Having always been scared of reading books termed as “classics”, I was pretty surprised when two such books impressed me beyond my expectations.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I stumbled upon this book without even knowing how old it was or what genre it belonged to. It had me hooked from Page 1 due to the awesome imagination that the words invoked it me. I could visualize this world where women are not individuals anymore but just baby producing machines. These handmaids are not even allowed to read. The fact that other childless women were complicit in this scared the hell out of me. The story here also furthers the thought that under a theocratic regime, it’s always the women whose rights are taken away first. The way religious fanaticism is spreading across the world today, who knows what the future will bring.
“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.”
1984 by George Orwell
This is probably one book that was on my TBR list for the longest time. I wasn’t sure if I would like it and it felt quite gloomy. When I read an article that the sales of this book had risen unexpectedly after the election, I decided it was time. This time I chose to try an audiobook. This book is a whole scary world unto itself where individualism is punished and groupthink is praised. History is revised based on current circumstances and books are destroyed everyday. As I was going through the book, I realized the reason for its increased sales – it was sounding eerily familiar to the current political climate of fake news, dark money and ultra partisan yes men. Everyone needs to read this book and strive hard individually to make sure our society doesn’t end up like Oceania.
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
These two books will always be etched in my mind and they have lessons that need to be learned and will remain relevant till eternity.