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The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood, a wonderfully talented Canadian writer has written over 40 volumes of fiction and non-fiction.

Her novel “The Blind Assassin” won the Man Booker Prize in 2000 and “The Handmaid’s Tale” was adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter in 1990.  Her work has also been translated in over 40 languages.

The Handmaid’s Tale gives an eerie sense of what a future could be like, if we let the omnipresent powers take over.  Gone are the freedoms taken for granted by both men and women.

Women are made to breed and Handmaids are only valuable if they can reproduce.  This story gives a chilling and all too plausible account of what life could be like.

You are forewarned.

Can you see this happening in today’s world?  What did message did you get from this book?

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  • David November 30, 2013, 6:15 pm

    Does how we perceive society today lead to how corrupt it can become in the future? Atwood has a handle on extrapolating present issues into the future to the worst degree and shows you how if we’re not careful and just, society can blow up in our face to become unrecognizable.

  • Paul November 29, 2013, 9:26 pm

    No choice. Nonexistent freedom. Omnipresent power. What a bleak future, particularly for women who are made to reproduce (those that can) in really quite a revolting fashion.

    Has you gripped and hoping that that day will never come.

  • Janet November 27, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Are we really that far off? Women are being controlled today in more countries than I care to count and in more ways than I want to know about.

    Atwood is brilliant at setting the scene and immersing you into this dysfunctional world.

  • Kate November 27, 2013, 1:27 pm

    A very daunting future is portrayed, one that I wouldn’t want to see happen. Is it feasible? The way things are being automated these days, how it seems people are out for power regardless of any good intentions they may have had in the beginning, it’s not out of the question. Although I still would like to believe that we would be able to rise against it.

  • Steve November 18, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Ok, I might be in the minority here as the previous comments have been quite complimentary but…. I liked it however I wasn’t that keen.

    Her writing is quite descriptive and you can picture it happening but do I believe it? No.

    Call me optimistic, but I’d like to think that things couldn’t go that far.

  • Andy November 18, 2013, 6:54 pm

    People often try to pen Atwood as a feminist writer but this really isn’t about feminism. It’s about how things can completely change if power gets into the wrong hands. A lesson for women, for men, for all regardless of gender.

    Vividly portrayed it resonates with everyone.

  • Jo November 17, 2013, 9:22 pm

    A very gripping story that makes you think “wow”, the way things are going (and have been for awhile), it’s not impossible that this is what the future holds.

    Look out everyone, what’s happening with your digital information today can turn against you tomorrow.

  • Jessica November 17, 2013, 7:25 pm

    This is one of those books that you remember. Although it’s been awhile since I last read it, the impression it left of me is still quite vivid.

    One of my favourites and I would highly recommend it.