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Category Archive: Dystopian

A Realistic Depiction of An Apocalypse: Station Eleven

I read Station Eleven (2014) by Emily St. John Mandel at the suggestion of my blogging friend Naomi of Consumed by Ink. I listened to it as I drove to and from school… Continue reading

Polygamy and The Handmaid’s Tale

I first remember hearing about Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) from my friend Valerie.  She mentioned it during a book club that we both belonged to, and I was intrigued by it. … Continue reading

The Mess of Brave New World

One of my students this summer suggested that I read Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley.  I obliged him.  And then I realized that it is book #58 on the BBC book… Continue reading

Human Connection in George Orwell’s 1984

I read George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), number 8 on the BBC book list, last summer for the first time.  This surprised a student of mine, one of the only students I have encountered… Continue reading

Self-Interest and Cloud Atlas, The Strangest Book I’ve Ever Read

Cloud Atlas, number 82 on the BBC book list, is one of the strangest books I have ever read.  My sister loaned it to me after she read it for a college class. … Continue reading