- The Handmaid's Tale
- Margaret Atwood
- 16 March 2019 Margaret Atwood
ë 05A6C456 ↠´ Book è The Handmaid's Tale Ö Margaret Atwood 80DE57AB 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 windows without mercy My husband is sleeping next to me, oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid s Tale and its effect on me I knew I should have resumed myself to the self imposed daily quota of 10% But no I had to read the last 30 % in one go and now I can t sleep because of it It s like a shot of caffeine to my veins How can I review such a book How can I explain how I feel I don t even know I can t say I enjoyed it I was both dreading and expecting to open the pages I wanted it to be over, like I want a punishment to be over It made me choke I was uncomfortable and 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 windows without mercy My husband is sleeping next to me, oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid s Tale and its effect on me I knew I should have resumed myself to the self imposed daily quota of 10% But no I had to read The Handmaid's Tale the last 30 % in one go and now I can t sleep because of it It s like a shot of caffeine to my veins How can I review such a book The Handmaid's Tale How can I explain how I feel I don t even know I can t say I enjoyed it I was both dreading and expecting to open the pages I wanted it to be over, like I want a punishment to be over It made me choke I was uncomfortable and in pain the whole 312 pages However, I was also in awe to the power and poetry of Atwood s writing The last novel they m There are only a small handful of books The Handmaid's Tale 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 The Handmaid's Tale a lot of books The Handmaid's Tale 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 so far as to say they changed me The Handmaid s Tale is a book The Handmaid's Tale that changed my life.
I know, I know, big dramatic statement to make I hear you And normally I wouldn t say that, even about books The Handmaid's Tale I give five glowing stars but with this book The Handmaid's Tale it is nothing short of the truth This book The Handmaid's Tale was the spark that turned me into a feminist I guess Atwood doesn t believe in quotation 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 quite a while to get used to that type of style of writing I had to go back and re read The Handmaid's Tale sentences again and again, which doesn t really lend itself to a relaxing reading experience, and it slowed me down quite a bit.
First 100 pages Really annoying.
why well because I felt like a juicy bone was being waved in front of my face Like when someone asks you, guess which celebrity died today and you ask, who and they say, well why don t you guess and you answer I don t know, I give up, just tell me , and this keeps going back and forth, back and forth, and finally you just want to say, forget it, it s not even worth I ve been moved by books The Handmaid's Tale in the past, many times, but I ve never before read The Handmaid's Tale a book The Handmaid's Tale 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 The Handmaid's Tale Its story isn t one that it is simply read The Handmaid's Tale 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 individualis 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 chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories Martha for housework and cooking, Jezebels easy to guess, right , Eyes, Angels soldiers for the state , infertile Wives and potentially fertile Handmaids It is beautifully written with lots of flashbacks of Offred ,the protagonist s name, of how things devolved into the horrors of her present It is disturbing because it exposes the politics of reproduction and male sexuality taken to extremes of violence that are shocking and, yet, probably seemed one possible future du
Instead, 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 truth.
Move over Bram Stoker Move over H.
P 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 t 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 Trump.
Claire Danes is a pretty good match for this narrative.
original The Handmaid's Tale book The Handmaid's Tale Rating 4.5 Pages 344 ë Margaret Atwood 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 allowed to read, work, own property, or handle money Imagine that due to the pollution and man created viruses, the fertility rates are so low that the few fertile women the Handmaids are now a communal property and are moved from house to house to be inseminated by men of power under the watchful eye of their wives Imagine the future where women can only be the Wives, domestics the Marthas , sexual toys the Jezebels , female prison guards the A
horrible birth defects.
you re young, single and not ready.
you have five kids and can t afford , it doesn t matter This is a medical procedure and pregnancy is a risky condition, it can cause death Every woman has the right to decide whether or not they want to take that risk Period.
Men don t have anything that compa 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 The Handmaid's Tale 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, book The Handmaid's Tale è The Handmaid's Tale Ö Margaret Atwood 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 back cover