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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Aug 22, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 52-in-2010
Read from August 22 to 25, 2010

This novel falls into the same category as 1984 or Brave New World - a dystopian future that is terrifying because of it's similarities to our own society. After a fanatical religious regime overthrows the government in the mid-1980's, the US is quickly transformed into an oppressive theocratic police state. Not only is citizenship taken away from women, but almost all of their rights as humans.

The feminist themes set this apart from other dystopian novels, but the more basic underlying theme is anti-fundamentalism. I suppose that many people would read it as anti-Christian, since the society is in fact Christian, but the book's stance is against extremism in any form. This even applies to extreme feminism, as we learn about extremist feminist groups siding with the religious right against pornography (which I believe actually happened).

So basically, everyone needs to take a chill pill. This is one of the most frightening books I've read in a while, because honestly it's pretty easy to imagine something similar happening in reality.
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message 1: by Paul (new) - added it

Paul One person's horrible dystopian future is another one's current party platform. :snap:

message 2: by M. (new)

M. Milner Atwood's a really great writer. Up here she's a national treasure, so it's cool to see her stuff getting read in the States.

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