book selections, sign up below or call Nancy at (972) 644-3058
Our selection for the November 12th, 2019 meeting is:
In the almost 35 years since Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale, its vision of a totalitarian theocracy underpinned by the rigid control of women and their reproductive systems has not receded; in many places – including the far-right consciousness – it may be said to have flourished. Could American women, for example, have imagined that laws would be introduced to criminalize them if they suffered miscarriages? Could Nigerians have foreseen that their schoolgirls would be abducted and forced into marriage and motherhood?
What can the novelist make of this? In the case of both Edna O’Brien, whose novel Girl depicts the lives of those girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, and Margaret Atwood, who has returned to Gilead to convey what happened after she had apparently finished Offred’s story, the answer seems to have been clear: confront the new realities head on, and don’t look back.
For The Testaments take us to a subtly altered Gilead and, in many ways, a more hopeful one. Its structures are weakening; the myths it has told its citizens are beginning to lose their hold. The Eye under which its women must conduct their constricted, stolen lives is beginning to flicker.