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The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood The Handmaid s Tale 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 n

  • Title: The Handmaid's Tale
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN: 9780385490818
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood 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 HaOffred 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 years 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
    The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    1. Kate on said:

      It s been almost five years since I wrote my review I ve rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea remains the same.Extremist Judeo Christian beliefs have won America s culture war Now women have no rights They are slaves to men and the biblical, patriarchal society in which they live The Handmaid s Tale is the first person account of one of these enslaved women.Massachusetts Turns Into Saudi Arabia More than thirty years have passed since The Handmaid s Tale was first published in 1 [...]

    2. Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* on said:

      7 7 17 I m just going to leave this here fuck Paul Ryan but not literally, ew Sleeveless women My stars and garters 03 31 17 So, this Russia thing Am I right 2 5 17just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of.Original review written in 2o12 WARNING This review is being written after I worked a 13 hour day, with another one on the horizon tomorrow, and a glass of wine and while watching the Rachel Maddow show Current events have put this book on the fore [...]

    3. Pollopicu on said:

      I guess Atwood doesn t believe in quotation marks I don t think I ve ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character It took me quite a while to get used to that type of style of writing I had to go back and re read sentences again and again, which doesn t really lend itself to a relaxing reading experience, and it slowed me down quite a bitFirst 100 pages Really annoyingwhy well because I felt like a juicy bone was being waved in front of my [...]

    4. Emily May on said:

      There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way In a way that I always try to put into words and always, ultimately, fail I have read a lot of books over the years and I ve liked many, disliked plenty too, loved and hated a smaller amount but out of the thousands I ve read, there s less than ten maybe even less than five, now I think about it that honestly hit me so hard that I would go so far as to say they changed me.The Handmaid s Tale is a book that cha [...]

    5. Jennifer on said:

      edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared Morning in America, and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values The Christian right, in its infancy at the time, was rising in reaction to the Free Love, and the horrors of AIDs The 1984 election gave us Willie Horton, and a reminder about how violent and evil society had become Finally, even though Chernobyl happened shortly after [...]

    6. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment Sure, they ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality Certainly, worth a watch Book ReviewI ve been moved by books in the past, many times, but I ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so [...]

    7. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning The dystopian future she describes in Gilead which appears to be centered in Boston due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem is chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories Martha for housework and cooking, Jezebels easy to guess, right , Eyes, Angels soldiers for the state , infertile Wives and potentially fertile Handmaids It is beautifully written with lots of flashbacks of Off [...]

    8. Michelle on said:

      Everyone seems to like getting scared from time to time We sometimes like to read, or watch movies and shows about natural disasters, psychopaths, monsters, zombies, and vampires However, we like our scary stuff to be fictional and temporary Watching Battle Royale Awesome Watching the news about a real murderous dictator on CNN Not awesome but just as scary The Handmaid s Tale is guaranteed to terrify you both in a fun, entertaining way and in a viscerally upsetting, too close to home way.In thi [...]

    9. Samadrita on said:

      Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe either.Instead, consider The Handmaid s Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone chilling, cruel, unaltered tru [...]

    10. Tatiana on said:

      What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel It doesn t feel dated or far fetched at all, thanks to President Trump.Claire Danes is a pretty good match for this narrative.Original reviewImagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under the guise of protection from Islamic terrorism Imagine the future where the roles of the women reduced to those assigned to them in Old Testament they are no longer allowed to read, work, own property, or handle money Imagine [...]

    11. Adina on said:

      I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come Fruitlessly Outside, the rain is whipping the windows without mercy My husband is sleeping next to me, oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid s Tale and its effect on me I knew I should have resumed myself to the self imposed daily quota of 10% But no I had to read the last 30 % in one go and now I can t sleep because of it It s like a shot of caffeine [...]

    12. Fabian on said:

      A true dystopian classic This is incredibly well written, I think that is why it s fan base is so enormous faithful It made Entertainment Weekly s Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, The Diary of Anne Frank This new vision of the future is one devoid the female mystique, with only one sex becoming triumphant dominating the other This is misogyny to the nth degree It is a holocaust that mirrors the treatment of women [...]

    13. Candace on said:

      After reading The Handmaid s Tale , I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book It is thought provoking and terrifying.The story centers on the heroine, Offred, who is a handmaiden in this futuristic world created by Ms Atwood As a handmaiden, Offred s sole purpose is to produce a baby for the Commander and his wife, Serena Joy Once she has served her purpose, she [...]

    14. Victoria on said:

      Not a very well written book The writing itself is clumsy It doesn t feel like you re reading a story it feels like you re reading a piece of writing Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood s words aren t just calculated they re contrived In a good piece of writing, you shouldn t see the writer at all You shouldn t see the structure of their writing All you should see is the story If you re seeing the deliberate cadence of a phrase, or the use of repetition inst [...]

    15. Matthias on said:

      Don t let the bastards grind you down.There s a lot of talk about women s rights these days There were times where I thought enough already You girls got it good I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices If they wished to go for a career, they could go for it If they didn t, no biggie Their liberty seemed greater than men s in a lot of respects The power they wield over men is magnificent and often described as the greatest humanity is capable of a woman s love Th [...]

    16. Lyn on said:

      The Handmaid s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitarian theocracy This dystopian horror story is made all the real by the bridge Atwood has created between the world we know now and the world that could be the story s protagonist remembers the time before the change This i [...]

    17. Navessa on said:

      I would love to write a lengthy review for this book But I can t Because I m so emotionally drained after reading it that it s a miracle I m not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing This is by no means an easy read, but I think it s a book that everyone needs to read This review can also be found at The Alliterates.

    18. Lisa on said:

      Terrifying But SO good Update in Year One Of Dystopia As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women as hosts , deprived of their rights as individuals, we must start speaking up against the steady realisation of dystopian fiction Let these authors, such as Orwell, Atwood, or Ishiguro, stay great writers of fiction Don t make them involuntary prophets If we don t oppose the hypoc [...]

    19. Nathan on said:

      The Handmaid s Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia At first, it s difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid s world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger It s challenging but exciting to try to make sense of all the frightening details that she describes, and that s one of the things that made this such a compelling read for me I was desperate to figure out what was happening as well as how and why things had gone [...]

    20. Megan Johnson on said:

      I don t even know where to start with this book I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all It was a task to completely finish this book at all.I know I am in the minority, but I don t know what all the hype was with this book I think that Atwood was long winded in her writing style and did not help with the connections with the Characters I honestly don t have much to say about this book.

    21. Matthew on said:

      An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984 Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America.It is hard to say that a story like this is great as that has a positive connotation I was very enthralling, but terrifying at the same time As a man, I don t think this story has as deep of an impact on me as it would if I was a woman If you like dystopian, you must chec [...]

    22. Simona Bartolotta on said:

      EDIT 02 06 2016 Lowering the rating to two I finished it than a week ago and now I realized I haven t thought of it once It really left me nothing Better never means better for everyone, he says It always means worse, for some I used to think of my reading taste as predictable Well, at least a very specific part of my reading taste namely, there are very few things in the world that I love than I love dyostopias in the style of 1984 and, above any other, Brave New World seriously, you need to [...]

    23. María on said:

      Tan duro que no pod a leer m s de diez p ginas diarias Era incapaz P.D Si no hubiese machitos escoc os con este libro, entonces significar a que Margaret no lo hizo bien.

    24. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum on said:

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    25. Elizabeth Sagan on said:

      If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid s Tale is the mother They are both in the same category and yet they are different The Handmaid s Tale is feminine It revolves around Offred s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves around the ideology like a battle between Winston s ideas and O Brien s ideas I ve read it with the shittiest combination of rage, sadness, fear and paranoia, which stuck with me throughout the entire book I don t easily get this emotional But let me tell you I honestly felt like ev [...]

    26. Dan Schwent on said:

      In the near future, the rights of women have been stripped away and the fertile ones become Handmaids and are assigned to upper class men Offred remembers the time before and knows there must be a way out of the hell men have createdOnce upon a time, I dated a woman whose favorite writer was Margaret Atwood and she passed along this book for me to read Frankly, I was pretty impressed with the dystopian tale but found it a little far fetched at the time Now, in the later part of 2017, it feels a [...]

    27. Joe Valdez on said:

      My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election continues with The Handmaid s Tale by Margaret Atwood Rereading this 1985 novel was a metric for me My first attempt, shortly after joining , led to me abandoning the book, which ebbs and flows on mood and language and prompts the reader to fill in d [...]

    28. Paquita Maria Sanchez on said:


    29. Luffy on said:

      Offred is a frightening character The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn t do justice to this book s plot Among all the dystopian fictions I ve reade.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even , The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, none is as scary as Offred s world.The story elements lean towards women, because the main character is a woman But it s so much than that It affects pro choice people It affects the romantics who draw inspiration from th [...]

    30. Jeff on said:

      Zombies currently dominate the dystopian landscape, but back when Margaret Atwood published this 1985 Orwell s 1984 was still in the rear view mirror, yet ever on the horizon, and Communism was still around, so Atwood had an evil totalitarian empire to model her fictional one after Today, as our civil liberties are getting slowly whittled away, is Atwood s maybe a future of zombies wouldn t be so bad tale prescient Maybe.Ask someone real smart.A spoilerish overview The proliferation of nuclear a [...]

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