I went to visit my family and spend many hours on trains going there - plenty of reading time. Then the weather was nice and I could just read in the garden, sitting on the "Hollywood Schaukel", enjoying the view towards the forest. I was also reading while enjoying summer sun at the local swimming pool. Perfect short summer vacation. And what did I read?
"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, first published in 1985. I picked it because I so want to watch the TV show which just came out and because it is already a feminist classic. All there is probably to say about it, has been said. It is a really good book. Read it!
It is a page-turning tour through every conceivable female nightmare.
Loss of independence. Enslavement at the hands of men. Rape. Violence. Losing a child. Being thought of as less-than for being childless. And in addition to all those things: No reading. No writing. No speaking unless spoken to. All of it is state-sanctioned.
Your body is no longer your own. YOU are no longer your own.
I say it again: Read it!
I am a bit in a hurry, therefore today I share the summary of my June read from Goodreads. I spent June with Fiona Melroses "Midwinter". And as it says on the book cover: " A hauntingly beautiful novel". I recommend it for autumn or winter, though ;)
"Father and Son, Landyn and Vale Midwinter, are men of the land. Suffolk farmers. Times are hard and they struggle to sustain their property, their livelihood and their heritage in the face of competition from big business.
But an even bigger, more brutal fight is brewing: a fight between each other, about the horrible death of Cecelia, beloved wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier. A past they have both refused to confront until now.
Over the course of a particularly mauling Suffolk winter, Landyn and Vale grapple with their memories and their pain, raking over what remains of their fragile family unit, constantly at odds and under threat of falling apart forever. While Vale makes increasingly desperate decisions, Landyn retreats, finding solace in the land, his animals - and a fox who haunts the farm and seems to bring with her both comfort and protection.
Alive to language and nature, Midwinter is a novel about guilt, blame and lost opportunities. Ultimately it is a story about love and the lengths we will go to find our way home."