The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is so chillingly apt for our 2017 lives. Crap. I have chills. It was written in 1986 and I have to say Atwood is freaking brilliant, prescient, and oh so wise. It has had a resurgence thanks to a production on Hulu (which I have not seen. It stars Elizabeth Moss - an excellent actress). Anyway – this book is very worthy of a read. It was our book club pick and I can’t wait to discuss it with my friends.
From the back blurb: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may only leave the Commander’s home once a day to walk to the food market. Women are no longer allowed to read. Women no longer have access to money. She has to pray that the Commander impregnates her. She is valued only because her ovaries are viable. She can remember the years before, when she lived and made love to her husband, played and protected her daughter, had a job, money, and access to knowledge. All that is gone now…
Read and find out what happens. Review the life she remembers, how she exists now, and what is possible…if anything.
Atwood has created a world that is horrific and possible. Her vision is amazing and her writing is genius. I read this and shall turn around and re-read it. Wow. It blew my mind. Quite profound.
I dog-eared this whole book.
p. 64 I’ve learned to do without a lot of things. If you have a lot, you get too attached to this material world and you forget about spiritual values. You must cultivate poverty of spirit.
p.94 What’s going on…has nothing to do with passion or love or romance…it has nothing to do with sexual desire
p.135 Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it
p.193 The moment of betrayal is the worse, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you’ve been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil.
The Handmaid’s Tale is absolutely one of the best books I’ve ever read. Get it. Read it. Think. And re-read it. And re-read it. Discuss. Dang!!!
Great review Joanne. Hope it sells well.ReplyDelete
Been around a long time and is back in the news againDelete
I'll have to put this on my amazon list! I've heard a lot about the show....everyone who watches it, loves it.ReplyDelete
The book is chilling. Great writingDelete
I've heard it was really good and the show turned out good too. One that makes you want to re-read and chat sure has to be good indeed.ReplyDelete
Very apt for the world today. Worthy of chatDelete
This sounds really interesting.ReplyDelete
Book club worthyDelete
I've only seen the original movie. Very bleak outlook.ReplyDelete
indeed. It's tough to fathom and yet, some choices our government is making these days makes some things possibleDelete
Wow and Yikes!ReplyDelete
exactly. Read and weep, or read and rally for the future.Delete
Wow! That's the most enthusiastic book endorsement I've ever seen! Okay, you've convinced me. This one definitely goes onto my must-read list. Thanks!ReplyDelete
It is a serious makes you think readDelete
I read it in 2001 (I used to keep a Book Diary - wish I hadn't stopped!). Time to go back and re-read, I think. The TV series just ended in the UK last night but I didn't see it. Now I need to look for it on one of the catch-up sources.ReplyDelete
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Lots of folks are rereading. This was my first exposureDelete
I have been hearing a great deal about the production of this, but I haven't seen it. Thanks for the review. Sounds fantastic!ReplyDelete
It is a Should read and Glad you did read book. Not light. But so well writtenDelete