The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Aug 02

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

I love me some Hulu. After noticing this series advertised recently, I decided that I needed to read the book before I watch the show.

This book messed me up, big time. I loved it, but it absolutely scared the crap out of me. Margaret Atwood expertly crafts the tale of a handmaid. What exactly is a handmaid?  A handmaid is a forced surrogate in a dystopian world. Offred, the handmaid telling the tale, hopes to become pregnant by the ‘Commander’ that she belongs to. If she fails to produce a healthy child, the consequences are dire. Women no longer have much free will in this society known as Gilead. Atwood’s way of writing has the reader feeling Offred’s claustrophobia and the hopelessness, and the dangers of deviation lurking around every corner.

As a woman reading about what came to pass for this specific generation of ladies, this book was a straight-up nightmare. There are also many parallels to what is happening with our government right now, which added an extra layer of fear to the reading experience. The book has an ambiguous ending, which I am sure will lead to endless seasons on the Hulu. It did offer one enormously important message: let us not show complacency when we see the rights of women being compromised, in any way.

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