Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

Read: 26 Feb 2017
Finished: 28 Feb 2017

Summary

In age of declining births in the Republic of Gilead , there are women who have selected to become Handmaids as opposed to living their lives in hardship. A Handmaid is valued for their ovaries and are attached to a Commander and his wife for breeding purposes. Offred is a Handmaid who remembers the years before where she had lived and loved freely with her husband and daughter. In hope of reuniting with her loved ones again, Offred obediently follows the rules until she realizes that there might just be no way of going back to her past life.

Review

I’ve never actually heard of this book before until the announcement of the title being picked up by Hulu as an original series. Upon reading the summary, I was a little hesitant to read it because of the seemingly bleak vibe I was getting. I eventually decided to just read it as a close friend of mine had recommended it.

I didn’t have any favorite characters though I did admire Offred’s will to survive. Being a woman trapped in a role where her actions are dictated by law and the people that own her couldn’t have been easy. If I were a character in the book, I’d probably choose to live in exile – though I’d die a sad and lonely death.

It was a little hard to enjoy the book at times as the oppressive nature of the Handmaids got the Feminist side of me riled up. Being a female in the 21st Century, it’s hard to imagine a world where all current progressiveness in women’s rights were being thrown out the window. I’m however impressed with Margaret Atwood’s ability to envision a world that still remains relevant throughout the years. Despite having published this book in the 80s, The Handmaid’s Tale is still an important insight into what could be a possible future if society should make one wrong move.

Rating

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