Each month we pick four books relating to our monthly theme that we think you should read. Here’s this month’s suggested reading, all linking – in one way or another – to this month’s theme of TRADITION.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
dystopia; change; gender roles
In Margaret Atwood’s famous feminist dystopia, the world the reader is introduced to has echoes of the traditions in our own society – but here they are pushed to the utmost extremes. Gender roles are set in stone, as is the separation and marginalisation of class and sexual promiscuity. Atwood creates new traditions that are harrowing and terrifying, always staying on the verge of something too close to home.
A novel, but not as you know it: written entirely in verse, Evaristo certainly breaks with tradition in her novel set in Roman London. Zuleika is the feisty daughter of Sudanese immigrants, married to (and neglected by) an old, fat Roman. This is a tale of her coming of age and discovery of herself as a woman – as well as of forbidden love in Roman society.