Monday 16 July 2018

'It could be worse...' This Irish bookshop has a novel way of dealing with the Trump era

An Irish bookshop has a novel way of dealing with the Trump era
An Irish bookshop has a novel way of dealing with the Trump era

Sasha Brady

Finding solace in a world of fiction... or is that reality?

We've had a bizarre and troubling start to 2017.

Chapters Bookstore on Dublin's Parnell Street is trying to alleviate our collective feelings of fear and confusion and soothe that sense of impending doom most of us are feeling through books.

But they've taken a pretty optimistic approach to the current mood by showing us that things could actually be worse.

They've gathered some of their favourite dystopian fiction books from the shop and displayed them under the sign: "it could be worse..."

Because, as these books show, it could but let's just hope that it doesn't.

They shared the collection on Facebook along with the caption: "Sometimes it might feel like we're living in a bleak, alternate reality from the burned-out brain of a paranoid science fiction writer, but there's always a world worse off than us."

And ended it with a little nudge to remind people to check out their favourite dystopian fiction book titles in store.

Some of them include, George Orwell's 1984, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale.

What books would you add to the pile? Are any of your favourite titles already included?

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