Apologies that my choice of books for October, November and December of my virtual book club all turned out to be a bit rubbish. But finally! January has come up trumps. I wasn’t bored once while listening to The Handmaid’s Tale. Thank goodness for that. I was beginning to think that I had stopped enjoying books.
I’m also sorry that I wasn’t able to write reviews for the November and December books. The combination of hospital and writing the October book review completely destroyed my arms, wrists and hands. They’re still very bad now. Writing this will probably take them out for another few months. It’s very frustrating, especially when I have so much to say. I love communicating my thoughts and reading others’ thoughts; not being able to do so never gets any easier. You don’t get used to it.
It turns out that I was overly optimistic in thinking that I would be able to write a book review each month. I’m just too ill. But I think it’s better to be optimistic and fail than to never try at all. I’ll attempt to put something up on here each month for the book club, even if it’s just giving the book a mark out of 10 and not a review, so that you can leave your thoughts and reviews in the comments if you’ve been listening/reading along to the book.
I have so many thoughts about The Handmaid’s Tale and it brings up some really interesting and important topics. I’m just sad that I’m unable to share them. I’ve given the book a mark out of 10 though (see below). I’d love to see your reviews/thoughts on the book in the comments.
Audiobook: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Length of audiobook: 10 hours 26 minutes
Narrator: Joanna David (English accent)
Audiobook description on Audible:
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one option: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
Mark out of 10: 8
(It would have been a higher mark if not for the ending. I know that the author is making a point but I prefer more resolved, happier endings with all the loose ends neatly tied up.)
Narrator: Brilliant. Perfect speed and expression. Accent is a bit posh but not off-puttingly so.
A reminder of February’s book club book: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb