The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
How would it be if women in our society either were used as ‘just’ a wife, a maid or simply be poor? And how would it be if we lived in a society where we had absolutely no control over anything and you could get cruelly murdered for something as simple as reading a book? Fortunately, this is not reality in this era, but it is in The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Margaret Atwood. A strange, complex novel but is it worth reading? Read on for the full book review.
The Handmaid’s Tale: what’s it about?
Offred is a maid, living in the Republic of Gilead, whose life consists of cleaning, serving, doing laundry and trying to get pregnant. (yeah that was a turn around, eh?) Her real name is taken away by the government, as all the maids in the Republic are obliged to take on new names. Offred has no right to do anything. Reading, talking about politics, having romantic relationships… She can’t even kill herself, either, because the government of the Republic of Gilead has taken away everything that might help maids to commit suicide. But, as Offred lives on in her ordinary life of a handmaid, she discovers a world where rules are meant to be broken, in order to live in sanity. But whether this is a good and safe world?
Even though in the first half of the book not much happened, it had me in its grip from page one. It is satisfying, yet terrifying to read about a place where things are so unusual and different as in contrast to our own world, nowadays. Margaret Atwood has captured that feeling perfectly and knows how to tell this extraordinary story while making sure we feel the empathy she wants us to feel and we receive the message she wants to give. The flashbacks and memories Offred thinks about often make you feel sad for the women and curious as to how people could have lived and felt before and during the era they were living in. The book is never boring and describes painful or joyful events with much emotion and an extensive use of words, which makes it incredibly easy to relate to and feel the emotions.
For people who like to read about alternate universes and life in different circumstances than in this current world, this book is a must, as it will give you insight on different lifestyles. The story creates emotion and drama you don’t want to miss out on and which will leave you captured after finishing it. With the extremely strong ending which will leave you wondering, this book is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time.
I hope I gave you a clear view of my opinion on this book. I freaking love it, haha. I now want someone who wants to talk with me about it for hours because I still haven’t quite wrapped my mind around the ending and the book in general.
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