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by Margaret Atwood

eBook The Handmaid's Tale download ISBN: 0771008554
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (1999)
Language: English
Pages: 368
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The Angels stood outside it with their backs to us. They were objects of fear to us, but of something else as well.

The Angels stood outside it with their backs to us. If only they would look.

San Francisco Chronicle. In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood has written the most chilling cautionary novel of the century.

Satisfying, disturbing and compelling. The most poetically satisfying and intense of all Atwood's novels. San Francisco Chronicle. A compelling fable of our time.

The Handmaid's Tale, originally published in 1985, is a dystopian novel written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy that overthrows the United States government. The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of subjugated women in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women resist and attempt to gain individuality and independence

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Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to her novel The Handmaid's Tale, inspired by the state of the modern world. The landmark 1985 book, about life under a totalitarian regime in the US, became a hit TV drama in 2017. In a message, Atwood wrote: "Dear Readers, everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living i. The sequel, to be titled The Testaments, will be published on 10 September 2019.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian author, poet, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist. She has written many novels in her lifetime, including The Handmaid's Tale, which is perhaps her best-known work. Atwood was born November. Atwood was born November 18th 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She studied at the University of Toronto and Radcliffe College. She was a lecturer in English literature.

Is The Handmaid’s Tale a prediction? That is the third question I’m asked - increasingly, as forces within American society seize power and enact decrees that embody what they were saying they wanted to do, even back in 1984, when I was writing the novel. No, it isn’t a prediction, because predicting the future isn’t really possible: There are too many variables and unforeseen possibilities.

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 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; 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...
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I first read The Handmaid's Tale around the time it was published in 1986. I was just 22, a sheltered young thing. I recall wondering what everyone was raving about, since only the top story layer of the book connected for me. Now, with decades of life experience behind me, I see that this is a deeply moving, complex book. I'm so glad I decide to read again just at this moment in time.

You would think that something written thirty years ago would seem dated. But that wasn't the case for me. If anything, I think there are so many things imagined in the book which have become more possible today instead of less. In a sense, this is a cautionary tale that a large art of the population ignored or misunderstood.

More than ever, we should be reading this and sharing it with the young women in our lives. And discussing it with them, so they see more of the depth than my 22-year-old self did.

Margaret Atwood imagined a world where a totalitarian power went into action against foreign zealots and their own people's "wanton" behavior. This power was meant to make the world better, but it also created a world of highly distinct "haves" and "have nots."

She says, “Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.” It might be just me (although I suspect not) but this sure sounds like what we often hear today on the news and in conversations.

Reading this at the end of 2016 after a brutal election cycle, the following quote from Atwood seems both wise and horrible. Have we not been hearing about people who feel invisible?

“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 more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories"

Atwood's Republic of Gilead gives people one-dimensional functions. Correction - she gives women one-dimensional functions. They are Wives, Marthas, Handmaids, Aunts, or Unwomen (and a few more which would be spoilers). Unwomen are rebels, likely to be banished to the toxic waste dumps of the colonies. Everyone else plays a part in the singular female focus - procreation. As I read, I wondered what category I'd fall into should I have the bad luck to land in Gilead. The women there have no layers of life or experience. They are expected only to fulfill their narrow role.

Why is procreation such a focus? Because of falling birth rates among white people. This book doesn't discuss race except one small spot near the end. It's as if there is only one race in Gilead. And the only people in that race with any power are men.

The main character, Offred (literally of Fred named after the Commander she serves) is the perfect blend of weak and strong. She tells us of her past and says, “When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.” But her life is not beautiful. And Atwood straddles the line of past and present, sending back and forth in a way that keeps you wanting more. Just as Offred wants more. Just as we all want more for ourselves and the generations of women coming after us.

If you read this book long ago, pick it up again. If you haven't yet read it, move it up to the top of your TBR. Buy it for friends. Buy for your sons and daughters. Use it to teach and to learn what kind of world we could be if we stop valuing the diversity of all people.
I realize that I kind of did things backward by watching the Hulu produced series of The Handmaid's Tale before reading Margaret Atwood's novel. But I was so impressed by the show, that I wanted to see what the source material was like. And it was even better than expected. The TV show managed to convey the same tone created in the novel as well as many of the events-the series stayed very true to the book, but I have read it will go beyond the book int he second season of the series. Atwood has created a truly frightening and feasible alternate reality. The unfolding of the narrative was also very well paced revealing significant details as if in real time.b It is an impressive novel, I will have to search out some of her other titles as well. This type of speculative fiction is on par with that of J.G. Ballard in his prime.
Still In Mind
Perfect last line to this book as I was left with so many questions at the end...the first of which was simply, "Huh?".

This book confused me. Given all of the hype around it, I was expecting much more from this book. It was decent and I can completely understand how it would translate well into a mini-series or movie...but I just couldn't get my head around how/why things changed so quickly in society...over night, all women's rights were taken away but there seemed to be little information as to who or why. I was further confused by tourists coming into Gilead...why were there fully functioning societies outside of Gilead that seem to have been unaffected by whatever caused this tremendous shift in US society. How could this have gone on for so long afterwards without a civil war of sorts breaking out. Without having more information of the total collapse of society and a little more longevity of what lead to the collapse, it was hard to buy into this tale.

If I could buy into the collapse of society and the development of Gilead to save the human race, there just wasn't enough information on how the Handmaids, the Aunts, etc were chosen, why they took healthy children away from their birth families and assigned the mothers of those children to other households for procreation...none of it made much sense. Also, what happened to the women in the colonies, the "unbabies", etc.

There was a great core to this story, just not enough detail to support any of it so I was very disappointed in the end.
I have to admit while parts of this novel where intriguing, most of it, I found difficult get through. The beginning until half way through was quite boring and if it hadn't been a required text for class I would've dropped it. On the other hand it was different and lacked the cliche main character that fights for freedom and justice, but then again that's the kind of character I like. I do recommend trying it for yourself as it wasn't a terrible read. I loved the ending though. It was open ended leaving you able to create an ending that you would like to have happened.
I adored this book. I love a dystopian story and this is one with brains. If you like 1984 and Brave New World this is for you. Because it's from a woman's perspective it consequently comes across as 'feminist' but my partner read it too and he really enjoyed it. It'll join the handful of other books I consider masterpieces like East of Eden, and To Kill A Mockingbird which I plan to read again. Very much looking forward to reading more of Atwood's work, and seeing the TV series.
I feel the author does a great job of creating a world that explores gender roles but also what it means to be human. The spirit of the narrator and her vantage point cause a reflection of the audience to assess gender roles and what radical ideaology could create. The narrator while being escapist for obvious reasons is also resilient and hopeful despite her experience. While I understand the desire by some to dismiss this work, it felt that it very much has a place and should be read. While it was good, it wasn't great - but that to me may have also been due to some of the author's stylistic preferences.