The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)

by Margaret Eleanor Atwood | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099740915 Global Overview for this book
Registered by nordie of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 9/8/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by nordie from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Journal Entry 2 by Katweeble at Wolverhampton, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, March 23, 2013
Caught at the March 2013 Bookcrossing Birmingham meeting - not sure when it will re- emerge at the top of mount TBR

Released 6 yrs ago (3/23/2013 UTC) at Yorks Bakery Cafe - Newhall street in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by Katweeble at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 27, 2014
This is quite a disturbing book about an alternative time in America when a profoundly religious group takes over. It is not clear if it is all of America or only part of the East Coast that is affected. Life becomes very different with women not allowed to have jobs, and to only have a limited range of roles. Wife, housekeeper (all called Martha's) , house servant, aunt or hand maiden. The role of the Hand maiden is to bear children for people who were influential enough to have a hand maiden allocated to them. The act of procreation is done in a very ritualistic way with the wife included - and the Wife is part of the birth process if there is birth. The story is told by one of these handmaidens - who is called Offred because the man she is allocated to is called Fred! It is disturbing because it is believable that people could be influenced to start living in this way - in this case it is because of very poor birth rates.
It is written with references to slavery as there is a volunteer group in place to help people who don't agree escape- very much like the slave railroads.

Journal Entry 5 by Katweeble at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 10, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (11/10/2014 UTC) at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom

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Posting as a RABCK. I hope you enjoy the book and I look forward to seeing where it goes after you release it.

Journal Entry 6 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Monday, November 17, 2014
I just took this book out of my letterbox. Thank you, Katweebie!
It was accompagnied by a wonderful card which colors cried "Christmas!", but whose theme reminds me of my childhood in Germany. Thank you again, Katweebie, for all those great gifts!

Journal Entry 7 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, February 07, 2015
I cannot say I did like the read. I didn't like the style from the beginning and especially at the beginning the lack of things happening. It may be a device to underline the atmosphere of the story, but still I had trouble to keep reading.
On the other hand, the book raises some issues, namely how people react (or rather not) when changes are happening. Like Katweeble said: "It is disturbing because it is believable that people could be influenced to start living in this way.". This way or something similar, anyway.

So the read is thought-provoking, but I didn't appreciate the story beyond this aspect, unfortunately.

I'll try to move the book rapidly on its way on.

Journal Entry 8 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Métro Châtelet in Paris, Ile-de-France France on Monday, February 16, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (2/16/2015 UTC) at Métro Châtelet in Paris, Ile-de-France France

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A Châtelet-les-Halles sur un boîtier en début de quai du RER A.

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