Wednesday, August 6

The Handmaids Tale

Title: The Handmaids Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Pages: 304

Summary: Written in 1985, Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale imagines a near future quite different than the one George Orwell had predicted for the previous year, but her novel has joined 1984 as one of the classics of dystopian literature. Her vision is of a United States transformed into the Republic of Gilead, a fundamentalist state in which women, and their increasingly rare reproductive capacities, are strictly controlled. It's an imagined world memorable both for Atwood's vivid anger and her surprising tenderness.

My Rating: 10/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I loved this book. As creepy as it made me feel at times, it was wonderful. Atwood is very talanted at creating the dystopian society, although at times you see a lot of parallels with how some political leaders or members speak, or how their ideals are portrayed (along with that of the general public). This was something where you learn something, I took a lot from it, because although as a Canadian women, I am free to make decisions, I'm free to do (pretty much) anything I want, but there are countries and communities, even in places like Canada who oppose that freedom, it makes you realize the need for feminism and human rights, and Atwood points that out in her book. She has a great flow of writing, although it's hard to tell how well it works, because the story is done as a journal, I'm excited to read more of her work.

Would I recommend it to read: YES! YES! YES! This is something that even if you don't like her style, or believe in the story, it is a story that makes you think. It makes you realize to an extent that injustices to women and humans are happening around the world. And that human rights is an important issue. Even if it is just something you discuss with your friends, it is something that open's your mind, makes you think. If you will. It is also a well told story, about the life of the Handmaid, and her struggles she went through. (There is also a movie, and it's alright, but the book is far better, read the book first, then watch the movie)

What to read next: 1984, other works by Atwood, Works by Virginia Woolf

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