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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Aug 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-on-kindle
Read in August, 2012

Full of suspense. Hard to put down. Science fiction yet realistic.

The novel is set in a futuristic society where women are divided into specific groups, each group with a specific duty or responsibility. Offred, the main character, is a Handmaid, and her chief job is to bear children for the Wife. In addition to Wife and Handmaid, a women in this society could be a Daughter, an Aunt, a Martha, an Econowife, an Unwoman, or a Jezebel.

Atwood's descriptions are clever. She draws on cultural, governmental, and Christian motifs and when I took time to digest them, found them to be as scary to consider as they were entertaining.

I don't know why I just learned about this book -- it was published in 1985 -- but I'm glad I did. I doubt I'd appreciated it or its message at that point in my life.


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