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Book Thoughts: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

Atwood, Margaret - The Handmaid's Tale

★★★★★★★

Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction/dystopian/classic   Pages: 324
First published: 1985
Edition: Paperback, published by Vintage Classics in 2010

Offred is a “Handmaid” in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.

I have been putting off reading this modern classic for so long. I always heard so many great things about it that I was scared it would only disappoint. I now berate myself for not having read this sooner, because I absolutely loved it.

Atwood’s writing is just wonderful. I love how she describes the sights and sounds through Offred observations of the world she sees. The characters are very human and it definitely made me think how I would react myself if my world changed so completely. Would we do anything different from the people in Gilead, described in this novel? It certainly makes you wonder.

In my humble opinion this novel is a masterpiece. It only shows you a small fraction of this world and tells nowhere near the complete story, but that is what makes it so compelling.

A new favourite.

7 out of 7 stars

2 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

    1. I have seen the show and it’s really good, especially the first season (which spans the book). Characters and events are not quite the same as in the book, but I like both versions 🙂

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