- File Size: 2712 KB
- Print Length: 325 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 17, 1986)
- Publication Date: February 17, 1986
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
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Our Review Of The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the peruser will be not able overlook its images and its forecast. Set sooner rather than later, it describes life in what was at one time the United States and is currently called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has responded to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by returning to, and going past, the repressive prejudice of the first Puritans. The routine takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its oath, with unusual consequences for the ladies and men in its populace.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the deplorable Handmaids under the new social request. In condensed yet smooth prose, by turns cool-peered toward, delicate, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dull corners behind the establishment’s quiet exterior, as specific tendencies now in existence are conveyed to their obvious end results. The Handmaid’s Tale is entertaining, sudden, sickening, and altogether persuading. It is without a moment’s delay scathing satire, critical cautioning, and a visit de constrain. It is Margaret Atwood taking care of business.
n a startling takeoff from her previous novels ( Lady Oracle , Surfacing ), respected Canadian writer and novelist Atwood presents here a tale of the not so distant future. In the Republic of Gilead, once in the past the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been conveyed to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist’s bad dream: ladies are strictly controlled, unfit to have jobs or cash and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the regenerative Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the “ethically fit” Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: “of Fred”), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society became. This ground-breaking, noteworthy novel is very suggested for most libraries. BOMC included exchange.
I first read The Handmaid’s Tale around the time it was published in 1986. I was just 22, a sheltered youthful thing. I pondered what everybody was raving about, since just the best story layer of the book associated for me. Presently, with decades of life encounter behind me, I see this is a profoundly moving, complex book. I’m so happy I choose to peruse again just as of now in time.
You would imagine that something composed thirty years back would seem dated. Be that as it may, that wasn’t the case for me. On the off chance that anything, I think there are such a significant number of things envisioned in the book which have turned out to be progressively possible today instead of less. In a sense, this is a useful example that an expansive craft of the populace overlooked or misunderstood.
Like never before, we should peruse this and sharing it with the young ladies in our lives. What’s more, discussing it with them, so they see a greater amount of the profundity than my 22-year-old self did.
Margaret Atwood envisioned a reality where an extremist power went enthusiastically against outside zealots and their very own kin’s “wanton” conduct. This power was intended to improve the world, however it also made a universe of profoundly distinct “haves” and “the poor.”
She says, “Better never means better for everybody… It always means worse, for some.” It may be just me (despite the fact that I suspect not) but rather this sure sounds like what we often hear today on the news and in conversations.
Perusing this toward the finish of 2016 after a fierce race cycle, the accompanying statement from Atwood seems both wise and terrible. Have we not been catching wind of individuals who feel invisible?
“We were the general population who were not in the papers. We lived in the clear void areas at the edges of print. It gave us more opportunity. We lived in the gaps between the stories”
Atwood’s Republic of Gilead gives individuals one-dimensional functions. Adjustment – she gives ladies one-dimensional functions. They are Wives, Marthas, Handmaids, Aunts, or Unwomen (and a couple of more which would be spoilers). Unwomen are rebels, prone to be banished to the lethal waste dumps of the colonies. Every other person plays a section in the singular female focus – multiplication. As I read, I pondered what classification I’d fall into should I have the misfortune to arrive in Gilead. The ladies there have no layers of life or experience. They are relied upon just to satisfy their restricted job.
For what reason is reproduction such a focus? Because of falling birth rates among white individuals. This book doesn’t discuss race aside from one small spot close as far as possible. It’s as if there is just a single race in Gilead. What’s more, the main individuals in that race with any power are men.
The fundamental character, Offred (truly of Fred named after the Commander she serves) is the ideal mix of frail and strong. She tells us of her past and says, “When we think about the past it’s the delightful things we select. We need to trust it was all similar to that.” But her life is not excellent. Also, Atwood straddles the line of past and present, sending forward and backward such that keeps you needing more. Just as Offred wants more. Just as we as a whole need more for ourselves and the generations of ladies coming after us.
On the off chance that you read this book long back, lift it up once more. On the off chance that you haven’t yet perused it, move it up to the highest point of your TBR. Get it for friends. Purchase for your sons and daughters. Use it to instruct and to realize what sort of world we could be on the off chance that we stop esteeming the diversity surprisingly.
Ideal last line to this book as I was left with such a significant number of questions at the end…the first of which was simply, “Huh?”.
This book confused me. Given the majority of the promotion around it, I was expecting significantly more from this book. It was not too bad and I can totally understand how it would translate well into a small series or movie…but I just couldn’t get my head around how/why things changed so rapidly in society…over night, every one of ladies’ rights were removed however there seemed to be little data as to who or why. I was further confused by tourists coming into Gilead…why were there completely working societies outside of Gilead that seem to have been unaffected by whatever caused this tremendous shift in US society. How could this have continued for such a long time afterwards without a common war of sorts breaking out. Without having more data of the aggregate collapse of society and somewhat more life span of what lead to the collapse, it was difficult to become tied up with this tale.
On the off chance that I could get tied up with the collapse of society and the advancement of Gilead to save humankind, there just wasn’t sufficient data on how the Handmaids, the Aunts, and so forth were chosen, why they removed sound kids from their introduction to the world families and assigned the mothers of those kids to other households for procreation…none of it seemed well and good. Also, the end result for the ladies in the colonies, the “unbabies”, and so on.
There was an extraordinary center to this story, just insufficient detail to support any of it so I was exceptionally disappointed at last.