Friday, December 16, 2011

The Handmaid's Tale

   
Book menu for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

ISBN of edition I read: 038549081X (trade paperback)

Food mentioned in The Handmaid's Tale :
Chewing gum, 3
Bread, 9, 11
Peas (shelling peas), 10
Coffee, 10, 70, 105, 172, 246
Oranges, 25, 47, 116, 153
Ice Cream cone, 43
Baked potato, green beans, salad, 65
Canned pears with cinnamon, 65, 89, 282
Hard boiled eggs, 84
Hamburger balls and hash browns, 91
Apple juice, 110
Brown bread and lettuce sandwiches, 114
Cakes, 116
Ham, cheese, breads, 116
Fruit juice, 123
Beef Stew, 135
Orange Juice, 151
Strawberries, 164, 203
Doughnuts, 164
Ice cream with Jimmies, 165
Granola, 175
Peanut butter sandwiches, 178
Radishes, 207
Gin and tonic, 238
Celery sticks, 282
Cheese sandwich on brown bread, 282

Books/Authors mentioned in The Handmaid's Tale:
Alfred Tennyson, 153
Raymond Chandler, 184
Hard Times / Charles Dickens, 184
Geoffrey Chaucer, 301

Music mentioned in The Handmaid's Tale:
Beethoven, 44
Elvis, 302
Folk Songs of Lithuania, 302
Mantovani Orchestra, 302
Twisted Sister, 302
"Amazing Grace", 54
"Les Sylphides" / Frederic Chopin, 70
"Oh What a Beautiful Morning", 85

Magazines mentioned in The Handmaid's Tale:
Time , 45
Newsweek , 45
Vogue, 157
Mademoiselle, 184
Esquire , 184
Ms, 184
Reader's Digest 184

Games mentioned in The Handmaid's Tale:
Scrabble , 138, 144, 155, 163, 181, 209, 254

Discussable quotes in The Handmaid's Tale:
pages 24-5 "There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.....We were a society dying, said Aunt Lydia, of too much choice"

page 111: "In reduced circumstances the desire to live attaches itself to strange objects."

page 134-5 "But remember that forgiveness too is a power. to beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest."

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