Summary: 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…
Review: 4 stars
Having read The Heart Goes Last and hearing all the hype for The Handmaid’s Tale I found myself excited to dive into this story. It did not start off with a bang, but it is written very elegantly. This is not a fast paced read, but it is one that causes you to think and changes the way that you look at things.
The Handmaid’s Tale reads more like a memoir than a novel in the wat that it feels authentic. Many aspects of the world created feel so dystopian that you would like to believe that this story could never happen, but Margaret Atwood has a gift for making this story come to life.
After finishing the novel I could not help but find myself thinking of it. I find myself grateful for the freedoms of society today, but also reflective on the state of unrest and the protests that are happening. Oh wonder if this novel has become more popular as of late because it feels like it could be possible.
I am left deep in thought and I have gained a new respect for Margaret Atwood that I did not have after reading The Heart Goes Last. I wish this was a series, but with the way it ended I see why it isn’t. I am excited to check out the television series though, because I am not entirely ready to move on from this story.