So excited! I am giving out “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood tonight, which is one of my favorite novels of all time ever. I typed a little message to put inside each book, so that the person will have a somewhat deeper experience. Here is what I wrote:
The book you are holding in your hands, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, is a modern classic (and one of my favorites) for a reason. It hijacks all of your preconceived notions about womanhood, society, and what is possible in the modern world. Equal parts dystopian tale (that means it takes place in a futuristic place that is frightening or undesirable; the opposite of a utopia), cautionary tale, and love story, this book has all of the elements that make literature important, memorable, and beautiful.
You might be thinking that this doesn’t sound like a book you would be interested in. You might be thinking that this project (which, by the way, is entitled World Book Night, and you can find more information about that if you take a look at the inside cover of this book) is weird or irrelevant to your life. You would be wrong, in both cases, if I may be so bold. This novel, and reading in general, reminds us of the power of the written word to show us things that we may be missing in our lives. It is a stark reminder that the world is not what we want it to be, and things happen in it that make us angry. And anger is okay - if we use it wisely. I hope this books angers you, as it angered me. There are factions in this world that seek to oppress certain groups of people, and we must fight that, or one day, we will be living in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Choose to fight. Choose to read. Learn about your world. Listen to people. Listen to differing viewpoints. Make your time on this Earth matter.
Let me know your thoughts about this book, about World Book Night in general, or just about reading overall at my email address: x