The Handmaid's Tale -BOOKRAY
20 journalers for this copy...
This book is going out on a bookray journey this week. The members are:
gawdess (Maine, USA)
zmrzlina (Massachusetts, USA)
carlissa (Florida, USA)
pchemphd (Florida, USA)
Sherria (Connecticut, USA )
gategrl (Connecticut, USA)
Please journal the book as soon as you get it and PM the next person after you for their address, so you would have it available. Then read it as soon as possible - preferably within 3 weeks, and send it on, and post/edit a journal entry that it is traveling on. Enjoy! :)
If you want to join this bookray while it's already traveling, you may be added at the end of the list if you are willing to mail internationally or pay for international shipping to you if the last member is unable to do so.
Sent to Gawdess in Maine as part of a bookray. Enjoy!
This book was amazing. It brought out every feminazi feeling I have ever had multiplied by ten. I know I will never think twice about standing up for women's rights. I think the book explored some deeper meanings to life as well. Perhaps that although we are sexual beings and it is a part of our need as humans, deep down what we need most is intimacy and love...Anyhow enough deep though for this morning. A wonderful book , glad I signed up for this ring. I will email zmrzlina for addy info!
Sending on....A wonderful read...I read it twice
10/7/03: I read the first few chapters, but I really couldn't get into this book. Will be sending it off today.
I have one other bookring book to read then I'll read this one. I look forward to it.
The first thing I want to do before saying what I thought of the story is to type in the descriptive blurb from the back cover:
"Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now ...
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force."
End of blurb. Now my opinion:
Okay, I'd like to have a chance to talk with whoever the idiot is who wrote that blurb! I did not see one trace of humour in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think it was very well written, interesting, horrifying in parts, and an all around great book ... BUT ... it wasn't FUNNY! I also did not recognize any satire as I know it.
I'll definitely recommend this book to others. I sincerely appreciate being on this bookring and I'll mail this book on to Sherria within the next couple of days.
I've read several Atwood novels, and while I don't lover her writing style, her stories suck me in. Her characters are so well developed, and wonderfully human that I feel like I know them, and struggle along with them throughout the stories. This story in particular always grabs me - the movie as well as the book - the possibility that this could happen is vaguely frightening. The ending in particular always seems appropriate to me - no closure, no way of knowing what happened to the narrator, just as would seem natural in such unsure times.
This book is definitely worth sharing! Waiting to hear from nelka35 as to how she wants it to carry on, since the last two participants in the ray have gotten copies of their own since signing up.
Update: I'm offering this book up for a new bookray if anyone is interested. Please PM me.
I'm happy to add new participants if anyone else is interested, but please be willing to ship anywhere. I'll try to accomodate your preferences, but it's not always possible.
Please journal or PM me when you receive the book as well as when you send it out, so I have an idea of where it is. Also, please journal your thoughts after reading it.
When you're ready to ship it to the next person, PM for his/her address. If you get no response, please try a couple of times, as sometimes PM's don't get through. If you still can't contact the person, let me know and PM the next on the list.
I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful Atwood novel! Thanks for participating.
I screwed up and put this book in the wrong envelope. It accidentally went to Europe instead of Canada. Sorry! The BXer said she will send it to KarinAlyssa when it arrives. *sigh* That's what I get for doing mass mailings in a rush.
Got this book by a mistake ;0) in the mail. I'll be sending it on to KarinAlyssa as soon as possible as however tempted I am to pick up the book I just don't have the time for reading it this time :0/
I hope you all enjoy the book though ;0)
it's really elaborate and English isn't my first language. But, this one
was totally different.
It made me think of Georges Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Animal Farm but it was different. She created a world where women have no rights, where everyone is in a cast: Wifes, Econowifes, Marthas, Handmaids, Aunts, Unwomen, Daughters and then you have the male world with Commanders, Angels, Guardians, etc. It is a scary world, but even worse when you think that it comes from the Bible, maybe one day, the world would be like that, who knows? ?? Being Catholic and having read the Bible, I knew that some of the things said in the Tale was written in the Bible, but never in my life I would have thought that people could really take it litteraly especially not in our days.
Offred as she is now known touched me profoundly. I like her ordinary life and the way she explains how everything happened. All those terrible things seems almost normal for her after a while. This book saddened me, but her story will probably stay with me for a long time.
Thank you nelka to share this book and Sherria to keep it as a ray. I'm mailing it tonight to mysteryfan03
Where to begin? I recently finished another Atwood book, Oryx & Crake, and mentioned in my notes that it was like a social critique blown all out of proportion to the point where it was so out of touch with reality that the satire was lost in the exaggeration. Handmaid's Tale is the exact same kind of social critique, but done *exactly* right. It's just the right tone to chill you, make you smile wryly, raise your ire, and make you think long and hard about how closely the book skirts the line between fact and fiction.
Given the current state of world affairs, this book was doubly frightening.
Quickly passing on to vicki9170 before I hoard it any longer :)
Atwood writes the kind of stories that you feel you can crawl into, roll yourself up in the story and the character's world, and are completely obsessed with until it's finished! This one is one of those! So good. Such an enjoyable read.
This particular copy is so well loved, and read-worn! So fitting for the novel.
I love the way Atwood throws you bits of what is happening, enough to get your mind racing, and hanging to read on to find out how it all come about, and how it all works. And then to see what happens. Hanging on every word - not all authors can create that!
The themes in this tale are so rich - equality: the fear and exploration of what could happen if it was lost, sexuality and love, getting by, and doing what you can to get by. Loss. Fertility. There is so much here.
Atwood does it so well. I never want her books to end!
Well, what can I say... I actually found the book quite scary because I didn't think that the concept was that far fetched. I could see the events in the book happening in a country quite easily. I think that the book is very much a cautionary tale as to what can happen when a state inposes a religion (or any set of beliefs, such as communism, capitalism, or fascism) on such a fundamental level that the rights of almost everyone except the very elite few are lost.
As to the style of the writing, I quite enjoyed the almost dreamy quality to the writing. It had an air of nostalgia and remembrance to it that I liked. I wanted to comment on the ending but I decided not to as it may be noticed by people planning to read the book in the future and I don't want to spoil their enjoyment of the book. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the ending as well as the rest of the book.
I have decided to offer this book up as a bookray. Anyone who is interested please PM me. I will also offer it up formally on the bookring/bookray forum.
Please journal the book when you receive it and PM the next person for their address. Anyone who wants to join can still be added. Enjoy!
Stories like this captivate me because I enjoy piecing together parts of the story to find out what happened. What totally gave me chills about this story was when she found her bank account was frozen and her husband would control her money. That seems so...possible or something to me. I could totally feel the panic that would set in if someone told me that was happening to me.
Anyway, an incredible book, and as another poster said, I'll defiantly take more of a stand on women's rights from now on!
Finally heard from pashmack; turns out they are powerless/waterless due to hurricane Wilma! Will be sending the book there this week!
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Sent along to continue the ray!
This will go out in Monday's mail to maatkare.
Will post when I'm done!
I tried to track the book through USPS but all it will tell me is that it left the country. Hopefully the next person will get it soon.
Apologies again about the wait!
Will go off to chrisim in Finland early next week.
Thanks so much for sharing this book! I loved it and couldn't put it down. Putting all the clues together in step by step to find out what had happened and what will happen to Offred was so intriguing. I only wish the story had continued more. Atwood really has charm in her writing style.
I'll contact teacher-trudy and send the book ahead.
I'm not sure what I'll do with the book next, but it is likely that I'll release it at the hospital with JJsBooksProject for Australia's Greatest One Day Release.
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EDIT: Given to my sister to give to Mossy81 instead.