The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was the book I read for July for the Artful Reader’s Club (ARC). This classic psycho-lit and political thriller takes place in a place called the Republic of Gilead in an eerily possible future and where the viable ovaries fertile women become a national resource. Why? Environmental disaster, which affected the water supply, caused a decline in the national birth rate. Those few women who had viable ovaries were forced into servitude as handmaids. Handmaids were only valued for their ability to get pregnant and carry a baby to term.
Women became 2nd class citizens and were denied many freedoms, including the freedom to learn, to read and express themselves. This totalitarian society had an ever-present “eyes” that watched and reported anyone not abiding by the laws of the land. The story required my undivided attention and is not for the inexperienced reader, as the main character was trying to make sense of her life in her current situation. She often reflected back to the time before she was forced into servitude. The issues in this book are very intense and unfortunately very real issues in some societies today. There is some sexual content. Do I recommend this book? YES! It is a MUST read for so many reasons. If you are looking for an easy, lighthearted story; then NO….THIS is NOT the book for you, but I promise if you are willing to put forth the effort, this classic contemporary fiction is well worth your time!
By the way, this book was made into a movie in 1990, starring: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn and Elizabeth McGovern. It was a close rendition of the book; but, as with most books to movies, the book is better because it provided details that the movie omitted.
I created an art journal spread using mixed media and collage:
- Teaching in Dystopia: The Common Corpse (atthechalkface.com)
- Sophia’s #CBR5 Review #40: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (cannonballread5.wordpress.com)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (lauren110.wordpress.com)
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (aethomas2005.wordpress.com)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (bibliophilebetty.com)
- Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #38: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (cannonballread5.wordpress.com)
- First opinions on Offred and Gilead (phiblelucas.wordpress.com)
- Anger about the Historical Notes (phiblelucas.wordpress.com)