Crystel Marie, July 5, 2007 (view all comments by Crystel Marie)
Being a recently graduated English major, I have read a number of books over the past four years. "The Handmaid's Tale," though, is by far one of the best pieces of literature I came across, and to be honest, is one of the only ones I finished from start to finish without skipping a single page - and that says a lot, considering I would often have twenty or more novels a term to read. I call "The Handmaid's Tale" a "piece of literature" rather than a "novel" or "book" because it possesses the qualities of literature that is hard to find in much of todays modern fiction. Atwood is often thought of as a feminist writer, but she is much more than that, and "The Handmaid's Tale" really shows that. Atwood touches on extreme themes of oppression and democracy without making the reader feel like he's being lectured. In Laymen's terms: READ IT! You won't regret it. I have yet to meet someone who hasn't read it and not loved it. I must say, though, if you're looking for a piece of literature to mindlessly read without much thought, this is not for you. "The Handmaid's Tale" forces the reader to reflect on the politics of the story as well as the politics of today. I personally feel much more enlightened and educated for reading this piece of literature. To be clich?, do yourself a favor and read this!
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Shannon, January 11, 2007 (view all comments by Shannon)
The most frightening book I've ever read. A must read for every American in 2007, as we await the Supreme Court ruling on the federal abortion ban that would make abortions as early as 12 weeks illegal.
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by The Washington Post Book World,
"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex....Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!"
by The San Francisco Chronicle,
"The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise."
by Houston Chronicle,
"Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions....An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking....Read it while it's still allowed."
by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times,
"[A] taut thriller, a psychological study, a play on words. It has a sense of humor about itself, as well as an ambivalence toward even its worst villains."
"The most poetically satisfying and intense of all Atwood's novels."
by The Globe and Mail (Toronto),
"The Handmaid's Tale is in the honorable tradition of Brave New World and other warnings of dystopia. It's imaginative, even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace."
"The Handmaid's Tale brings out the very best in Atwood — moral vision, biting humor, and a poet's imagination."
First published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader is unable to forget its images and its forecast. With more than two million copies in print, it is Margaret Atwood's most popular and compelling novel. Set in the near future, it describes life in what once was the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead. Reacting to social unrest, and a sharply declining birthrate, the new regime has reverted to — even gone beyond — the repressive tolerance of the original Puritans.
First published in 1985, this is a novel of such power that the reader is unable to forget its images and its forecast. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. "A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex".--"The Washington Post Book World".
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