Friday, September 21, 2012
Review: The Handmaid's Tale
By Margaret Atwood
Genre Adult dystopian
Recommended by Book Club
First sentence We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
As a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, Offred lives her life quite differently then she once did. She used to have a husband and child, now she has neither. Woman are no longer allowed to read or own property. Her entire existence depends on getting pregnant by the Commander. She should forget her past, she should accept her fate, but can she?
What it has going for it
I've wanted to read this one for along time based on its popularity and synopsis. When my book club decided to read it I was excited to finally be getting to it. I'm not sure what I was expecting but what I got wasn't it. But I'm trying to say nice things...um, the writing was disjointed and eerie yet wonderful in its way. It wasn't particularly hard to read and I liked the tiny but beautiful message of love...um, yeah, that's about it.
Truthfully I just didn't like this one because it was way too disturbing at first and then just plain depressing. I hated that there were things that were never explained about the world and how it really came to be and how things worked. I felt like the author just ignored those things because she just wanted an excuse to write about the way woman are used and how we could be used. But mainly I just hated that I had no freaking idea what the author was really trying to say and why she even bothered in the first place. Ugh, I can't even say anything more without being attacked so I'll just shut up now. I'll just end by saying I wasn't impressed....at all.
I liked the glimpses into the past but that's probably just because the future in the book was so bleak.
Yea or Nay
I'm finding that, once again, (surprise, surprise) I'm in the minority in my dislike so, yeah, go ahead and read it. And when you love it will you please tell me why? Why the heck did you like it!?