“The Handmaid’s Tale” had sat on my bookshelf for years and I have tosay, I’d never been tempted to read it. Friends had praised the novel,but it wasn’t until it was chosenas a book group read , thatI took the plunge. How glad I am that I did!
“The Handmaid’s Tale”is set in the future – in 21st century America, after a take over of the United States. The structure of society has been changed drastically, with women being assigned different roles, depending very much on their proven fertility. The story is told by the Handmaid, Offred. She looks back to life she once had , one which we can recognise, and she gives us many details of her present life. This life is so different reading about it is uncomfortable and shocking in many aspects.
Margaret Atwood has woven an amazing story. I didn’t always find it a pleasant read – in fact, it was absolutely horrible in parts, but it was fascinating and I never felt the need to put the book aside. I thought the last chapter was particularly good in the way it rounded off this not-to-be-missed book.
An excellent, thought – provoking novel.