Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

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Just released: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Feminism, Dystopia
Paperback pages: 336
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.


My two-bits:

So, I read this years ago and decided to re-read it after watching the tv version that came out last year. It was just as good as the first time around.

In comparison, each version holds up equally in portraying its dystopian world. There are certain details in each that enhance the story in each medium. Loved it.

Found this to be an eerie visionary piece of work.

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* part of Our Shared Shelf Book Club 2017 (here)

2 comments:

  1. I keep hearing about this everywhere. I must try it.

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  2. Glad it didn't lose anything over the years and in its second reading. I'm always afraid to go back for some in case it ruins the original impression.

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