So, starting The Year of the Flood, I was automatically relieved that this book seems to be a lot more straightforward than The Female Man. It really keeps my interest since it jumps from character to character, much the way Joanna Russ did in her novel. Atwood keeps alluding to this “waterless flood” but doesn’t give many details. How is this flood waterless?? Surely it has to be some kind of symbolism. Clearly it did a lot of damage and destroyed society and killed a ton of people. I’m just aching to find out more about it in detail and how Ren and Toby survived. The gory imagery gets me every time- fingers laying around, a scrappy dog tail dropped by a vulture, an arm subtly hanging out of the window. I can’t wait to hear more details. I also keep thinking that the Gardeners are some kind of allusion or symbol. There’s definitely a religious undertone, and it reminds me a lot of Jonah’s Arc, since they were able to predict the flood and it talks about preserving the animals and repopulating the earth, and the flood was also sent because of the corruption and evil on the planet, much like in the Bible. Another thing I am still unclear about is if they are on Earth and also what time period this is. I know that year 25 is the year of the flood, but on what scale does this refer to? So many questions!!
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