[Book Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a well reviewed and well received novel already. First published in 1985, Atwood’s novel has continued to be at the forefront of fiction and feminism since it’s release.

The novel has gained a new interest with the release of the television series with the same name, and it’s readership and understanding continues to grow.

I am one of the readers who’d heard so much about the novel, but had never sat down to read it. I saw the television series and wanted to read it, and I have now finally managed to complete it.

The Handmaid’s Tale was everything I thought it was going to be. The narrative of the story is interesting, it’s written as if the narrator is talking to you through the story. She guides you through the story with an eloquence one can only achieve through the subconscious.

I personally enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale, it brought up a lot to think about. The tale talks of love, loss, grief, rebellion and many others. The novel is open-ended and doesn’t really draw to any conclusion and only briefly mentions how things came to be the way they were. For me, this was both a positive and a negative, as I so badly wanted to know how this dystopian future even came about, but it also made it feel real. The narrator spoke to you as if you knew how these events happened, and maybe how they ended.

That was both infuriating (in an I really need to know kind of way), and pleasant.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. The writing flowed well, and talked about some really interesting things that relate scarily to what is happening in our modern times, despite being over thirty years old, and in a dystopian setting.

Would I recommend the book? Yes. Definitely. It would be interesting to discuss with people what they thought of the novel, and what they thought as I know that opinions on this novel vary greatly.

[Halfway Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’m officially now over half way through the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and so far I’m finding the book really intriguing.

At first I was reading and comparing the book to the TV series that was released last year, but once I’ve gotten past the similarities and differences, I’m finding I’m enjoying a lot a more.

Margaret Atwood has a rather unusual style of writing, which is seen in this novel, in particular with the sections where characters are talking, but there is no markings in the writing to indicate that they are talking. This is interesting to me, as from a narratological perspective, and the idea of the narrator being a storyteller, it plays more with the sense of the subconscious speech. It’s people speaking, but they are speaking through her.

So far it’s rather interesting!

Have you read the Handmaid’s Tale? What’s your views on the first half of the novel?

 

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[Read-a-long?] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Hello,

Since our first book isn’t for another half a month yet, and whilst we wait for suggestions. I was wondering if anyone would like an impromptu read-a-long (if that’s what this could be called?)?

My next book is The Handmaid’s Tale, as this is a book I’ve been waiting to read for a while.

I’m currently on Chapter 9 if anyone would like to join in and share their thoughts with me on this novel!

If you would like to suggest our first book, you can find it here!