The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Book - 1986
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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1986
ISBN: 9780395404256
Characteristics: 311 p


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Jul 12, 2017

This book is worth the read, it talks about issues that are still going on today such as: gender, power, and religion. Although I have not seen the series, I bet it is as good as the book, because the book was good.

Jul 05, 2017

I have had this book on my To Read list for many years and must confess that seeing it on the upcoming Hulu series list spurred me on to read it sooner than later.

After reading this iconic novel, I am not at all inclined to see it as a series. Don't get me wrong, I found the book well worth reading. I just don't see that a TV adaptation will add any value to it. The book stands alone.

In Gilead we find a strange society with conflicting values. On the one hand they greatly value babies, but at the same time treat the mothers of those children in a shameful way beginning with the decision to break apart all second marriages and press those women into service as handmaids.

The religion depicted in Gilead is nothing like the church I have known all my life. There is little love shown as Paul prescribed in I Corinthians 13 ("And now I will show you still a more excellent way." I Cor. 12:31b)and I see nothing of the principles that were ingrained in me since childhood to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God." (Micah 6:8)

Jun 29, 2017

It was worth the read, but sometimes this book felt like work. Atwood has a beautiful way of describing things, but at times it was like... okay, get on with the story. The book seemed a bit long winded for how much story you get out of it. Still, it's an interesting concept and because of all the description, the reader gets a real sense of the social etiquette and "rules" of this time.

Jun 28, 2017

The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood is a truly amazing experience. I say experience rather than book because you will be fully emerged into this wonderful story and relate to this on a personal level. This story is powerful and terrifying as it throws you into a dystopian future where women are related to nothing more then categories. For a book from the 1980's it truly withstood the test of time as it relates to the problems of society and the oppression of women. I wouldn't be able to compare this story to any other books as it is so advanced that it isn't comparable. I would definitely recommend this book.
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Tarheelseminole43 Jun 28, 2017

This title is checked out very frequently by our customers at the Duluth Branch.

Jun 27, 2017

I read this book in two days because the premise was intriguing, and Atwood has a way of giving just enough information to keep the reader searching for more. However, no matter how much I wanted to, I didn't love it. I am not an Atwood fanatic, mostly because her style of writing makes me feel like I'm listening to a person's somewhat disjointed thoughts. Nevertheless, she has an exceptional ability to tie aspects of our society to a dark dystopia (kind of like in the show Black Mirror), and the last quarter of the book is fun to read.

Jun 17, 2017

This is why Margaret Atwood is the best in the dystopian business. She somehow taps into the future's collective consciousness and weaves a tale that leaves one frightened at how easily this could come about. Since she is my favorite white, female author I naturally assumed I had devoured all of Atwood's pieces. I reckon it might could have been during one of those times I was lost and alone in deep waters and simply do not recall. If there is one thing I know besides women, it's that if this Republic can elect a coked up tween tweeting reality TV star oligarch as their President then I have no doubt in my military mind they would Red Dawn us liberals to FEMA camps faster than you can say Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya here to take our guns.

Jun 12, 2017

Margaret Atwood is a certified genius. Will never cease to be amazed by her insight into the human condition and our strengths and weaknesses. Peak form!

Jun 05, 2017

Fascinating read, very intriguing. Interesting plot and style of writing. Characters could use more fleshing-out.

debwalker Jun 02, 2017

Dystopia now?

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PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

“There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.”

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

“There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.”

Jul 11, 2014

I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting.

Jun 02, 2013

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

Jun 12, 2011

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum


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Jun 01, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Hangings and group lynching

Jun 01, 2017

Sexual Content: Explicit sexual scenes

Jun 01, 2017

Violence: group mob attack section


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Jun 01, 2017

Offred lives in a society where women are valued purely for their ability to reproduce because of rampant bareness caused by radioactive materials. Offred is one of the handmaids who are forced to procreate under the direct supervision of their commanding 'wives'. Offred had a family and a child of her own which were taken from her when she was forced to become property. All aspects of her life are controlled on pain of death. Things start to spiral downward when her Commander (baby daddy) starts speaking to her outside of the prearranged time he promises her glimpses of her old life. She is also forced into a sexual encounter with one of the servant men after her commanding wife feels the commander is incapable of getting her pregnant. She continues on this relationship even though she is afraid of being found out. The book ends rather abruptly when Offred is taken away in a van which is known to dispose of rebellious handmaids. It is implied that her lover helps her escape although it is ambiguous.

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