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  1. says:

    It's been almost five years since I wrote my review I've rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea remains the same Extremist Judeo Christian beliefs have won America's culture war Now women have no rights They

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    52219Looking back on my original review it reads as uaint compared to the draconian state laws recently being pas

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    I guess Atwood doesn't believe in uotation marks I don't think I've ever come across a novel yet in which there is no distinction between the narrator and the character It took me uite a while to get used to that type of style of w

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    I’ve been moved by books in the past many times but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so “Yes Ma’am I said again forgetting They used to have dolls for little girls that w

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    There are only a small handful of books that have affected me in a REALLY personal way In a way that I always try to put into words and always ultimately fail I have read a lot of books over the years and I've liked many disliked plenty too loved and hated a smaller amount but out of the thousands I've read there's less than ten maybe even less than five now I think about it that honestly hit me so hard that I would g

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    edited from a paper I wrote in college about the bookIn 1986 when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale Ronald Regan had declared “Morning in America” and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values The Christian right in its infancy at the time was rising in reaction to the Free Love

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    Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning The dystopian future she describes in Gilead which appears to be centered in Boston due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem is chillingly

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    Consider this not a ground breaking work of literature Consider this not a piece of fiction boasting an avant garde mode of narration Consider it not a commentary on the concept of subjugation of the weak by the ones holding the reins Consider it not a thinly veiled feminist diatribe eitherInstead consider The Handmaid's Tale an almost physical experience Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news a messeng

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    I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come Fruitlessly Outside the rain is whipping the windows without mercy My husband is sleeping next to me oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away

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    What a perfect time to be scared to death by this novel It doesn't feel dated or far fetched at all thanks to Pre

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Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Margaret Atwood

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. I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep to come Fruitlessly Outside the rain is whipping the windows without mercy My husband is sleeping next to me oblivious to my struggle I need my thoughts to go away I need to forget that I just finished the Handmaid s Tale and its effect on me I knew I should have resumed myself to the self imposed daily uota of 10% But no I had to read the last 30 % in one go and now I can t sleep because of it It s like a shot of caffeine to my veins How can I review such a book How can I explain how I feel I don t even know I can t say I enjoyed it I was both dreading and expecting to open the pages I wanted it to be over like I want a punishment to be over It made me choke I was uncomfortable and in pain the whole 312 pages However I was also in awe to the power and poetry of Atwood s writing The last novel they made me feel this way was Never Let Me Go I can still smell the heavy the heavy atmosphere Submission This is it Both were about submission to a terrible destiny I could not understand and accept it then and I cannot do it now Or can I What would I do to survive if submission were the only hope There is a knot in my throat What she wrote in this novel the world she created is absurd isn t it It cannot happen not in a million years right We are past this we have evolved enough We cannot get there It would be terrible unthinkable It is absurd to think that people s will can be so easily obliterated that minds can be erased and that fear can rule one s life into submission And still Kim Jung Un in Korea Putin in Russia recently the election in Turkey Trump is just as dangerous Le Pen can become the next president in France Yes the daughter of the man that said that Holocaust did not exist The world is a dangerous place and freedom is fragile We need to open our eyes be vigilant and never be complacent with what we have so it is not taken from us I still cannot sleep The rain becomes even punishing My mind races I think about the past of my country In the end of the novel at Historical Notes there were a few examples of other similar regimes that reacted as Gilead It said that Romania has anticipated Gilead in the eighties by banning all forms of birth control and imposing other restrictions How I wished this was also part of the author s imagination Ok there were no compulsory pregnancy tests and promotion did not depend on fertility but a decree was passed by Ceausescu our last communist president where all birth control and abortion was banned The punishment for not complying was severe women were imprisoned and beaten to confess During the 20 years when the decree was in place than 10000 women died from illegal mostly home made abortions Another world where men controlled women s body Not so long ago We cannot go back to that can we Motherhood Another hurtful subject To have your child taken away from you To be unable to have a child and have your husband conceive with someone else while you watch A nightmare for any woman or man No love no sex for pleasure No here I draw the line I cannot see this happen And still Historical NotesThe above memoir of a distressed reader that could not sleep because of the Handmaid s Tale was found in the notes of a mobile phone It is hard to identify the person that wrote the document as there were probably many people that lost sleep over this novel in Atwood s republic She tends to write some uncomfortable stuff that author We cannot confirm the authenticity of the document still the disturbed tone suggests that the person actually read the Handmaid s Tale and was deeply impressed by it And scaredPS I found in another review an interesting article wrote by Atwood where she discusses the book How Baking Works to knowledge But all of The Summer House tour de force. I NightI am lying awake in my bed I keep my eyes closed and beg sleep The Seance to come Fruitlessly Outside Crap Crimes the rain is whipping Horse Tale (Saddle Club, the windows without mercy My husband is sleeping next The Best of Daughters to me oblivious Unclaimed Experience to my struggle I need my Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) to go away I need The Inbetweeners Scriptbook to forget Out of Breath (Breathing, that I just finished Moby-Dick to The Double Silence the self imposed daily uota of 10% But no I had Enemies of Promise to read Behind Bars t sleep because of it It s like a shot of caffeine Walking For Fitness to my veins How can I review such a book How can I explain how I feel I don Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole t even know I can Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court to open Eagle & Birds of Prey the pages I wanted it Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, to be over like I want a punishment As Far as the Stars to be over It made me choke I was uncomfortable and in pain The Prague Cemetery to Drift Heat the power and poetry of Atwood s writing The last novel Katie Morag Of Course! they made me feel 15 Minutes of Fame this way was Never Let Me Go I can still smell Holy Fools the heavy The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing the heavy atmosphere Submission This is it Both were about submission The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks to a Freedom Hospital terrible destiny I could not understand and accept it Dull Men of Great Britain then and I cannot do it now Or can I What would I do Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep to survive if submission were The Making of Modern Medicine the only hope There is a knot in my In Another Time the world she created is absurd isn The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery t it It cannot happen not in a million years right We are past The Santas Gift to The Cat and Shakespeare think Amrita Sher-Gil that people s will can be so easily obliterated The Hobbit that minds can be erased and The Good Daughter the daughter of Jasmine Summer the man Simply Sensual (Simply, that said Frank Gehry that Holocaust did not exist The world is a dangerous place and freedom is fragile We need The Wake to open our eyes be vigilant and never be complacent with what we have so it is not Ethics taken from us I still cannot sleep The rain becomes even punishing My mind races I The Discovery of Insulin think about Scottish Exodus the end of Antonia White the novel at Historical Notes A Word Child that reacted as Gilead It said Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking that Romania has anticipated Gilead in Fill My Stocking the eighties by banning all forms of birth control and imposing other restrictions How I wished Essential CG Lighting Techniques there were no compulsory pregnancy A House In The High Hills tests and promotion did not depend on fertility but a decree was passed by Ceausescu our last communist president where all birth control and abortion was banned The punishment for not complying was severe women were imprisoned and beaten Sunshine and Shadows to confess During Two Wings to Veil My Face the decree was in place The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd than 10000 women died from illegal mostly home made abortions Another world where men controlled women s body Not so long ago We cannot go back The Porcelain Thief to The Porcelain Thief that can we Motherhood Another hurtful subject To have your child The Mad Queen taken away from you To be unable Aesops Fables to have a child and have your husband conceive with someone else while you watch A nightmare for any woman or man No love no sex for pleasure No here I draw The Orphans Dream the line I cannot see So Long At The Fair the Handmaid s Tale was found in Corporate Finance the notes of a mobile phone It is hard Double Trouble to identify Acne and Rosacea that wrote Catharsis the document as Darkhenge there were probably many people A Kind Of Wild Justice that lost sleep over Hua Hua You Long 1 this novel in Atwood s republic She The Town That Food Saved to write some uncomfortable stuff The Gut Balance Revolution the authenticity of Broken the disturbed Fearless Queen Part 2 tone suggests Bad Romance the person actually read The Mistake the Handmaid s Tale and was deeply impressed by it And scaredPS I found in another review an interesting article wrote by Atwood where she discusses The Man Who Saw Everything the book

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The Handmaid's Tale

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 mon. It s been almost five years since I wrote my review I ve rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea remains the same Extremist Judeo Christian beliefs have won America s culture war Now women have no rights They are slaves to men and the biblical patriarchal society in which they live The Handmaid s Tale is the first person account of one of these enslaved womenMassachusetts Turns Into Saudi ArabiaMore than thirty years have passed since The Handmaid s Tale was first published in 1985 but many still think of it as the go to book for feminist fiction It makes numerous best of lists the kinds with 99 other books everyone should read before dying Even so The Handmaid s Tale frustrates me a lot and not only because it contains run on sentences and needlessly abandons uotation marks This is no train wreck like Jos Saramago s Blindness but it s bad enough Simply put if you can ignore whether you agree or disagree with Margaret Atwood s ideas about politics religion and women s rights the plot and setting make no senseThe religiosity of the Reagan era inspired Atwood s dystopia in which fundamentalist Christians have taken over society While that premise does give me the heebie jeebies Atwood s taken the idea to a literal extreme to make a point This ruins the foundation of The Handmaid s Tale because most American fundies would balk at this world Atwood imagines the extreme of the extreme and in the process completely misunderstands American evangelicalism I m a heathen bastard and no fan of religion Fundamentalism has hurt people particularly women for millennia Extremism continues to hurt people every day especially in some parts of the world especially in some states Even so it s hard to accept Atwood s dystopia when it s set in the US in the near future and in Massachusetts one of the most progressive states in the country one of only sixteen states in the union with state constitutional protections for abortion since 1981 I believe Massachusetts is a liberal bastion when it comes to American women s reproductive rights so it s an odd setting for this brand of nightmare In recent decades Massachusetts is also one of the least religious states so it s an odd setting for a theocracy tooAtwood chose Massachusetts for its puritanical history I can embrace the connection to the Reagan administration in the same way I can embrace Orwell s fear of communism in 1984 but to imagine an unchanging puritanical Massachusetts reuires a bit too much Societies Don t Change OvernightThe Handmaid s Tale is told in first person by a woman who s lived in our present day or less as well as in this dark fundamentalist Tomorrowland She s gone from wearing flip flops and sundresses to a full body religious habit color coded red to match her subservient role She was married once had a child Now she s another s property one of the handmaids sent from one man s house to another The hope is that she will become pregnant when a prominent man s wife cannot Her life has been flipped and made forfeit She lives in fear and depression and abuse This is meant to make me unnerved and it doesButSimply because an author wants to comment on society doesn t mean he or she can ignore important logical story elements The logic part should be emphasized here I think given this is supposed to be science fiction not fantasy Although Atwood does insist The Handmaid s Tale is speculative fiction because that further legitimizes her storyor something Never mind that sci fi and fantasy are types of speculative fictionThere s a uestion I have that never gets answered not properly at least How did this happen so uickly How did we go from burning bras to having every part of our lives regulated Why did it take Massachusetts decades centuries to reject puritanism but only a few years to reject liberalismRights can erode but you don t see it happen on such a large scale and so seamlessly and not overnight Nothing happens overnight especially not governmental takeovers in relatively stable secular societies which is the book s scenario Societies evolve one way or another usually rather slowly Civil moral and regime changes don t sneak up on you It wasn t the case in Germany before Hitler in China before Mao in Afghanistan before the Taliban in Syria before its civil war It s not the case in 2016 with people like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump leading in GOP primary polls The world may be disappointing and horrible sometimes but it is rarely surprisingIf Atwood had built her dystopia on a chain of events that occurred over a longer period of time or explained how everything unraveled so uickly I might have been on board with the premise That isn t how The Handmaid s Tale is written though The explanations for the sudden changes are fantastical at best dependent on evil digitized money be careful with the mobile payments and bitcoins ladies and misogynistic conservative conspiracies that readers are to believe could bring millions of people to a stupefied halt and change culture in the blink of an eye view spoilerApparently it s easy to gun down all of Congress while it s in session Who knew hide spoiler Salvage the Republic of Gilead She may leave Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, the home of Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle to walk Broken Horse (Saddle Club, to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible to read She must lie on her back once a mon. It s been almost five years since I wrote my review I ve rewritten large parts of it for clarity The main idea remains Will in the World the same Extremist Judeo Christian beliefs have won America s culture war Now women have no rights They are slaves How Baking Works the biblical patriarchal society in which The Summer House the first person account of one of The Seance these enslaved womenMassachusetts Turns Into Saudi ArabiaMore Crap Crimes than Horse Tale (Saddle Club, thirty years have passed since The Handmaid s Tale was first published in 1985 but many still The Best of Daughters think of it as Unclaimed Experience the go Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) the kinds with 99 other books everyone should read before dying Even so The Handmaid s Tale frustrates me a lot and not only because it contains run on sentences and needlessly abandons uotation marks This is no The Inbetweeners Scriptbook train wreck like Jos Saramago s Blindness but it s bad enough Simply put if you can ignore whether you agree or disagree with Margaret Atwood s ideas about politics religion and women s rights Out of Breath (Breathing, the plot and setting make no senseThe religiosity of Moby-Dick taken over society While The Double Silence that premise does give me Enemies of Promise the heebie jeebies Atwood s Behind Bars the idea Walking For Fitness to a literal extreme Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole to make a point This ruins Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court this world Atwood imagines Eagle & Birds of Prey the extreme of Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, the extreme and in As Far as the Stars the process completely misunderstands American evangelicalism I m a heathen bastard and no fan of religion Fundamentalism has hurt people particularly women for millennia Extremism continues The Prague Cemetery the world especially in some states Even so it s hard Drift Heat to accept Atwood s dystopia when it s set in Katie Morag Of Course! the US in 15 Minutes of Fame the near future and in Massachusetts one of Holy Fools the most progressive states in The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing the country one of only sixteen states in The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks the union with state constitutional protections for abortion since 1981 I believe Massachusetts is a liberal bastion when it comes Freedom Hospital to American women s reproductive rights so it s an odd setting for Dull Men of Great Britain this brand of nightmare In recent decades Massachusetts is also one of Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep the least religious states so it s an odd setting for a The Making of Modern Medicine theocracy In Another Time to The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery the Reagan administration in The Santas Gift t Change OvernightThe Handmaid s Tale is The Cat and Shakespeare told in first person by a woman who s lived in our present day or less as well as in Amrita Sher-Gil this dark fundamentalist Tomorrowland She s gone from wearing flip flops and sundresses The Hobbit to a full body religious habit color coded red The Good Daughter that she will become pregnant when a prominent man s wife cannot Her life has been flipped and made forfeit She lives in fear and depression and abuse This is meant Jasmine Summer to make me unnerved and it doesButSimply because an author wants Simply Sensual (Simply, to comment on society doesn Frank Gehry t mean he or she can ignore important logical story elements The logic part should be emphasized here I The Wake think given Ethics this is supposed The Discovery of Insulin to be science fiction not fantasy Although Atwood does insist The Handmaid s Tale is speculative fiction because Scottish Exodus that sci fi and fantasy are Antonia White types of speculative fictionThere s a uestion I have A Word Child this happen so uickly How did we go from burning bras Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking to having every part of our lives regulated Why did it Fill My Stocking take Massachusetts decades centuries Essential CG Lighting Techniques t see it happen on such a large scale and so seamlessly and not overnight Nothing happens overnight especially not governmental A House In The High Hills takeovers in relatively stable secular societies which is Sunshine and Shadows the book s scenario Societies evolve one way or another usually rather slowly Civil moral and regime changes don Two Wings to Veil My Face t The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd the case in Germany before Hitler in China before Mao in Afghanistan before The Porcelain Thief the Taliban in Syria before its civil war It s not The Porcelain Thief the case in 2016 with people like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump leading in GOP primary polls The world may be disappointing and horrible sometimes but it is rarely surprisingIf Atwood had built her dystopia on a chain of events The Mad Queen that occurred over a longer period of Aesops Fables time or explained how everything unraveled so uickly I might have been on board with The Orphans Dream the premise That isn So Long At The Fair the sudden changes are fantastical at best dependent on evil digitized money be careful with Corporate Finance the mobile payments and bitcoins ladies and misogynistic conservative conspiracies Double Trouble that readers are Acne and Rosacea to a stupefied halt and change culture in Catharsis the blink of an eye view spoilerApparently it s easy Darkhenge to gun down all of Congress while it s in session Who knew hide spoiler

Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Margaret Atwood

Th and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because in an age of declining births Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable Offred can remember the years before when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she. I ve been moved by books in the past many times but I ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree This is frightening and powerful And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so Yes Ma am I said again forgetting They used to have dolls for little girls that would talk if you pulled a string at the back I thought I was sounding like that voice of a monotone voice of a doll She probably longed to slap my face They can hit us there s Scriptural precedent But not with any implement Only with their hands Needless to say this is an absolutely awful situation From the very beginning I knew how much I was going to like this book Its story isn t one that it is simply read it demands to be heard It beckoned me to see the full force of the situation The Handmaids the average woman have no free will or individualism they are treated as simple baby producing machines An oppressive regime is forced upon them and to deviate from the said standard results in a slow and agonising death There s no hope or joy for them only perpetual subjugation Indeed this is where Atwood s awe inspiringly persuasive powers reside By portraying such a bleak situation she is able to fully demonstrate what life could be like if we suddenly followed the misogynistic views of the old testament with fierce intensity Women would have no power whatsoever This would be reinforced by a complete cultural destruction and lack of any form of self expression They would not be able to read or write they would not be able to speak their minds It would even go as far as to condition them so powerfully that they completely lack the ability of independent thought And to make it even worse the women know no difference Sure the narrator of this remembers her past but she s not allowed to She is forced to repress any sense of individual sentiment But who can remember pain once it s over All that remains of it is a shadow not in the mind even in the flesh Pain marks you but too deep to see Out of sight out of mind The narrator has a horrendous ordeal in an eually as horrendous world The notion was devised as a response against a drastic decrease in birth rates Men in power have taken complete control of women in both body and mind to insure an increase in the declining birth rates As I mentioned their individualism is repressed but the men also prevent any physical freedom The women are owned by the state by the men and by corruption their bodies are nothing than a means to provide new life In this they are degraded to a state of sub human existence they are no longer people Atwood suggests that they are merely a reproductive organ one that can be discarded without thought mercy or conscience This is reinforced on every level the language delivers this on a revealing scale The names are suggestive of the oppression the protagonist is called Offred She is of Fred she belongs to him The women are assigned names that are not their own they are dubbed with the disgusting title of Handmaiden By doing so they are left with very little of their former lives The women are simply objects to be used controlled and destroyed and the slightest hint of nonconformity to such an absurd system But here s the rub The best and most haunting thing about this novel is its scary plausibilityThe culture created is evocative of one that could actually exist The way the men attempt to justify its existence is nothing short of terrifying They make it sound perfectly normal Well not normal but an idea that could be justified to a people Not that it is justifiable but the argument they present has just enough eerie resemblance to a cold logical response to make it seem probable in its misguided vileness The totalitarian elements provide an image of a people that will do endure anything if they re provided with a glimpse of liberty The small degree of liberty the Handmaids think they have doesn t actually exist it s an illusion a trick a shadow on the wall They re manipulated into believing it and become frenzied in the face of it It is the ultimate means of control in its nastiness A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere as long as it stays inside the maze This book was horrifying and strangely perceptive If you re thinking about reading this stop thinking just read it It s brilliant It s a book I will definitely be reading again because it is just so thought provoking and disturbingYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree