Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

   The Handmaid’s Tale
   Margaret Atwood

In what used to be the United States and is now the Republic of Gilead, is a dystopian society that overreacted to declining birth rates by creating a caste system society even more repressive than the Puritans.  Our protagonist, Offred, is a handmaiden, a low caste woman specifically chosen to bear a high society member’s child.  She lives with Fred, his wife and their servants and her whole life revolves around conceiving Fred’s child.  Read The Handmaid’s Tale to find out Offred’s fate.

A while ago, I was making pretty good progress on Amazon’s Top 100 Books List but somehow got out of the habit of reading these books.  I finally got back to it and am glad I read The Handmaid’s Tale.  More like an artsy movie that’s a glimpse into someone’s life rather than a traditional story, this novel is eye-opening and points out the dangers of extremism in any form.

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