This book blew my mind. It’s both simple, yet extremely complex. Atwood’s writing is beautifully descriptive, and I was instantly sucked into her dystopian (and eerily prescient) world. I connected with Offred, the narrator of the story, and was both fascinated and saddened by her tale. I wanted her to be happy, but knew that that wasn’t in the cards for her.
The world of The Handmaid’s Tale is oppressive, patriarchal, and scary to imagine. I was uncomfortable throughout the length of this novel, and that was exactly what I imagine Atwood wanted readers to feel as they unspooled Offred’s story. The only complaint I have with this book is the ending. It left me hungry for more, but I knew I wasn’t going to get a clear-cut resolution. I know this is supposed to echo the nature of life, but I loved this story so much that I wanted MORE. This is a powerful, topical work of fiction that demands to be read and to be taken as a cautionary tale.
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