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message 1: by Catherine (new)

Catherine this book just plain scares me.

message 2: by Navessa (new)

Navessa So far, I'm pretty horrified.

message 3: by Carole (new)

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books) I have been meaning to read this for a long time. Hopefully, I can get to it soon.

message 4: by Navessa (new)

Navessa Just...prepare yourself. I've never had a book make this big of an impact on me. I feel legitimately depressed right now.

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* those were my thoughts about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. took me a month to get through it and I was so drained by the time I finished, but holy crap is it an important book.

message 6: by Carole (new)

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books) I have heard that before which is why I have put it off for so long. I bought this book years ago.

message 7: by Navessa (new)

Navessa @ Ashley: Exactly.

@ Carole: Yup, I put it off for the same. But then I finally felt prepared for it. I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR IT.

Melissa (Ever So Mela) Awesomeness!!

message 9: by Mike (new)

Mike Well, looks like Atwood got her desired response out of you (and me too). We just need to remind folks this book is a warning, not a how-to guide.

message 10: by Christy (new)

Christy Had to read it in high school English. I think it was because it was an Honors English class (so not everyone had to read it). Could be wrong. Can't remember that far back.

message 11: by Lara (new)

Lara My sentiments exactly. It's right up there with 1984--"This is a horrible, painful, agonizing book, and you should read it." Very hard to explain that.

message 12: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Blythe I love this book, but it's been forever since I've read it. Time for a reread.

message 13: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Andrea wrote: "I love this book, but it's been forever since I've read it. Time for a reread."

yeah, me too. i don't really remeber details. i read it in high school and i put Margaret on my "authors i like to read" list. so it must have been good.

Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Short and to the point! I was horrified reading this... simply horrified. I still am actually.

message 15: by Christy (last edited Mar 03, 2015 05:19PM) (new)

Christy This book hit me but not as deeply (maybe viscerally is a more accurate description). The way you describe it though reminds me of my reaction to the casual nonchalance of "Schindler's List" about an hour in. I was 12 and seeing it when it first came out in theatres. I almost ran out but made myself stick it out because I knew it was important. I took a Holocaust seminar in college, and we went to France, Germany, and Austria. You have to be desensitized, but it was finally watching a documentary with first-person accounts of the Nazis coming into the maternity area of a Jewish hospital and them killing the doctors/nurses, flinging the newborns out the windows, and chasing down a "freshly-sutured" (I remember the wording, or at least the conveyance of the wording) C-section patient. She made it all the way to a bridge before they killed her. So, not the same reaction to the work, but I think I get the impact. Different demons, same Hell.

message 16: by Navessa (new)

Navessa It's funny you mention that. I almost compared this to Night, because it had the same kind of impact on me as that did when I first read it at thirteen.

✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) Atwood = greatness.

I wanted to thank you because your reading this prompted me to pick up The Penelopiad which I'd wanted to read for years. And it's given me hope in books again;)

message 18: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa J. I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, but uhh, I still haven't read it.

message 19: by Navessa (new)

Navessa @ Sarah: Don't know how I missed your comment. Happy to inspire! I'll have to add ALL HER BOOKS to my TBR.

@ Vane: I don't blame you. I'm still in a slump because of this.

message 20: by Manvir (new)

Manvir Just finished it right now, well half an hour ago, it is 3:26 am and I can't shut my eyes, I don't know if I should cry, perhaps feel joy, I don't know, oh lord books never emotionally entangle me in this way, EVER! Amazing, Amazing book, one of the best I have ever read.

message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was an captivating dystopian novel which takes place in the futuristic Republic of Gilead. While experiencing the endeavors of a Handmaid named Offred the novel has some fast moving parts but also contained more slow paced portions that some could find difficult to stay interested throughout. Atwood’s writing style is very descriptive which lead to a very in depth understanding of the setting, society, as well as the characters. This helps to understand the motives and choices of the characters and how it will affect themselves and others. However sometimes the writing becomes too flowery and the point of the message becomes murky or less clear. Overall the book contained many messages and alternate meanings that help to make the book alluring. It indepthly explores the ideas of abuse of power, injustice, as well as the oppression of women through the portrayal of females as strictly reproductional objects which I personally found repelling. This book would appeal to many ages groups and types of people from teenagers to adults because of its distinguished themes, riveting plot, compelling adventures, and relatable character

message 22: by Mande (new)

Mande Peer I started having serious trouble when she'd remember her daughter. I mean I'm gutted

message 23: by Sharon (new)

Sharon An accurate reviews she writes as she grabs another box of tissues

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message 25: by Janeth (new)

Janeth very agreeable, the fact that the handmaids are given off to men...who aren't even their partners just for procreation is disturbing. A society clearly made by men with no clear rights for the women.

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