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Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. This book The book was originally published when I was about 16, but I didn't read it. In some ways, I regret that because I think it would have been interesting to compare the two experiences, 30 years apart.
Kim at 16 would have taken it in very different ways than Kim at But, on the other hand, I don't think at that age I would have been able to fully appreciate the themes and implications of this novel.
The novel takes place in a dystopian near future roughly Society is based on a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis, a rather chilling androcentric, misogynistic social order. Birth rates have sharply reason, providing the justification for the new system. Aunts are in charge of retraining the lesser women, indoctrinating them in the new world order.
Only the Commanders' Wives have even a touch of freedom, but that, too, is limited.
The Handmaids even lose their names, becoming "Of-" and whatever the Commander's first name is. It is a disturbing look at sexual politics, particularly the ways in which sexuality is or isn't expressed based on gender. It is a book about power and how what is seemingly utopian for some, it is clearly dystopian for others. This is a book that is extremely thought-provoking, especially in this day and age. Despite the fact that it was published 31 years ago, there are so many themes in it that are just as relevant in today's world.
There were times when I forgot I was reading a book that supposedly took place more than a decade ago. The Handmaid's Tale is a part of me now, one of those books that I will read again and again. It is the kind of book that will give you a new experience each time it is read.
I wasn't able to put it down. A crazy ending, too. Even the location where offered was surprising. Wonder why margaret Atwood hasn't written a sequel to it. A very interesting story by a classic Canadian author. Even though Ms. Atwood wrote this book some time ago, it is a relevant and thought provoking story. It is well written and full of details that offer the reader a glimpse into the life of a handmaid after a major depopulation. This science fiction tale is told from the perspective of a woman being oppressed by gender inequality and the triumphs and tribulations associated with her station in a futuristic society.
This story is thought provoking and leaves one to ponder what the world would be like in the aftermath of a major depopulation. I don't see how they could have made this book into a TV show. There was no real back story to explain the setting for the book.
I really enjoyed Oryx and Crake , and was looking forward to this. I watched the movie with Natasha Richardson years ago, and liked it quite a bit. This award-winning novel, featuring reflective individuals oppressed by a totalitarian society, is a classic of Canadian literature. A classic of Canadian literature.
This award-winning novel featuring reflective individuals oppressed by totalitarian societies will appeal to readers who enjoyed A Clockwork Orange.
At the same time, amidst the terror and abject, lonely dehumanization of a woman's daily life as only a reproductive vessel, Atwood writes with stunning grace and narrative power, and offers even fleeting glimpses of persistent humanity.
Read it after watching season 1. Very thought provoking as it makes the reader think about how important individual freedoms and rights are and that we need to respect differences. I liked how the book took place soon after a transition into the new regime that was in place throughout the novel. I enjoyed the premise of the story, although the author's writing-style did not resonate with me well.
She bounces around a lot between past, present, and the main character's fantasies without any warningsometimes mid-paragraph. The author spends most of the book delving into the main character's thoughts and not very much time creating a picture of the new world order.
You only get a vague understanding of what is going on in the world and why and how it happened, and I would have liked to know more.
The historical notes at the end of the book do shed some light on the events of the time "Gileadean" time period from the perspective of future historians, so I recommend reading that section.
Not sure what all the hoopla is about. It's about 50 pages too long, but otherwise an easy read for the beach or long weekend. This was an interesting story, I'm not sure how I feel about it. It kind of bothers me that Offred kept going back and forth between the past and the present, often in the same sentence.
That keeps throwing me off as to the timeline and what is happening. It gets annoying after a while. The world Offred knew has changed. From what use to be a democratic society, where females have a say and choice, to a world where females are assigned 'roles' handmaidens, wives, cooks, etc.
We don't find out what really happened in Offred's world before the establishment of the current Gilead until more than half way through the book. And even then it was very brief, I would have liked more information about what else went on. It is interesting how the idea of handmaidens are similar to surrogates, except handmaidens have only 3 chances, a lot of restrictions and don't have a say in all this, plus this is all done for the purpose of strictly helping the declining birth rates in Gilead.
I didn't really feel for any of the characters because I couldn't connect with them, especially Offred. I feel there is a disconnect somewhere I had hoped I would have enjoyed this book more but I guess not. Well written, but I found the plot lacking. Not very believable unless you're a total fan of dystopian fantasy. This book will stir up all kinds of emotions and beliefs as you enter into a very different perspective of rights and privileges and choices as a woman.
I just started the TV show, which is amazing. Please read this excellent type of "window" story into the lives of the Handmaids. As long as we do this, butter our skin to keep it soft, we can believe that we will some day get out, that we will be touched again, in love or desire.
We have ceremonies of our own, private ones. There can be alliances even in such places, even under such circumstances.
This is something you can depend upon: I enjoyed reading this classic story, for the second time, it is popular for being an attention grabber and page turner.
It is not an easy read for everyone, but it worked out well for me.
Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by liza from I though i would love this book That was just not for me. I loved part of it, but it frustrated me how slow it was and i feel like i'm missing half of the book.
It's such a vivid book and critical book about society but at the end of the day i didn't enjoy reading it. Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Sammi from Intense This novel was for sure a page turner and had my attention grabbed the entire time Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Godz from loved it i can't say i liked the ending.
Bought it, loved it and talked about it with friends a ton! A great, thought-provoking novel plumreview Date published: Rated 2 out of 5 by Lindsay from Not What I Was Expecting I downloadd this book knowing it is a classic in literature and was highly spoken of.
When I read it, I was sorely disappointed with what I received. Was hoping for something closer to or another similar dystopian classic, but didn't get the same reaction.
This novel is an interesting depiction of how our current actions may sway our future. It is a wild journey from start to finish following the life of handmaid Offred and her mission to stay alive. At times it made me cry, and other times it made me laugh. In the end I am thoroughly happy I was able to read it.
Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by DIV96 from Must-read brilliant, timely, eye-opening, disturbing, thought-provoking. Essential read. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by Shae from Typical Dystopian story this novel is only your typical dystopian story, although I liked it it was most definitely not my favourite novel.
Terrible ending.. Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Eric from Classic Great dystopian novel, with an important overall message. Meanders at times, but really eye-opening Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by royer from Highly recommended.