The Handmaid's Tale


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Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaid's Tale : an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from "the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction" ( New York Times ). The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its image and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting ...

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Richard M

Aug 20, 2017

Not impressed...

This book has received a lot of favorable reviews as portraying a woman's plight in a dystopic society, revealed in a diary. Unfortunately, the approach is one of narrating a story with too many characters to follow, very little dialogue, often interspersed with many confusing flashbacks that make it very hard to follow. The causation for the environment setting isn't revealed until more than half way through the book, which might have helped if it had been done a lot earlier. The writing was excellent but the story and ending don't class it as a best seller for me.


Oct 21, 2014

Tritely (science) fictional

Implausible situation even considering the time when written. That the "heroine" would be so brain washed that she forgot her adulthood (past life) in a relatively short time frame, estimated at ca. a decade, rings with contriteness. Story seems redundantly arcane, infused with historical references to previous societies sprinkled throughout.


Jul 13, 2014

A Prescient Tale

Like so many of the famous tales of the future, The Handmaids Tale is a prescient look into a dystopian future where, in America, the religionists rule by fiat. None can stand against their rules for in this tale, the Bible has become the law and anyone who breaks the law has also sinned against the ruling party's dictates.

The fact is that The Handmaids Tale is one engrossing and revelatory story. I heartily recommend this story to all who have read, Animal Farm, Brave New World, 1984 and so many others of this genre.

Carol B

Sep 3, 2010

Not original but well done.

Not as good as "1984," but still good enough. Would have been better had the final disc not been so damaged that I missed the (predictable) ending.


Aug 25, 2009

Tough - but Worth It

This was the first book I read after joining a book club. It was WAY outside of my comfy box of Dan Brown & Harry Potter. This book really made me THINK for a change. I thought about concepts that I had never imagined possible before!! Scary - life changing concepts about how easily it would be for my money and freedom to be taken away. It's been 3 years since I read this book - and I STILL think about the ideas I was introduced to regularly. Excellent read. Great for broadening ideas about life. Great for book club discussions.

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