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    It's been almost five years since I wrote my review I've rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea remains the same Extremist Judeo Christian beliefs have won America's culture war Now women have no rights They are slaves to men and the biblical patriarchal society in which they live The Handmaid's Tale is th

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    52219Looking back on my original review it reads as uaint compared to the draconian state laws recently being passed my state of Ohio being one of them Make no mistake this not about ‘life’ it’s about controlling women If you can’t de

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    I guess Atwood doesn't believe in uotation marks I don't think I've ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the n

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    I’ve been moved by books in the past many times but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so “Yes Ma’am I said again forgetting They used to have dolls for little girls that would talk if you pulled a string at the back; I thought I was sounding like that voice of a

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    There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way In a way that I always try to put i

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    edited from a paper I wrote in college about the bookIn 1986 when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale Ronald Regan had declared “Morning in America” and society was going to renew itself by returning to the

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    Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning The dystopian future she describes in Gilead which appears to be centered in Boston due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem is chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories Martha for housework and cooking

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    Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Conside

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    I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come Fruitlessly Outside the rain is whipping the windows without merc

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    What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel It doesn't feel dated or far fetched at all thanks to President TrumpClaire Danes is a

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The Handmaid's Tale

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 Funny unexpected horrifying and altogether convincing The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire dire warning and tour de force. Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe eitherInstead consider The Handmaid s Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone chilling cruel unaltered truth and nothing but the truthMove over Bram Stoker Move over HP Lovecraft Fade away into oblivion Edgar Allan Poe Disappear down the depths of obscurity Stephen King Your narratives are not nearly as coldly brutal your premonitions not nearly as portentous Because Ms Atwood presents to us something so truly disturbing in the garb of speculative fiction that it reminds one of Soviet era accounts of uotidian hardships in Gulag labour camps Speculative is itAren t the Offreds Of Fred Ofglens Of Glen Of warrens Of Warren of Gilead euivalent to the Mrs So and So s of the present reduced to the identity of their male partners Isn t the whittling down of a woman to the net worth of her reproductive organs and her outer appearance an accepted social Isn t blaming the rape victim causing her to bear the burden of unwarranted shame and social stigma a familiar tactic employed by the defense attorneyHasn t the 21st century witnessed the fate of Savita Halappanavars who are led to their untimely deaths by inhumane laws of nations still unwilling to acknowledge the importance of the life of a mother over her yet unborn childDoesn t the 21st century have materially prosperous nations governed by absurd archaic laws which prohibit a woman from driving a carDoesn t the world still take pleasure in terrorizing activists like Caroline Criado Perez with threats of rape and murder only because they have the audacity to campaign for female literary icons Jane Austen to become the face of Britain s 10 pound noteDo I not live in a country where female foeticide is as normal an occurrence as the rising and setting of the sunAre we still calling this speculative fictionSome may wish to labour under the delusion that the women belonging to this much vaunted modern civilization of ours are not experiencing the same nightmare as Offred and are at perfect liberty to do what they desire But I will notBecause when I look carefully I notice shackles encircling my feet my hands my throat my womb my mind Shackles whose presence I have become so used to since the dawn of time that I no longer possess the ability to discern between willful submission and conditioned subservienceBut thankfully enough I have Margaret Atwood to jolt me back into consciousness and to will me to believe that I am chained bound and gagged That I still need to break free I thank her for making me shudder with indignation revulsion and righteous anger I thank her for causing bile to rise up my throat And I thank her for forcing me to see that women of the present do live in a dystopia like Offred s United States of America We just prefer to remain blissfully blind to this fact at times Disclaimer I mean no disrespect to the other writers mentioned in this review all of whom I have read and deeply admire The First Partition of Poland reins Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe eitherInstead consider The Handmaid s Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone chilling cruel unaltered truth and nothing but the truthMove over Bram Stoker Move over HP Lovecraft Fade away into oblivion Edgar Allan Poe Disappear down the depths of obscurity Stephen King Your narratives are not nearly as coldly brutal your premonitions not nearly as portentous Because Ms Atwood presents to us something so truly disturbing in the garb of speculative fiction that it The Hero of Varay reminds one of Soviet era accounts 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literary icons Jane Austen to become the face of Britain s 10 pound noteDo I not live in a country where female foeticide is as normal an occurrence as the Son of the Hero rising and setting of the sunAre we still calling this speculative fictionSome may wish to labour under the delusion that the women belonging to this much vaunted modern civilization of ours are not experiencing the same nightmare as Offred and are at perfect liberty to do what they desire But I will notBecause when I look carefully I notice shackles encircling my feet my hands my throat my womb my mind Shackles whose presence I have become so used to since the dawn of time that I no longer possess the ability to discern between willful submission and conditioned subservienceBut thankfully enough I have Margaret Atwood to jolt me back into consciousness and to will me to believe that I am chained bound and gagged That I still need to break free I thank her for making me shudder with indignation The Alien Jigsaw revulsion and Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning righteous anger I thank her for causing bile to The Illusion of Gods Presence rise up my throat And I thank her for forcing me to see that women of the present do live in a dystopia like Offred s United States of America We just prefer to Folk Tales From The Soviet Union remain blissfully blind to this fact at times Disclaimer I mean no disrespect to the other writers mentioned in this Not The Hot Chick review all of whom I have Pegged and Plugged at the Club read and deeply admire

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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 mon. I guess Atwood doesn t believe in uotation marks I don t think I ve ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character It took me uite a while to get used to that type of style of writing I had to go back and re read sentences again and again which doesn t really lend itself to a relaxing reading experience and it slowed me down uite a bitFirst 100 pagesReally annoyingwhy well because I felt like a juicy bone was being waved in front of my face Like when someone asks you guess which celebrity died today and you ask who and they say well why don t you guess and you answer I don t know I give up just tell me and this keeps going back and forth back and forth and finally you just want to say forget it it s not even worth it and walk away That s how I felt reading this book Kinda like Atwood was being childish about withholding the plot information because it gave her literary power and control over the reader and keeps them hostageThen I couldn t ignore this overwhelming feeling that the philosophy of this story was going to be something that didn t sit well with me However I slowly realized it was just a typical novel with no outstanding profundity whatsoeverOne of the reasons I despise contemporary literature and basically ceased reading it years ago is because contemporary writers almost always almost 100% of the time revert to the all essential shock value elements what I like to call the cheap grabber In the back cover of The Handmaids Tale it goes on to say Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chillingblah blah blahhhhhh and let me just state that I noticed the review by Newsweek long after I had already started reading the book It was probably noticed during one of those moments of frustration where I single handedly flipped the book around wondering whatthefuckingfuckI ll give you a perfect example of how she used this trendI m reading about women in habits who seem to be pious and obedient living in the Republic of Gilead They walk with their heads bowed down two by two whispering words to each other such as blessed be may the Lord Open and I receive with joy And this goes on say for about 100 pages or so Then suddenly out of the blue you read He s fucking me Now it s not that I don t like the word fuck In fact I LOVE the word fuck Not as in I like to fuck but as in Fuck my food is burning or Fuck I got my period on the mattress again So it s not like I m a fuck prude cause I m not It s just that it didn t seem to fit in with the theme of the book and it was cheaply thrown in for shock value to keep up with the trend Now can anyone sit there and tell me Atwood couldn t have better and elouently described that scene Halfway through the book I stopped and assessed what I had gotten from it so far still nothingIt certainly had moments of intrigue I give it that much Of course it had to have had intrigue because it s a pretty popular book But Atwood s writing from the beginning is so flawed It s as if it went straight from her hands to publishing without being proof read or editedI m not a writer but I am a reader and I think I m certainly capable of recognizing whether a book flows or not and this book just doesn t flow at all And what pisses me off the very most is that Margaret Atwood is presently supposed to represent one of Canada s top leading modern authors Just because a book sells a lot doesn t mean suat It s just a trend a fad It s like when The Philadelphia Inuirer stated that PUSH a novel might find a place in the African American Literary canon I was like WHAT are you kidding me that shit no effin way no Look at The Davinchi Code Yes I enjoyed the novel a lot but I also recognize that Dan Brown probably won t be included as part of the American literary canon in 100 years eitherMargaret Atwood in my humble opinion is not the greatest of writers I ve seen reviewers on goodreads who are better at writing than she isThe only decent thing about this novel was the story line and even that seemed like Daniel Steel fluff Oh and the other thing that got me was that the entire female democracy has fallen apart and all Of Fred could think of was her need to have sexual intimacy with a man Not to mention that she never seemed appropriately upset about the fact that her husband and daughter have been taken from her Has Maragaret Atwood ever seen the Movie Red Dawn with Patrick Swayze The wolverines c mon manThe other major problem with this novel is that there were so many uestions unanswered What political reason behind the president day massacre Who were these people why were women targeted Why didn t women and their men fight back Those are uestions I m asking just to humor the book At this point the book was so leaky that It s not even worth asking uestions about because there aren t any answers I thought this book was going to have some psychological depth but to me it was just like reading a cheap novel I can go on and on about other things that make this not a great novel but it s not even worth itI m extremely disappointed I thought this was going to be one of the good onesUpdated I m currently watching the Handmaids tale on Hulu and it s one of the best shows I ve ever watched aside from breaking bad

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Th 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. There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way In a way that I always try to put into words and always ultimately fail I have read a lot of books over the years and I ve liked many disliked plenty too loved and hated a smaller amount but out of the thousands I ve read there s less than ten maybe even less than five now I think about it that honestly hit me so hard that I would go so far as to say they changed me The Handmaid s Tale is a book that changed my lifeI know I know big dramatic statement to make I hear you And normally I wouldn t say that even about books I give five glowing stars but with this book it is nothing short of the truth This book was the spark that turned me into a feminist It was the spark that made me interested in gender politics and through that politics in general One of my favourite teachers in the world gave me this book and said I think you ll like this oneShe was so wrong I didn t like this book I loved it And I hated it I lost sleep over it I lived in it I was so completely absorbed into this world into this dark but oddly uiet dystopian reality There is something about the tone of Atwood s novels that works like a knife to my heart uiet rich the drama just bubbling under the surface of the prose Atwood doesn t waste words she doesn t sugarcoat her stories with meaningless phrases everything is subtle and everything is powerfulThis dystopia is a well told feminist nightmare An horrific portrait of a future that seems far too reminiscent of aspects of our own society and its very real recent history The best kind of dystopian fiction is for me that which convinces me this world might or could happen Atwood s world building may be sparse and built up gradually as the story unfolds but she slowly paints a portrait of stifling oppression and injustice that had me hanging on her every wordFor someone like me who was so caught up in Offred s experiences this book was truly disturbing In the best possible way There are so many themes and possible interpretations that can be taken from this book plenty of which I ve literally written essays on but I ll let new readers discover and interpret the book for themselves I will issue you one warning though the ending is ambiguous and puts many people off the book But for me it s one of the very few cases where an open ending has worked 100% It made the story even powerful in my opinion and guaranteed I would never be able to forget Offred and indeed this whole book We were the people who were not in the papers We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print It gave us freedom We lived in the gaps between the stories Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

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About the Author: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario uebec and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe CollegeThroughout her writing career Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry childr