Thursday, September 13, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Elizabeth of Yellow Finch Designs

The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 

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from Elizabeth of Yellow Finch Designs

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Who would have thought picking one book to single out as a favorite would be so difficult. As I browsed the bookshelves of our home I found several authors (and books) that could easily be considered a favorite. Wally Lamb, Toni Morrison, Michael Dorris and Cormac McCarthy to name a few. But when it came down to the final decision all I had to do was glance at my nightstand. There rested a copy of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. A book that is worn and creased with crinkled pages and scribbled notes. By far, one of my favorite novels.  

The Handmaid's Tale is set in a futurist world that is filled with chaos where women are depicted as property of a society that is ruled by men. It is told through the point of view of a single female character who has been stripped of her identity and classified into a group of women whose purpose in society is to reproduce. The story unravels a tale between her and the Commander that she has been assigned to reproduce with in Gilead, the country where this story takes place. Atwood develops that main character by interspersing flashbacks to a period when she was married and trying to escape tyranny of the county. This novel touches on many subjects of great depth including modern feminism, social rankings, human sexuality and totalitarian rule. Subject matters that can be transported to our current society and debated to this day. If you haven't had the chance to read one of Margret Atwood's several novels, short stories or poems I highly recommend a trip to the library. They will take you on a futuristic adventure that you won't want to miss!

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  1. I keep meaning to read this book...

    Another great addition to this series!

  2. I havent ever read this book, but im intrigued may have to check it out!

  3. I adore this book. It's just so beautifully written, but set against such a horrific backdrop, it's kind of haunting.

  4. oh this is one of my top 5 favorite books of all friend miki works for the tattered cover bookstore here in Denver and a couple days ago she got to pick up MARGARET ATWOOD from the airport!! I hear she is as amazing as her writing. :)

  5. This is the first Margaret Atwood book I ever read, aged about 18, and I will always treasure it. I also love The Blind Assassin. Great book and a great post ;)

  6. Every time I read this book, it stays with me days after I finish it. Great suggestion!

  7. I've never read this book! How is that possible. I can't wait to pick up a copy. Lovely post Liz!


  8. That book, I have never read, but I own it and my husband read it a couple of years ago and loved it so much and told me all about it in great detail, and it sounds so sad but interesting!!! Perhaps in time I will read it as well.

  9. Oooooo... My Husnad recommended that book to me me and I eventually read it. It was so good! Talk about freaky mating rituals. Yikes!


  10. I chose this book from a list of other choices in my Senior English class. Everyone in the class read different books and then we had to meet in groups to discuss the book that we were reading. I was way to embarrassed to tell anyone in group about what I had read that week and just gave a basic description of the tame parts. hahaha! It was a very interesting read though!