Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Series: The Handmaid’s Tale #1
Author: Margaret Atwood
Published in English: 1998
Dansk titel: Tjenerindens Fortælling
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtoft
Finished Reading: October 2019
Genre: Science Fiction & Classics
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
Let me be honest here, I’ve never read any book that remotely resembles this. The writing is amazing. It’s no wonder really that this has become such a rising star with its three seasons and many more books in the series on its way. I had slight issues getting started but once I’d gotten used to the way Offred aka June was telling the story, I was hooked.
The book is about the view upon the future in the world, but mostly in the United States where a major part of the book takes place.
This is a well – feministic work that should serve as a clarion call for defending women’s right to maintaining control over their own bodies and lives. This book serves as a worst case scenario for all women around the world and if you’re particular squeamish about depredating women as a race, then you should probably just do yourself a favor and stay away from this, as it’s really barbaric at times. I at times felt an extreme urge to kick someone or cat scratch someone’s eye out.
I liked June as a main character she had a lot of personality despite her situation and I truly believed her as a character.
The one bright light in the story was Nick. He was an amazing character I liked him. Overall, an amazing work that in my opinion will become greater as years pass. I can’t wait for the second to come out!