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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Dec 17, 09

bookshelves: dystopia, literature, realistic-fiction, belton, favorites
Read in January, 2001

I have read this book twice because the idea of it both intrigues and horrifies me. I wish I could definitively say that this kind of societal change is impossible in this day and age, but there are fundamentalists of several faiths that see women this way. It really isn't that big of a leap to take control of women's lives and procreation ability. This is like Brave New World in that it is warning as well as a piece of fiction. We have to be vigilant in order to prevent radical groups from overwhelming the reasonable majority. The narrator even states that there was a length of time as the society was making the change that she wasn't worried because it wasn't effecting her too much. She lost her job, all her money went into her husband's name and yet she didn't become concerned until later.
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