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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Jun 03, 07

it was amazing
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Read in September, 2002

I put off writing a review for this book for a looooong time because this book is so intensely meaningful for me. Not exaggerating at all, here: this book completely revolutionized my expectations for literature. This book, along with Camus' The Stranger, is responsible for my adult literary awakening.

Atwood's writing style is unique, and I imagine there might be people out there who don't like it, but I LOVE IT! Her style is somehow dry, complex, blunt, and intense, all at the same time. She uses repetition in such interesting ways, like a composer, with slight variations to really emphasize ideas.

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