The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Holbury Fawley U3A reading group:

Majority didn’t like the story, the idea behind it or the way it was told. One liked the symbolism behind the story and felt it was beautifully written and well characterised.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood”

  1. Review by Fawley Reading Group:
    Fascinating, frightening could be prophetic. We all found this a very gripping book.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Reviewby Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Promoted a good discussion. Admired but not always enjoyed. Ideas were chilling and thought provoking. Very descriptive and excellent use of language.
    Star rating: ***

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