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The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood, Margaret (Book - 1986 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Handmaid's Tale


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Authors: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Title: The handmaid's tale
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin,, c1986
Characteristics: 311 p
ISBN: 0395404258
0449212602
038549081X
9780307264602
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Report This Feb 25, 2014
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Handmaid's Tale won the 1985 Governor General's Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award.

It exposes aspects of our society that we need to learn to stop ignoring.

The concept was captivating, but I find Atwood's writing style to be a huge turn off. It is too disjointed, even though it does convey the process of thought, the short sentences and incessant description drove me half insane attempting to make the text flow. I found it too difficult to "see the forest through the trees" with all the extraneous short sentences. It was a shame because I normally enjoy dystopian literature, perhaps I expected something more sci-fi.

Report This May 02, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked it and did not liked, at the same time. I was fascinated and sometimes annoyed. I wonder what acts of author's personal life, pushed her to write this book? I'm not sure if this book is included in the required reading for high school students, but if it is, there are thoughts, views on life, ideology in this book that can be understood only from a maturity based on adult's life. Sometimes such books are not completely understandable even for some adults, not to mention teenagers.

Report This Apr 12, 2013
  • andreajomartin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't realize this was a dystopian novel until I started reading it! I really thought it was very well written. Disturbing, but well done.

Report This Jan 06, 2013
  • canarymom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this book some time ago. I find dystopian plots (This Perfect Day by Ira Levine) to be thought provoking as well as entertaining. In the dystopian world, there has to be the strong and the weak, the dominant and submissive.

The Handmaid's Tale is a first person account of the experiences of a young woman, Offred, who is placed into the society for the sole purpose of breeding. As the title itself suggests, it is written thoroughly in the perspective of Handmaid, who lets us see the petrifying Republic of Gilead through her encounters. Offred critiques this corrupted society and relates to the reader with justified views about to what extent to which the government controls its citizens subconsciously. The Republic of Gilead is experiencing a population downfall in the age of declining births; therefore only women with viable ovaries are valued. Meanwhile others are emplaced in a horrific hierarchical system that only treats them as objects and property of men. In such a dominating society, standard of living comes down to, sexuality, gender and race. This book is creatively written as well as thought provoking about the importance of feminist role in society. Vivid flashbacks to life before the dictatorship reveal problems that are easily identifiable with those faced today, with debates about abortion, women's rights, and religious fundamentalism. The author did a great job is writing this novel where she took feminism to such an extreme that it became an anti-feminist novel. This book predicts the upcoming of a society, not too far in future, where humans are treated with minimal respect and only freedom from the past is what keeps the hope alive. It seems hard to imagine a sudden transition in our modern society to such a backwards and flawed system, but as the author herself describes the genre of the novel as 'speculative fiction', it is a warning against the danger of those holding extreme power.

Report This Aug 22, 2012
  • raquelle8701 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

loved this book very much but i think it ends too abruptly

Report This Aug 22, 2012
  • Jordan63 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The news events these days reminded me of this book.

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Report This Jun 02, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse, for some.”

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  • Iridollae rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

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