In book club this month we are reading The Handmaid’s Tale. Back when I was in college I took all these interesting Lit classes and in one (which I can’t remember the name of) we read The Handmaid’s Tale. At the time, I was infatuated with the book. It’s bizarre and frustrating and the discussions in class were heated and juicy. But because I had to read 6 more different novels in that same class, after we discussed it I completely forgot about it. A few years later it occurred to me that I should try and find out the name of that book because it was lost to me. I never did though and it wasn’t until I saw a commercial a few months ago for the TV series that I remembered. Then a friend of mine watched the series and said it was really good so we decided to read it for book club.
If you are looking for a quick, easy read this probably isn’t for you. The story has depth and at times can be confusing with the jumping of the timetable. If you’ve read 1984, it has a similar feel. As the reader, you are completely caught up in the lives of the characters. I know that reading it after becoming a mother has made me absorb it differently than I did before. Another bonus is there is the TV series but I’d recommend reading the book first. The show is less vague and adds storyline where the book is lacking which I think they had to do. The show is different in major ways so if you watch the series first and then try to read the book it doesn’t capture you the way it does if you do book-show. Either way it’s definitely worth a read.