In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?
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 only valued 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 tour de force.
I read this book late in my pregnancy and thus the subject matter really affected me. Brilliantly written, well developed characters. The open ending was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend. I read it in about a day I could not put it down.
This is a great read. A lot of people don't like Margaret Atwood and I don't get why. Her books are easy to read and extremely imaginative. This one is no exception. Though it sounds almost like it could be real, it's 100% fictitious. The end part the other reviewer is referring to is actually set in 3000, so not true at all, but it is quite believable.
The novel is about what it would be like if we were stripped of our humanity for the good of society, especially women. A haunting tale that will get you thinking!
I read this book when I was 16, and have been a huge fan of Margaret Atwood ever since. A lot of people I know don't really like her writing style, but I love it. I find it's very simplistic and yet complex, and The Handmaid's Tale is no exception. I think what shocked me most about this book was when I came to the end of it and found out that what she had written about was actually based on real events.
This is a definite must read!
I discovered this book in first-year English Lit at university. I have been a Margaret Atwood fan ever since. Reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, this story follows a woman's life as a concubine to the childless elite living in the near future. An interesting critique of gender roles and the will to survive, but more importantly an absolutely fascinating story. Atwood's writing is mesmerizing.
I have purchased this book several times as gifts and everyone I've recommended this to has loved it. A smart, engaging read!
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