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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once The Handmaid's PDFEPUB or 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. I guess Atwood doesn t believe in uotation marks I don t think I ve ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character It took me uite a while to get used to that type of style of writing I had to go back and re read sentences again and again which doesn t really lend itself to a relaxing reading experience and it slowed me down uite a bitFirst 100 pagesReally annoyingwhy well because I felt like a juicy bone was being waved in front of my face Like when someone asks you guess which celebrity died today and you ask who and they say well why don t you guess and you answer I don t know I give up just tell me and this keeps going back and forth back and forth and finally you just want to say forget it it s not even worth it and walk away That s how I felt reading this book Kinda like Atwood was being childish about withholding the plot information because it gave her literary power and control over the reader and keeps them hostageThen I couldn t ignore this overwhelming feeling that the philosophy of this story was going to be something that didn t sit well with me However I slowly realized it was just a typical novel with no outstanding profundity whatsoeverOne of the reasons I despise contemporary literature and basically ceased reading it years ago is because contemporary writers almost always almost 100% of the time revert to the all essential shock value elements what I like to call the cheap grabber In the back cover of The Handmaids Tale it goes on to say Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chillingblah blah blahhhhhh and let me just state that I noticed the review by Newsweek long after I had already started reading the book It was probably noticed during one of those moments of frustration where I single handedly flipped the book around wondering whatthefuckingfuckI ll give you a perfect example of how she used this trendI m reading about women in habits who seem to be pious and obedient living in the Republic of Gilead They walk with their heads bowed down two by two whispering words to each other such as blessed be may the Lord Open and I receive with joy And this goes on say for about 100 pages or so Then suddenly out of the blue you read He s fucking me Now it s not that I don t like the word fuck In fact I LOVE the word fuck Not as in I like to fuck but as in Fuck my food is burning or Fuck I got my period on the mattress again So it s not like I m a fuck prude cause I m not It s just that it didn t seem to fit in with the theme of the book and it was cheaply thrown in for shock value to keep up with the trend Now can anyone sit there and tell me Atwood couldn t have better and elouently described that scene Halfway through the book I stopped and assessed what I had gotten from it so far still nothingIt certainly had moments of intrigue I give it that much Of course it had to have had intrigue because it s a pretty popular book But Atwood s writing from the beginning is so flawed It s as if it went straight from her hands to publishing without being proof read or editedI m not a writer but I am a reader and I think I m certainly capable of recognizing whether a book flows or not and this book just doesn t flow at all And what pisses me off the very most is that Margaret Atwood is presently supposed to represent one of Canada s top leading modern authors Just because a book sells a lot doesn t mean suat It s just a trend a fad It s like when The Philadelphia Inuirer stated that PUSH a novel might find a place in the African American Literary canon I was like WHAT are you kidding me that shit no effin way no Look at The Davinchi Code Yes I enjoyed the novel a lot but I also recognize that Dan Brown probably won t be included as part of the American literary canon in 100 years eitherMargaret Atwood in my humble opinion is not the greatest of writers I ve seen reviewers on goodreads who are better at writing than she isThe only decent thing about this novel was the story line and even that seemed like Daniel Steel fluff Oh and the other thing that got me was that the entire female democracy has fallen apart and all Of Fred could think of was her need to have sexual intimacy with a man Not to mention that she never seemed appropriately upset about the fact that her husband and daughter have been taken from her Has Maragaret Atwood ever seen the Movie Red Dawn with Patrick Swayze The wolverines c mon manThe other major problem with this novel is that there were so many uestions unanswered What political reason behind the president day massacre Who were these people why were women targeted Why didn t women and their men fight back Those are uestions I m asking just to humor the book At this point the book was so leaky that It s not even worth asking uestions about because there aren t any answers I thought this book was going to have some psychological depth but to me it was just like reading a cheap novel I can go on and on about other things that make this not a great novel but it s not even worth itI m extremely disappointed I thought this was going to be one of the good onesUpdated I m currently watching the Handmaids tale on Hulu and it s one of the best shows I ve ever watched aside from breaking bad

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E 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 tour de forc. Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe eitherInstead consider The Handmaid s Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone chilling cruel unaltered truth and nothing but the truthMove over Bram Stoker Move over HP Lovecraft Fade away into oblivion Edgar Allan Poe Disappear down the depths of obscurity Stephen King Your narratives are not nearly as coldly brutal your premonitions not nearly as portentous Because Ms Atwood presents to us something so truly disturbing in the garb of speculative fiction that it reminds one of Soviet era accounts of uotidian hardships in Gulag labour camps Speculative is itAren t the Offreds Of Fred Ofglens Of Glen Of warrens Of Warren of Gilead euivalent to the Mrs So and So s of the present reduced to the identity of their male partners Isn t the whittling down of a woman to the net worth of her reproductive organs and her outer appearance an accepted social Isn t blaming the rape victim causing her to bear the burden of unwarranted shame and social stigma a familiar tactic employed by the defense attorneyHasn t the 21st century witnessed the fate of Savita Halappanavars who are led to their untimely deaths by inhumane laws of nations still unwilling to acknowledge the importance of the life of a mother over her yet unborn childDoesn t the 21st century have materially prosperous nations governed by absurd archaic laws which prohibit a woman from driving a carDoesn t the world still take pleasure in terrorizing activists like Caroline Criado Perez with threats of rape and murder only because they have the audacity to campaign for female literary icons Jane Austen to become the face of Britain s 10 pound noteDo I not live in a country where female foeticide is as normal an occurrence as the rising and setting of the sunAre we still calling this speculative fictionSome may wish to labour under the delusion that the women belonging to this much vaunted modern civilization of ours are not experiencing the same nightmare as Offred and are at perfect liberty to do what they desire But I will notBecause when I look carefully I notice shackles encircling my feet my hands my throat my womb my mind Shackles whose presence I have become so used to since the dawn of time that I no longer possess the ability to discern between willful submission and conditioned subservienceBut thankfully enough I have Margaret Atwood to jolt me back into consciousness and to will me to believe that I am chained bound and gagged That I still need to break free I thank her for making me shudder with indignation revulsion and righteous anger I thank her for causing bile to rise up my throat And I thank her for forcing me to see that women of the present do live in a dystopia like Offred s United States of America We just prefer to remain blissfully blind to this fact at times Disclaimer I mean no disrespect to the other writers mentioned in this review all of whom I have read and deeply admire

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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 years before when she lived and made love with her husband Luk. edited from a paper I wrote in college about the bookIn 1986 when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid s Tale Ronald Regan had declared Morning in America and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values The Christian right in its infancy at the time was rising in reaction to the Free Love and the horrors of AIDs The 1984 election gave us Willie Horton and a reminder about how violent and evil society had become Finally even though Chernobyl happened shortly after the book was published the Union Carbide disaster in Bopal India was still fresh in the headlines a reminder that even the air is not safe It was not hard at the time to extrapolate the ultimate end that this cocktail of fundamentalism conservatism violence disease and disaster would bring but what Atwood could not know is how much of her novel would become reality in the worldAmazingly twenty years after it was written there are elements of the story that have become true perhaps not in the United States where the story takes place but throughout the world The most obvious first connection is with many of the issues regarding women s rights and religious fundamentalism that are taking place in the Middle East It was shocking to read in the book that the initial attack on the US Government was blamed on Islamic Fundamentalists though the story was written after the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing and the massacre at the Rome airport While this kind of terrorism was only in its infancy Atwood s insight is almost prophetic in the book When the Murrah building in Oklahoma City was bombed the initial reaction by the media was to blame Islamic terrorists when in fact like the novel the terrorism was homegrown The scale of the attack that took out the US Government in the novel is also eerily similar to the attacks of September 11 2001 Reading this novel in the post 911 world can send chills down one s spine the novel includes suicide bombings at checkpoints restrictions of rights in the name of safety blind patriotism and an overwhelming belief that there is only one true religion and deviants from this should be killedWhile George Orwell s 1984 is often referred to as an insightful perspective on modern society whenever someone puts a video camera on a street lamp or the government begins referring to negative events with positive doublespeak Orwell s world never materialized in full and likely never will materialize to the degree he created Instead it is Atwood s distopia seemingly outrageous at the time it was written that became reality This novel should serve as a cautionary warning about the result of any extremist view taken to its logical conclusion the Taliban is proof that society cannot dismiss the notions of this book as outrageous and extreme They have proven in the last decade a plausible end to the error of letting fundamentalism in any form guide one s society

10 thoughts on “The Handmaid's Tale

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    It's been almost five years since

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    52219Looking back on my original review it reads as uaint compared to the draconian state laws recently being passed my state of Ohio being one of them Make no mistake this not about ‘life’ it’s about controlling women If you can’t decide what happens to your own body you do not have freedom This is about bodily autonomy Women have the RIGHT to legal and safe abortions with no ualifications The fact

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    I guess Atwood doesn't believe in uotation marks I don't think I've ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character It took me uite a while to get used to that type of style of w

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    I’ve been moved by books in the past many times but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make y

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    There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way In a way that I always try to put

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    edited from a paper I wrote in college about the bookIn 1986 when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Ta

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    Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning The dystopian future she describes in Gilead which appears to be centered in Boston due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem is chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories Martha for housework and cooking

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    Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the re

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    I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come Fruitlessly Outside the rain is whipping the

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    What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel It doesn't feel dated or far fetched at all thanks to President TrumpClaire Danes is a pretty good match for this narrativeOriginal reviewImagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under the guise of protection from Islamic terrorism Imagine the future where the roles of the women reduced to those assigned to them in Old Testament they are no longer allow