Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a book! I’m predisposed to like any book by Margaret Atwood, I like her style, her politics, her rapier sharp mind and the other books I’ve read a lot. This book is one of those books that you have heard so much about over the years that you feel like you know it before you even open the pages, but when you do start it is so rich and vivid that you realise that anybody who talks about it may well have a different reading experience from you, and see it very differently depending on their life and experiences. This is a book you can read for the story, which is so well done or you can read it as a commentary on a possible future or even what has happened to women in the past.

There so much ‘stuff’ in this book, so many ways you can see parallels with life as we now know it. Scary stuff. So many thinky thoughts about how control works, the whys and hows of how society can change in a second. A book to haunt you. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen too.

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