I am here to talk to you about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This book blew me out of the water. It was not a book that I had expected to enjoy as much as I did. The story follows a woman named Offred during her journey of becoming a handmaiden and her experiences being one. It takes you through what her life was life before she was a handmaiden which was interesting.
The historical notes at the end of the book suggest that the story took place either in the 80’s or 90’s. I am not entirely sure though you do see a lot of references to the 80’s throughout the novel. She was a normal woman before things basically went to crap. She had a job, a family, a best friend, and she had a terrible smoking habit.
The story evokes a kind of emotion out of you that you don’t realize you have. I had such a connection with Offred because she just wanted to go back to her old life yet she knew she had to behave. Overall, I really enjoyed this story especially for a dystopian classic. I feel like Margaret Atwood did a wonderful job creating a world that feels almost too real. There were a lot of moments where I made connections to what was going on in the story to real life. If you are a fan of 1984 then you should definitely give this book a shot.
“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
Rating: 4/5 Stars | Read March 2nd – April 7th
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…