The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

  • Author – Margaret Atwood
  • Publisher – Penguin Random House
  • Pages – 336

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 and 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 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 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.

This is not my usual read so i tried to keep an open mind when i started this book, and i am so glad that i did. I loved it, it was written superbly, with such great detail in every part of the story that did not make it feel overpowering.

The Story i found to be actually quite sad, imagine that this was our life, living your best life and then BAM, suddenly you are allowed no money, no job, nothing. It is all down to the men in your life, and worse still you are subjected to being another family’s womb. Treated like dirt and you exist only to make another family happy. Imagine your only entertainment in life is the memories and the thoughts you have of before, your loving family and the life you once had. Its horrific, just the thought of it and reading most of this book made me feel so sad for Offred.

Offred, in the beginning seemed like her job was her job, rules must be obeyed and you just had to make the most of what hand you have been dealt, but slowly as the story started to flow she became cheeky and shown she had a mind of her own, she hated her life and was lost in her thoughts so many times, re-writing history to make things better, something she grasp onto. All she wanted was her husband and child back, not the life of being frowned upon. She told the story from her POV and i loved it, i loved the way it was written, when she lied, she told us it was a lie and then came out the truth.

I actually have so many questions i want to ask Offred, this doesn’t mean the book wasn’t written well in anyway, because i don’t understand, that just isn’t the case. I was so drawn into this story i want to know How she ended up here? The Aunts what made them kind of like a pimp? Maybe it would have been better for her to just leave and go to Jezebels. If their was one character from a book that you could actually find and have a conversation with, Offred would most definitely be the one i would chose.

The book had me drawn in from the beginning, which hardly ever happens unless it is a thriller. I could literally not put the book down, i had to keep reading. I had to know what came next, i just wanted her to find happiness weather it be with the commander, them falling in love even thought is forbidden or with Nick. Then the van comes for her, she is led to believe she is going to be saved, but with that she can not be sure and the book ends. I have never wanted to move on to a sequel as i do now. Maybe it is because i am in work and did not bring the sequel with me i don’t know. But i do no i now need to get home so i can finish where i left off.


2 thoughts on “The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

  1. I’ve heard about The Handmaid’s Tale but never really knew what it was about. This post definitely makes me more interested in picking it up sometime in the future.


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