I'm late the party on this one, but only by ten years! I've just finished Sarah Hall's The Carhullan Army which I think is brilliant. It made me realise how, although I've been reading some good novels lately - even very good novels, how much I needed to read something transformative. Inevitably, The Carhulllan Army demands - and receives - comparison with Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (which I now want to read again). Astoundingly, Atwood's novel was written in 1985! A couple of reviews of Hall's novel that I read were surprisingly circumspect even slightly carping. For me, reading The Carhullan Army was so engrossing, I can't yet manage analysis - and how fed up am I of analysis over emotional response anyway! I heartily recommended The Carhullan Army to anyone who, like me, missed out for a decade. It is muscular feminist parable set against the backdrop of an environmental destruction, political authoritarianism and crony geopolitics that seems fearfully closer and more relevant than ever in 2017. Treat yourself to a slice of future dystopia for which Cumbria provides the perfect backdrop.
Agitate, organise, resist - er - now!
I am he as you are he as you are me, and we are all together
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