The Handmaid's Tale (epub / Pdf) by Margaret Atwood

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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 Funny unexpected horrifying and altogether convincing The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire dire warning and tour de force Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe eitherInstead consider The Handmaid s Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone chilling cruel unaltered truth and nothing but the truthMove over Bram Stoker Move over HP Lovecraft Fade away into oblivion Edgar Allan Poe Disappear down the depths of obscurity Stephen King Your narratives are not nearly as coldly brutal your premonitions not nearly as portentous Because Ms Atwood presents to us something so truly disturbing in the garb of speculative fiction that it reminds one of Soviet era accounts of uotidian hardships in Gulag labour camps Speculative is itAren t the Offreds Of Fred Ofglens Of Glen Of warrens Of Warren of Gilead euivalent to the Mrs So and So s of the present reduced to the identity of their male partners Isn t the whittling down of a woman to the net worth of her reproductive organs and her outer appearance an accepted social Isn t blaming the rape victim causing her to bear the burden of unwarranted shame and social stigma a familiar tactic employed by the defense attorneyHasn t the 21st century witnessed the fate of Savita Halappanavars who are led to their untimely deaths by inhumane laws of nations still unwilling to acknowledge the importance of the life of a mother over her yet unborn childDoesn t the 21st century have materially prosperous nations governed by absurd archaic laws which prohibit a woman from driving a carDoesn t the world still take pleasure in terrorizing activists like Caroline Criado Perez with threats of rape and murder only because they have the audacity to campaign for female literary icons Jane Austen to become the face of Britain s 10 pound noteDo I not live in a country where female foeticide is as normal an occurrence as the rising and setting of the sunAre we still calling this speculative fictionSome may wish to labour under the delusion that the women belonging to this much vaunted modern civilization of ours are not experiencing the same nightmare as Offred and are at perfect liberty to do what they desire But I will notBecause when I look carefully I notice shackles encircling my feet my hands my throat my womb my mind Shackles whose presence I have become so used to since the dawn of time that I no longer possess the ability to discern between willful submission and conditioned subservienceBut thankfully enough I have Margaret Atwood to jolt me back into consciousness and to will me to believe that I am chained bound and gagged That I still need to break free I thank her for making me shudder with indignation revulsion and righteous anger I thank her for causing bile to rise up my throat And I thank her for forcing me to see that women of the present do live in a dystopia like Offred s United States of America We just prefer to remain blissfully blind to this fact at times Disclaimer I mean no disrespect to the other writers mentioned in this review all of whom I have read and deeply admire Tokyo Kill force Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of Unbroken The Reaper Diaries fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider it not a thinly veiled Bhishma an Enigma feminist diatribe eitherInstead consider The Handmaid s Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a The Art of Loving fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone chilling cruel unaltered truth and nothing but the truthMove over Bram Stoker Move over HP Lovecraft Fade away into oblivion Edgar Allan Poe Disappear down the depths of obscurity Stephen King Your narratives are not nearly as coldly brutal your premonitions not nearly as portentous Because Ms Atwood presents to us something so truly disturbing in the garb of speculative Jack Kerouac fiction that it reminds one of Soviet era accounts of uotidian hardships in Gulag labour camps Speculative is itAren t the Offreds Of Fred Ofglens Of Glen Of warrens Of Warren of Gilead euivalent to the Mrs So and So s of the present reduced to the identity of their male partners Isn t the whittling down of a woman to the net worth of her reproductive organs and her outer appearance an accepted social Isn t blaming the rape victim causing her to bear the burden of unwarranted shame and social stigma a School Finance: A Policy Perspective familiar tactic employed by the defense attorneyHasn t the 21st century witnessed the Reputation fate of Savita Halappanavars who are led to their untimely deaths by inhumane laws of nations still unwilling to acknowledge the importance of the life of a mother over her yet unborn childDoesn t the 21st century have materially prosperous nations governed by absurd archaic laws which prohibit a woman Alfablot from driving a carDoesn t the world still take pleasure in terrorizing activists like Caroline Criado Perez with threats of rape and murder only because they have the audacity to campaign Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) for Heads of the Colored People female literary icons Jane Austen to become the A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults face of Britain s 10 pound noteDo I not live in a country where The Syrian Rebellion female The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road foeticide is as normal an occurrence as the rising and setting of the sunAre we still calling this speculative Lovers Destined fictionSome may wish to labour under the delusion that the women belonging to this much vaunted modern civilization of ours are not experiencing the same nightmare as Offred and are at perfect liberty to do what they desire But I will notBecause when I look carefully I notice shackles encircling my Prima che tu dica «Pronto» feet my hands my throat my womb my mind Shackles whose presence I have become so used to since the dawn of time that I no longer possess the ability to discern between willful submission and conditioned subservienceBut thankfully enough I have Margaret Atwood to jolt me back into consciousness and to will me to believe that I am chained bound and gagged That I still need to break Sweeter Than Wine free I thank her Lady Ariana for making me shudder with indignation revulsion and righteous anger I thank her Milk And Honey for causing bile to rise up my throat And I thank her Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price for The Substitute Bride forcing me to see that women of the present do live in a dystopia like Offred s United States of America We just prefer to remain blissfully blind to this The English Wife fact at times Disclaimer I mean no disrespect to the other writers mentioned in this review all of whom I have read and deeply admire

SUMMARY The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Th 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 I ve been moved by books in the past many times but I ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so Yes Ma am I said again forgetting They used to have dolls for little girls that would talk if you pulled a string at the back I thought I was sounding like that voice of a monotone voice of a doll She probably longed to slap my face They can hit us there s Scriptural precedent But not with any implement Only with their hands Needless to say this is an absolutely awful situation From the very beginning I knew how much I was going to like this book Its story isn t one that it is simply read it demands to be heard It beckoned me to see the full force of the situation The Handmaids the average woman have no free will or individualism they are treated as simple baby producing machines An oppressive regime is forced upon them and to deviate from the said standard results in a slow and agonising death There s no hope or joy for them only perpetual subjugation Indeed this is where Atwood s awe inspiringly persuasive powers reside By portraying such a bleak situation she is able to fully demonstrate what life could be like if we suddenly followed the misogynistic views of the old testament with fierce intensity Women would have no power whatsoever This would be reinforced by a complete cultural destruction and lack of any form of self expression They would not be able to read or write they would not be able to speak their minds It would even go as far as to condition them so powerfully that they completely lack the ability of independent thought And to make it even worse the women know no difference Sure the narrator of this remembers her past but she s not allowed to She is forced to repress any sense of individual sentiment But who can remember pain once it s over All that remains of it is a shadow not in the mind even in the flesh Pain marks you but too deep to see Out of sight out of mind The narrator has a horrendous ordeal in an eually as horrendous world The notion was devised as a response against a drastic decrease in birth rates Men in power have taken complete control of women in both body and mind to insure an increase in the declining birth rates As I mentioned their individualism is repressed but the men also prevent any physical freedom The women are owned by the state by the men and by corruption their bodies are nothing than a means to provide new life In this they are degraded to a state of sub human existence they are no longer people Atwood suggests that they are merely a reproductive organ one that can be discarded without thought mercy or conscience This is reinforced on every level the language delivers this on a revealing scale The names are suggestive of the oppression the protagonist is called Offred She is of Fred she belongs to him The women are assigned names that are not their own they are dubbed with the disgusting title of Handmaiden By doing so they are left with very little of their former lives The women are simply objects to be used controlled and destroyed and the slightest hint of nonconformity to such an absurd system But here s the rub The best and most haunting thing about this novel is its scary plausibilityThe culture created is evocative of one that could actually exist The way the men attempt to justify its existence is nothing short of terrifying They make it sound perfectly normal Well not normal but an idea that could be justified to a people Not that it is justifiable but the argument they present has just enough eerie resemblance to a cold logical response to make it seem probable in its misguided vileness The totalitarian elements provide an image of a people that will do endure anything if they re provided with a glimpse of liberty The small degree of liberty the Handmaids think they have doesn t actually exist it s an illusion a trick a shadow on the wall They re manipulated into believing it and become frenzied in the face of it It is the ultimate means of control in its nastiness A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere as long as it stays inside the maze This book was horrifying and strangely perceptive If you re thinking about reading this stop thinking just read it It s brilliant It s a book I will definitely be reading again because it is just so thought provoking and disturbingYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree Bhishma an Enigma frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so Yes Ma am I said again The Art of Loving forgetting They used to have dolls Jack Kerouac for little girls that would talk if you pulled a string at the back I thought I was sounding like that voice of a monotone voice of a doll She probably longed to slap my School Finance: A Policy Perspective face They can hit us there s Scriptural precedent But not with any implement Only with their hands Needless to say this is an absolutely awful situation From the very beginning I knew how much I was going to like this book Its story isn t one that it is simply read it demands to be heard It beckoned me to see the Reputation full Alfablot force of the situation The Handmaids the average woman have no Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) free will or individualism they are treated as simple baby producing machines An oppressive regime is Heads of the Colored People forced upon them and to deviate A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults from the said standard results in a slow and agonising death There s no hope or joy The Syrian Rebellion for them only perpetual subjugation Indeed this is where Atwood s awe inspiringly persuasive powers reside By portraying such a bleak situation she is able to The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road fully demonstrate what life could be like if we suddenly Lovers Destined followed the misogynistic views of the old testament with Prima che tu dica «Pronto» fierce intensity Women would have no power whatsoever This would be reinforced by a complete cultural destruction and lack of any Sweeter Than Wine form of self expression They would not be able to read or write they would not be able to speak their minds It would even go as Lady Ariana far as to condition them so powerfully that they completely lack the ability of independent thought And to make it even worse the women know no difference Sure the narrator of this remembers her past but she s not allowed to She is Milk And Honey forced to repress any sense of individual sentiment But who can remember pain once it s over All that remains of it is a shadow not in the mind even in the Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price flesh Pain marks you but too deep to see Out of sight out of mind The narrator has a horrendous ordeal in an eually as horrendous world The notion was devised as a response against a drastic decrease in birth rates Men in power have taken complete control of women in both body and mind to insure an increase in the declining birth rates As I mentioned their individualism is repressed but the men also prevent any physical The Substitute Bride freedom The women are owned by the state by the men and by corruption their bodies are nothing than a means to provide new life In this they are degraded to a state of sub human existence they are no longer people Atwood suggests that they are merely a reproductive organ one that can be discarded without thought mercy or conscience This is reinforced on every level the language delivers this on a revealing scale The names are suggestive of the oppression the protagonist is called Offred She is of Fred she belongs to him The women are assigned names that are not their own they are dubbed with the disgusting title of Handmaiden By doing so they are left with very little of their The English Wife former lives The women are simply objects to be used controlled and destroyed and the slightest hint of nonconformity to such an absurd system But here s the rub The best and most haunting thing about this novel is its scary plausibilityThe culture created is evocative of one that could actually exist The way the men attempt to justify its existence is nothing short of terrifying They make it sound perfectly normal Well not normal but an idea that could be justified to a people Not that it is justifiable but the argument they present has just enough eerie resemblance to a cold logical response to make it seem probable in its misguided vileness The totalitarian elements provide an image of a people that will do endure anything if they re provided with a glimpse of liberty The small degree of liberty the Handmaids think they have doesn t actually exist it s an illusion a trick a shadow on the wall They re manipulated into believing it and become What's Great About Puerto Rico? frenzied in the The Octopus Museum face of it It is the ultimate means of control in its nastiness A rat in a maze is Blood in the Dust free to go anywhere as long as it stays inside the maze This book was horrifying and strangely perceptive If you re thinking about reading this stop thinking just read it It s brilliant It s a book I will definitely be reading again because it is just so thought provoking and disturbingYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree

REVIEW ✓ LONDONWINCHESTERHOTEL.CO.UK × Margaret Atwood

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 mon It s been almost five years since I wrote my review I ve rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea remains the same Extremist Judeo Christian beliefs have won America s culture war Now women have no rights They are slaves to men and the biblical patriarchal society in which they live The Handmaid s Tale is the first person account of one of these enslaved womenMassachusetts Turns Into Saudi ArabiaMore than thirty years have passed since The Handmaid s Tale was first published in 1985 but many still think of it as the go to book for feminist fiction It makes numerous best of lists the kinds with 99 other books everyone should read before dying Even so The Handmaid s Tale frustrates me a lot and not only because it contains run on sentences and needlessly abandons uotation marks This is no train wreck like Jos Saramago s Blindness but it s bad enough Simply put if you can ignore whether you agree or disagree with Margaret Atwood s ideas about politics religion and women s rights the plot and setting make no senseThe religiosity of the Reagan era inspired Atwood s dystopia in which fundamentalist Christians have taken over society While that premise does give me the heebie jeebies Atwood s taken the idea to a literal extreme to make a point This ruins the foundation of The Handmaid s Tale because most American fundies would balk at this world Atwood imagines the extreme of the extreme and in the process completely misunderstands American evangelicalism I m a heathen bastard and no fan of religion Fundamentalism has hurt people particularly women for millennia Extremism continues to hurt people every day especially in some parts of the world especially in some states Even so it s hard to accept Atwood s dystopia when it s set in the US in the near future and in Massachusetts one of the most progressive states in the country one of only sixteen states in the union with state constitutional protections for abortion since 1981 I believe Massachusetts is a liberal bastion when it comes to American women s reproductive rights so it s an odd setting for this brand of nightmare In recent decades Massachusetts is also one of the least religious states so it s an odd setting for a theocracy tooAtwood chose Massachusetts for its puritanical history I can embrace the connection to the Reagan administration in the same way I can embrace Orwell s fear of communism in 1984 but to imagine an unchanging puritanical Massachusetts reuires a bit too much Societies Don t Change OvernightThe Handmaid s Tale is told in first person by a woman who s lived in our present day or less as well as in this dark fundamentalist Tomorrowland She s gone from wearing flip flops and sundresses to a full body religious habit color coded red to match her subservient role She was married once had a child Now she s another s property one of the handmaids sent from one man s house to another The hope is that she will become pregnant when a prominent man s wife cannot Her life has been flipped and made forfeit She lives in fear and depression and abuse This is meant to make me unnerved and it doesButSimply because an author wants to comment on society doesn t mean he or she can ignore important logical story elements The logic part should be emphasized here I think given this is supposed to be science fiction not fantasy Although Atwood does insist The Handmaid s Tale is speculative fiction because that further legitimizes her storyor something Never mind that sci fi and fantasy are types of speculative fictionThere s a uestion I have that never gets answered not properly at least How did this happen so uickly How did we go from burning bras to having every part of our lives regulated Why did it take Massachusetts decades centuries to reject puritanism but only a few years to reject liberalismRights can erode but you don t see it happen on such a large scale and so seamlessly and not overnight Nothing happens overnight especially not governmental takeovers in relatively stable secular societies which is the book s scenario Societies evolve one way or another usually rather slowly Civil moral and regime changes don t sneak up on you It wasn t the case in Germany before Hitler in China before Mao in Afghanistan before the Taliban in Syria before its civil war It s not the case in 2016 with people like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump leading in GOP primary polls The world may be disappointing and horrible sometimes but it is rarely surprisingIf Atwood had built her dystopia on a chain of events that occurred over a longer period of time or explained how everything unraveled so uickly I might have been on board with the premise That isn t how The Handmaid s Tale is written though The explanations for the sudden changes are fantastical at best dependent on evil digitized money be careful with the mobile payments and bitcoins ladies and misogynistic conservative conspiracies that readers are to believe could bring millions of people to a stupefied halt and change culture in the blink of an eye view spoilerApparently it s easy to gun down all of Congress while it s in session Who knew hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Handmaid's Tale

  1. says:

    It's been almost five years since I wrote my review I've rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea

  2. says:

    52219Looking back on my original review it reads as uaint compared to the draconian state laws recently being passed my state of Ohio being one of them Make no mistake this not about ‘life’ it’s about controlling women If you can’t decide what happens to your own body you do not have freedom This is about

  3. says:

    I guess Atwood doesn't believe in uotation marks I don't think I've ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character It took me uite a while to get used to that type of style of writing I had to go back and re read sentences again and again which doesn't really lend itse

  4. says:

    I’ve been moved by books in the past many times but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so “Yes Ma’am I said again forgetting They used to have dolls for little girls that

  5. says:

    There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way In a way that I always try to put into words and always ultimately fail I have read a lot of books over the years and I've liked many disliked plenty too loved and hated a smaller amount but out of the thousands I've read there's less than ten maybe even less than five now I think about it that honestly hit me so hard that I would go

  6. says:

    edited from a paper I wrote in college about the bookIn 1986 when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale Ronald

  7. says:

    Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning The dystopian future she describes in Gilead which appears to be centered in Boston due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem is ch

  8. says:

    Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider

  9. says:

    I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come Fruitlessly Outside the rain is whipping the w

  10. says:

    What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel It doesn't feel dated or far fetched at all thanks to President TrumpClaire Danes is a pretty good match for this narrativeOriginal reviewImagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under the guise of protection from Islamic terrorism Imagine the future where the roles of the women reduced to those assigned to them in Old Testament they are no longer allow

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