Genre: Literary Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Pub. Year 1985
What in the world is there new to say about Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic tale? Probably not much, so instead I will share my personal thoughts. I actually was under the impression that the recent re-interest in “The Handmaids Tale” was due to similarities I noticed in the novel and current affairs. The 45th President of the United States (in my own humble opinion) seems to admire world dictators and believes the news is often fake, not to mention that he has his own desire to build a wall. Then, I learned that in 2017 the book became a TV series (which I will definitely be catching). Either way, I am glad that “Handmaid” is back in public consciousness.
This reviewer is not fond of dystopian fiction. I even say so in my book review policy. But the great Atwood never disappoints with her eye-opening writing. She makes it so easy to see how in the future, a totalitarian society in what used to be New England could become a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property. Like most others, I couldn’t put the book down.
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