Monday, March 16, 2015

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

I read this book a number of years ago, and I decided to re-read it, as I'm nominating it for One Book, One Lincoln. This is actually one of the first dystopian novels I've ever read. I remember being a bit frightened, as well as thrilled, by the concept that our society had gotten so out of hand--so gluttonous and vile--that there was a complete overhaul. I felt that way again reading this story for a second time... in fact, even more so this time around! Our main character is now known as Offred, and she is a Handmaid for a Commander in the new society. Her sole purpose in this new life is to provide a child for the Commander and his wife. She does not speak with anyone unless spoken to, she may not read or do anything else to amuse herself or occupy her time. Where are her husband and daughter, from before? She does not know, and sometimes, she doesn't WANT to know... Will Offred survive in her new surroundings? Will "surviving" be enough for her? -- recommended by Tracy T. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Tracy's Reviewer Profile and more of her reviews ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try 1984 by George Orwell; Divergent by Veronica Roth; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.]

[Also available in downloadable E-book format.]

[ Wikipedia page for this novel ] | [ official Margaret Atwood web site ]

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