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Publisher: Anchor Books
Page Count: 311
Fiction Genre: Classic, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Feminism, Fantasy
Dates Read: January 7-11, 2016
Reading Challenge: 2016 Topic Discard Challenge
Topic: A book banned in your country
Good Reads 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.
This is just crazy! It's crazy because in some conservative corner of Texas (or any part of the southern U.S.), I could actually see this being the future. It terrifies me. The amount of people (mostly men) who want to regulate a woman's body is something that is easy to overlook on a daily basis. When an author creates an entire dystopian society based around this idea, it is difficult not to see how easily regulations can get out of hand. Atwood perfectly creates a world of fear within the reader; a world without the basic privileges we know. She creates strong characters that stay with the read long after the page has been closed. The one critique I have about the book is that the pacing was a little slow for my taste. The story seemed to drag on, but it was a good story. it reminded me of reading a really great classic. You can't speed through it, but you know it's worth it in the end.
Though I have a lot of praise for this book, one thing this book makes me wonder about is Atwood's feelings toward men as a whole. Atwood, as an author seems to have a lot of strong negative feelings towards the male population, and it comes out strongly in her writing. I do not know if this is a factual thing, or just a weird vibe I was getting as I was reading this book. These strong feelings did not distract from the quality of the story, at least not for me, but it is something I wonder about.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 7
Insightfulness - 8
Ease of Reading - 7
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5 stars