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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Sep 03, 12

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Read in September, 2012

First published in 1985, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is remarkably prescient. Her description of how the society of our heroine, Offred (her real name is never revealed in the novel), came to be is chillingly possible in many respects. Unlike many dystopian novels that I've read, where the society is solidly in place at the start of the novel, in The Handmaid's Tale, the transition is still underway. Also unlike many dystopian novels that I've read, this one gave me a sense of real danger for the people in the story, an aching for the loss of the life Offred once had (especially sad were her memories of her young daughter who was taken from her), and a real sense of dread of this new world. Highly recommended.
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