Book Review: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

” Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. “

Margaret Atwood

Synopsis: 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 years 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…

Review: This is a book I received for Christmas from my boyfriend almost a year ago, I’d like to say that’s the longest I’ve left a book on the shelf…

So after so long telling the book “I’ll read you next I promise” I finally got round to reading it this week. I knew absolutley nothing about this book other than it’s a modern classic, has a TV show and Red is everyone’s fave wear. Yet, I found myself surprised by how good it is.

This scarily relevant dystopian novel is actually about the change in society to a male dominant Hierarchy where women are categorised and dehumanised. The narrative is told by Offred, a woman whose only purpose is to give birth to a child for a powerful family.

The storytelling/writing style was phenomenal despite their not really seeming to be a plot in the traditional sense (its more of a diary than a plot driven story line). The characters were all vivid in my imagination and I enjoyed how grey the lines seemed to be with characters you would never expect. The book honestly felt so realistic especially with that cliffhanger of an ending! I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book! Well worth a read if you haven’t read it already.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author: Margaret Atwood 
Publisher: Anchor Books
Series or Standalone: Book 1

Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Classic
Source: Waterstones
Goodreads Rating: 4.09

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

  1. I agree, this book does feel incredibly realistic! I know that Atwood did base all of the events in the novel on things that in one way or another have happened before, and she was in Afghanistan in the 1980’s which is where she got some of her inspiration. It’s terrifying though that with each year the events of the novel seem to get closer and closer…

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