The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

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 Ha 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 t...

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Title:The Handmaid's Tale
Author:Margaret Atwood
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Handmaid's Tale
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:311 pages pages

The Handmaid's Tale Reviews

  • Nathan
    Jul 09, 2007

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

  • Victoria
    Jun 07, 2007

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

  • Jennifer
    Nov 29, 2007

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

  • Dan Schwent
    Feb 04, 2008

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

    ??????? ??? ?????? ??????,?????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ????????? ?? ????? ?????,???????????? ??? ?????????? ...

    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...

    ?A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.? This was my first adult dystopian novel and also the most realistic one I've read. Scary realistic even. I doubt that the future is ever going to look like this, but Margaret Atwood painted a multi-la...

    In the near future, the rights of women have been stripped away and the fertile ones become Handmaids and are assigned to upper class men. Offred remembers the time before and knows there must be a way out of the hell men have created... Once upon a time, I dated a woman whose favor...

  • Fabian
    Feb 16, 2009

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    Apr 15, 2008

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

  • Tatiana
    Nov 27, 2009

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

  • Pollopicu
    Nov 25, 2009

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Jul 16, 2009

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

    ??????? ??? ?????? ??????,?????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ????????? ?? ????? ?????,???????????? ??? ?????????? ...

    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...

    ?A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.? This was my first adult dystopian novel and also the most realistic one I've read. Scary realistic even. I doubt that the future is ever going to look like this, but Margaret Atwood painted a multi-la...

    In the near future, the rights of women have been stripped away and the fertile ones become Handmaids and are assigned to upper class men. Offred remembers the time before and knows there must be a way out of the hell men have created... Once upon a time, I dated a woman whose favor...

    My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--continues with The Handmaid's Tale...

    ?Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse for some.? What a powerful and frightening dystopia! The Handmaid?s Tale has been on my radar for a long time, having recently watched the television series adaption I got around to reading it, and it was...

    THIS BOOKS ABOUT ORGIES AND PEOPLE WHO LIKE ORGIES AND SOME PEOPLE WHO H8 ORGIES. ...

  • Kate
    Apr 13, 2011

    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 socie...

  • Emily May
    Dec 05, 2010

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

  • Lyn
    Mar 05, 2012

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

  • Simona Bartolotta
    Dec 08, 2015

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

  • Luffy
    Sep 21, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

    ??????? ??? ?????? ??????,?????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ????????? ?? ????? ?????,???????????? ??? ?????????? ...

    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...

  • Matthias
    Oct 13, 2016

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

  • Megan Johnson
    Jun 16, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

  • Samadrita
    Oct 06, 2012

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

  • Charlotte May
    Oct 15, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

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    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...

    ?A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.? This was my first adult dystopian novel and also the most realistic one I've read. Scary realistic even. I doubt that the future is ever going to look like this, but Margaret Atwood painted a multi-la...

    In the near future, the rights of women have been stripped away and the fertile ones become Handmaids and are assigned to upper class men. Offred remembers the time before and knows there must be a way out of the hell men have created... Once upon a time, I dated a woman whose favor...

    My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--continues with The Handmaid's Tale...

    ?Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse for some.? What a powerful and frightening dystopia! The Handmaid?s Tale has been on my radar for a long time, having recently watched the television series adaption I got around to reading it, and it was...

  • Matthew
    Nov 09, 2016

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

  • Candace
    Apr 17, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

  • María
    Mar 19, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

  • Navessa
    Feb 27, 2015

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
    May 26, 2016

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

    ??????? ??? ?????? ??????,?????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ????????? ?? ????? ?????,???????????? ??? ?????????? ...

  • Adina
    Apr 20, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

  • Joe Valdez
    Jan 22, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

    ??????? ??? ?????? ??????,?????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ????????? ?? ????? ?????,???????????? ??? ?????????? ...

    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...

    ?A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.? This was my first adult dystopian novel and also the most realistic one I've read. Scary realistic even. I doubt that the future is ever going to look like this, but Margaret Atwood painted a multi-la...

    In the near future, the rights of women have been stripped away and the fertile ones become Handmaids and are assigned to upper class men. Offred remembers the time before and knows there must be a way out of the hell men have created... Once upon a time, I dated a woman whose favor...

    My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--continues with The Handmaid's Tale...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 19, 2016

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

  • Lisa
    Jun 24, 2014

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

  • Kai
    May 10, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

    ??????? ??? ?????? ??????,?????? ??????????????? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ???? ???????? ? ????? ????????? ?? ????? ?????,???????????? ??? ?????????? ...

    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...

    Offred is a frightening character. The future where she lives is dystopian, but the word doesn't do justice to this book's plot. Among all the dystopian fictions I've read...e.g Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Olivier, or going back even more, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham,...

    ?A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.? This was my first adult dystopian novel and also the most realistic one I've read. Scary realistic even. I doubt that the future is ever going to look like this, but Margaret Atwood painted a multi-la...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Mar 17, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

  • Elizabeth Sagan
    Oct 05, 2017

    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 socie...

    7/7/17 I'm just going to leave this here.... fuck Paul Ryan.... but not literally, ew. Sleeveless women? My stars and garters! 03/31/17. So, this Russia thing.... Am I right? 2/5/17.....just another giant step towards making this book a reality, like they always dreamed of. ...

    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 sentences aga...

    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... b...

    (edited from a paper I wrote in college about the book) In 1986, when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid?s Tale, Ronald Regan had declared ?Morning in America,? and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values. The Christian right, in its infancy at the...

    Anyone else loving the television adaptation at the moment? Sure, they?ve played around with the plot a little and padded a few things out, but I think they?ve captured the essence of this book in all its brutal reality. Certainly, worth a watch! Book Review I?ve be...

    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 ca...

    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 diatr...

    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 review Imagine the near future where power is overtaken by the religious right under ...

    I. Night I 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 t...

    A true dystopian classic. This is incredibly well written, & I think that is why it's fan base is so enormous & faithful. It made Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years." The account reminds me of, and is probably written trying to somehow emulate, "T...

    After reading 'The Handmaid's Tale', I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying. The story centers on the h...

    Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writing. Good writers put their words together for a calculated effect, but Atwood's words aren't just calculated-- they're contrived. In a g...

    Don't let the bastards grind you down. There's a lot of talk about women's rights these days. There were times where I thought: enough already. You girls got it good. I looked around me and saw women with strong voices and a million choices. If they wished to go for a career, they...

    The Handmaid?s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant, endearing, scary as hell book. Told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail, Atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the United States has been transformed through military coup into a totalitari...

    Terrifying! But SO good! Update in Year One ... No .... It's Already Year Two ... Terrible Two ... Of Dystopia: As long as you are allowed and capable to read, please do read this novel! In an era when politicians in the Western world are not ashamed to refer to pregnant women a...

    I don't even know where to start with this book?? I was not able to connect with the Characters in the book at all. It was a task to completely finish this book at all. I know I am in the minority, but I don't know what all the hype was with this book. I think that Atwood was lon...

    I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can't. Because I'm so emotionally drained after reading it that it's a miracle I'm not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing. This is by no means an easy read, but I think it's a book that everyone needs to r...

    EDIT 02/06/2016: Lowering the rating to two. I finished it more than a week ago and now I realized I haven't thought of it once. It really left me nothing. "Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some." I used to think of my reading taste as p...

    The Handmaid's Tale portrays a terrifying but very real and possible dystopia. At first, it's difficult to tell what exactly is going on in the handmaid's world, although her spare narration is filled with a deep sense of fear and danger. It's challenging but exciting to try to make se...

    An interesting book to read right now for a couple of reasons. One, I just finished 1984 and it was very much a world like the one in 1984. Two, the storyline closely reflects the fears of the current political climate in America. It is hard to say that a story like this is "great" ...

    Tan duro que no podía leer más de diez páginas diarias. Era incapaz. P.D Si no hubiese machitos escocíos con este libro, entonces significaría que Margaret no lo hizo bien. ...

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    If 1984 is the father, The Handmaid?s Tale is the mother. They are both in the same category and yet they are different. The Handmaid?s Tale is more... feminine. It revolves around Offred?s drama, unlike 1984, which revolves more around the ideology (more like a battle between Wi...