Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Book Club: The Handmaid'S Tale

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Book: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: 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 Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days 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.... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.
 
What I Have To Say:
This was the June pick for my book club, and I wasn't excited about it. I had read this book in high school, and I wasn't a fan. Re-reading it without any assignments to do, did make the book more enjoyable. This book is set in the future, but eerily echos what is happening in the US at the moment, and makes you wonder how far off the US is from a society that is similar to the Republic of Gilead. Margaret Atwood, a Canadian Treasure, is a wonderful author and this book is very well written. The plot makes you think, the characters are interesting, and the story flows well.
 
Final Verdict:
Everyone seems to love this book, but I'm not a fan. I would still recommend this book- it is an engaging and thought-provoking read. I can see why others like it, but I won't be re-reading it. 

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