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When she 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. 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 mercy My husband is sleeping next to me oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid s Tale and its effect on me I knew I should have resumed myself to the self imposed daily uota of 10% But no I had to read the last 30 % in one go and now I can t sleep because of it It s like a shot of caffeine to my veins How can I review such a book How can I explain how I feel I don t even know I can t say I enjoyed it I was both dreading and expecting to open the pages I wanted it to be over like I want a punishment to be over It made me choke I was uncomfortable and in pain the whole 312 pages However I was also in awe to the power and poetry of Atwood s writing The last novel they made me feel this way was Never Let Me Go I can still smell the heavy the heavy atmosphere Submission This is it Both were about submission to a terrible destiny I could not understand and accept it then and I cannot do it now Or can I What would I do to survive if submission were the only hope There is a knot in my throat What she wrote in this novel the world she created is absurd isn t it It cannot happen not in a million years right We are past this we have evolved enough We cannot get there It would be terrible unthinkable It is absurd to think that people s will can be so easily obliterated that minds can be erased and that fear can rule one s life into submission And still Kim Jung Un in Korea Putin in Russia recently the election in Turkey Trump is just as dangerous Le Pen can become the next president in France Yes the daughter of the man that said that Holocaust did not exist The world is a dangerous place and freedom is fragile We need to open our eyes be vigilant and never be complacent with what we have so it is not taken from us I still cannot sleep The rain becomes even punishing My mind races I think about the past of my country In the end of the novel at Historical Notes there were a few examples of other similar regimes that reacted as Gilead It said that Romania has anticipated Gilead in the eighties by banning all forms of birth control and imposing other restrictions How I wished this was also part of the author s imagination Ok there were no compulsory pregnancy tests and promotion did not depend on fertility but a decree was passed by Ceausescu our last communist president where all birth control and abortion was banned The punishment for not complying was severe women were imprisoned and beaten to confess During the 20 years when the decree was in place than 10000 women died from illegal mostly home made abortions Another world where men controlled women s body Not so long ago We cannot go back to that can we Motherhood Another hurtful subject To have your child taken away from you To be unable to have a child and have your husband conceive with someone else while you watch A nightmare for any woman or man No love no sex for pleasure No here I draw the line I cannot see this happen And still Historical NotesThe above memoir of a distressed reader that could not sleep because of the Handmaid s Tale was found in the notes of a mobile phone It is hard to identify the person that wrote the document as there were probably many people that lost sleep over this novel in Atwood s republic She tends to write some uncomfortable stuff that author We cannot confirm the authenticity of the document still the disturbed tone suggests that the person actually read the Handmaid s Tale and was deeply impressed by it And scaredPS I found in another review an interesting article wrote by Atwood where she discusses the book

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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 The Handmaid's PDFEPUB or 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 h. 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 the first person account of one of these enslaved womenMassachusetts Turns Into Saudi ArabiaMore than thirty years have passed since The Handmaid s Tale was first published in 1985 but many still think of it as the go to book for feminist fiction It makes numerous best of lists the kinds with 99 other books everyone should read before dying Even so The Handmaid s Tale frustrates me a lot and not only because it contains run on sentences and needlessly abandons uotation marks This is no train wreck like Jos Saramago s Blindness but it s bad enough Simply put if you can ignore whether you agree or disagree with Margaret Atwood s ideas about politics religion and women s rights the plot and setting make no senseThe religiosity of the Reagan era inspired Atwood s dystopia in which fundamentalist Christians have taken over society While that premise does give me the heebie jeebies Atwood s taken the idea to a literal extreme to make a point This ruins the foundation of The Handmaid s Tale because most American fundies would balk at this world Atwood imagines the extreme of the extreme and in the process completely misunderstands American evangelicalism I m a heathen bastard and no fan of religion Fundamentalism has hurt people particularly women for millennia Extremism continues to hurt people every day especially in some parts of the world especially in some states Even so it s hard to accept Atwood s dystopia when it s set in the US in the near future and in Massachusetts one of the most progressive states in the country one of only sixteen states in the union with state constitutional protections for abortion since 1981 I believe Massachusetts is a liberal bastion when it comes to American women s reproductive rights so it s an odd setting for this brand of nightmare In recent decades Massachusetts is also one of the least religious states so it s an odd setting for a theocracy tooAtwood chose Massachusetts for its puritanical history I can embrace the connection to the Reagan administration in the same way I can embrace Orwell s fear of communism in 1984 but to imagine an unchanging puritanical Massachusetts reuires a bit too much Societies Don t Change OvernightThe Handmaid s Tale is told in first person by a woman who s lived in our present day or less as well as in this dark fundamentalist Tomorrowland She s gone from wearing flip flops and sundresses to a full body religious habit color coded red to match her subservient role She was married once had a child Now she s another s property one of the handmaids sent from one man s house to another The hope is that she will become pregnant when a prominent man s wife cannot Her life has been flipped and made forfeit She lives in fear and depression and abuse This is meant to make me unnerved and it doesButSimply because an author wants to comment on society doesn t mean he or she can ignore important logical story elements The logic part should be emphasized here I think given this is supposed to be science fiction not fantasy Although Atwood does insist The Handmaid s Tale is speculative fiction because that further legitimizes her storyor something Never mind that sci fi and fantasy are types of speculative fictionThere s a uestion I have that never gets answered not properly at least How did this happen so uickly How did we go from burning bras to having every part of our lives regulated Why did it take Massachusetts decades centuries to reject puritanism but only a few years to reject liberalismRights can erode but you don t see it happen on such a large scale and so seamlessly and not overnight Nothing happens overnight especially not governmental takeovers in relatively stable secular societies which is the book s scenario Societies evolve one way or another usually rather slowly Civil moral and regime changes don t sneak up on you It wasn t the case in Germany before Hitler in China before Mao in Afghanistan before the Taliban in Syria before its civil war It s not the case in 2016 with people like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump leading in GOP primary polls The world may be disappointing and horrible sometimes but it is rarely surprisingIf Atwood had built her dystopia on a chain of events that occurred over a longer period of time or explained how everything unraveled so uickly I might have been on board with the premise That isn t how The Handmaid s Tale is written though The explanations for the sudden changes are fantastical at best dependent on evil digitized money be careful with the mobile payments and bitcoins ladies and misogynistic conservative conspiracies that readers are to believe could bring millions of people to a stupefied halt and change culture in the blink of an eye view spoilerApparently it s easy to gun down all of Congress while it s in session Who knew hide spoiler

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Er back once a month 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. 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 old values The Christian right in its infancy at the time was rising in reaction to the Free Love and the horrors of AIDs The 1984 election gave us Willie Horton and a reminder about how violent and evil society had become Finally even though Chernobyl happened shortly after the book was published the Union Carbide disaster in Bopal India was still fresh in the headlines a reminder that even the air is not safe It was not hard at the time to extrapolate the ultimate end that this cocktail of fundamentalism conservatism violence disease and disaster would bring but what Atwood could not know is how much of her novel would become reality in the worldAmazingly twenty years after it was written there are elements of the story that have become true perhaps not in the United States where the story takes place but throughout the world The most obvious first connection is with many of the issues regarding women s rights and religious fundamentalism that are taking place in the Middle East It was shocking to read in the book that the initial attack on the US Government was blamed on Islamic Fundamentalists though the story was written after the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing and the massacre at the Rome airport While this kind of terrorism was only in its infancy Atwood s insight is almost prophetic in the book When the Murrah building in Oklahoma City was bombed the initial reaction by the media was to blame Islamic terrorists when in fact like the novel the terrorism was homegrown The scale of the attack that took out the US Government in the novel is also eerily similar to the attacks of September 11 2001 Reading this novel in the post 911 world can send chills down one s spine the novel includes suicide bombings at checkpoints restrictions of rights in the name of safety blind patriotism and an overwhelming belief that there is only one true religion and deviants from this should be killedWhile George Orwell s 1984 is often referred to as an insightful perspective on modern society whenever someone puts a video camera on a street lamp or the government begins referring to negative events with positive doublespeak Orwell s world never materialized in full and likely never will materialize to the degree he created Instead it is Atwood s distopia seemingly outrageous at the time it was written that became reality This novel should serve as a cautionary warning about the result of any extremist view taken to its logical conclusion the Taliban is proof that society cannot dismiss the notions of this book as outrageous and extreme They have proven in the last decade a plausible end to the error of letting fundamentalism in any form guide one s society


10 thoughts on “The Handmaid's Tale

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    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 contro

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 di

  6. says:

    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 old values The Christian right in its infancy at the time was rising in reaction to the Free Love and the horrors of AIDs

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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 Jezebels easy to guess right? Eyes Angels soldiers for the state infertile Wives and potentially fertile Hand

  8. says:

    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 holdin

  9. says:

    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 mercy My husband is sleeping next to me oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid's Tale and its effect on me I knew I should have resumed myself to the self imposed daily uota of 10% But no I had to read the last 30 % in one go

  10. says:

    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 pretty good match for this narrativeOriginal reviewImagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under the guise of protection from Islamic terrorism Imagine the future where