The Handmaid's Tale
3 journalers for this copy...
Written by the author of "Surfacing", "The Edible Woman", "Dancing Girls", "Bodily Harm", "Bluebeard's Egg" and "Life Before Man", this novel is set in an overtly political territory.
As disturbing as (if not more than) Brave New World. The only heartening thing about it is the resistance to this regime.
Good read though.
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I’ve been recording the new TV show starring Elizabeth Moss and my wife really wants to watch it. I’ve said I would but I wanted to read the novel first before so I could make a comparison, it was at that point that I removed it from the shelf and dusted it down.
I haven’t read the blurb or anything else about it so this morning after reading the first three chapters I had no idea where or when it is set, what it was about or any inclination of where it might go. I’ve heard people mention it’s depressing but that’s about it.
Anyway without further ado I’ve embarked on this journey and will update as I go along.
An interesting yet very disturbing "alternative" future, obliviously a little dated due to the advancement in technologies that we've seen since the publication of the novel.
I'm very interested to see how they've adapted this to the TV screen.
Anyway passed this onto KT-J to read now.
I thought this book was fantastic - a great premise (albeit very bleak and depressing in many respects as it's a dystopian novel) and then also written from the perspective of Offred as a potentially unreliable narrator but compellingly taking you through the background of how the current society has come about and what that entails for her and other handmaids in their current daily lives.
Really worth reading and I'll be interested to read the sequel The Testaments when it comes out later this year to see if that comes up to the same standard and has the same impact.