Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

Hello lovelies!

For this month's book review I wanted to talk about an oldie but a goodie: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of a dystopian society, the Republic of Gilead, through the narrator, Offred. The world Offred depicts is a sad, misogynistic, racist, and homophobic one where marriages are contractual and children are born through third party concubines, or handmaids, like Offred. Gilead was founded through a staged terrorist attack that kills off most of the senior-ranking members of the US Government (including the President and many members of Congress) which led to the adoption of a theocratic military dictatorship headed by a extremist Christian cult. Many of the institutions and names in the book are biblical (for example, the handmaids are trained at the Rachel and Leah Center), which goes to show how extreme religion of any kind can really slow progression of a country.

I remember first reading this novel for a philosophy class in University. I literally finished the book in an entire day and did no homework for any other class because this book was just that interesting! I can't even imagine a world where I would be treated like a second-class citizen because I'm female. Where my marriage would be arranged and if either myself or my husband were infertile, the blame would be on me and I'd be forced to sit in on a "ceremony," watching my husband have sex with another woman so we could have children. Because that would be the law of the land. Just wow. 

I can't recommend this book enough to you guys - it's one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking books I've read in a while. 

38 comments

  1. Great review- I've heard of this book, but had zero idea what it's about. Sounds very interesting!

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  2. Wow. thanks a ton... Such am to pick this book as my next read.
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  3. Great recommendation, I do like a book that makes you stop and think for a bit! Xx

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  4. I remember reading this book in high school and being so unbelievably disturbed yet intrigued at the same time. Definitely a solid rec :)

    Mili from Call me, Maeby

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  5. Thanks for the review! This is going on my list! I have so many to catch up on but I like to move the books around in order of rave review. haha.
    xo,
    nancy

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  6. i wish i had more time to read! this book sounds really interesting and i'll definitely add it to my summer reading list :)

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  7. I'm in need of a good new book! Certainly now winter is coming - seriously can you beat a hot chocolate in bed with a book?! This sounds fascinating - make have to take your word for it and purchase :) xx

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  8. oh i love margaret atwood! really need to read more, but i've got very little time because of my onlineshop. thanks for your comment honey! yes i crafted all the harry potter jewellery. i'm glad you like it! thank you!

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  9. Dear Deborah, exactly this book stands at the moment behind me in my book shelf - it´s only in German and it belongs also to my favourite books, During reading your post I thought I should read it again because it seems as if I have forgotten many of the content - what unfortunately often happens to me after a while after I read the book. Maybe I read too much ;) I remember only the mood of the book some special sequences. Does this also happen to you?

    Thanks a lot for your inspiration, the next days I have some days off so I have the opportunity and time to read!

    Wish you a happy rest of the week.

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  10. In this period I have not so much time to read, but hope to find because I like reading.
    The review is perfect

    ciao ciao

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  11. Oh wow,I read your review on thi book and right now I'm wondering it so much as a bookworm.I'll definetely try that one,just need to find an english version or Turkish.
    Thanks for sharing these.
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  12. I will definitely add it to my reading list. I love "old fashioned" novels, and this sounds very intriguing!
    Thanks for sharing!!
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  13. This book really sounds amazing and it's absolutely an interesting book! I'll definitely look it up when I have the time (: x

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  14. This sounds right up my street! I'm definitely going to check it out.

    Hmm maybe...

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  15. I'm beginning to see a trend in popular fiction nowadays :) post apocalyptic/dystopian societies are quite on trend. nothing wrong with it, i enjoy anything well written with a captivating plot <3

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  16. Wow. What an interesting, deeply complicated story. Adding it to my list!

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  17. I read this book years and years ago (like 15 probably) and don't remember much of it, but reading your summary has me convinced I need to read it again. Funny how a book's meaning can change for you over the years :)

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  18. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to check it out! :)

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  19. We read this in school and it's definitely one of my favourite books, I loove dystopian novels (I also loved "1984").
    xx

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  20. cool;)
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  21. I am in love with your header! Loved your blog and will come back for sure! I find it very inspirational...

    Oh, I just started following you on GFC and Bloglovin by the way! Hope you come by my blog sometime too! Would love to know what you think about it, and maybe follow me back if you like it? We can also follow each other everywhere else;)!

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  22. I'm always looking for a good book to read so thanks for sharing this!! :) Love your blog, dear!

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  23. oh wow... great review, didnt want to read the whole thing here as I am triggered to read the book, I am currently on "a spot of bother" by mark haddon. thanks for sharing!
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  24. Going to have to check this book out! Thanks for sharing

    xo Mel
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  25. I've read a couple Atwood books and I wasn't her biggest fan, but this is such a classic I know I have to pick it up at some point...

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  26. wow it looks like such an interesting book!♥ I'm excited to read it even if the story is sad!

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  27. Great book and blog !
    Would you like to follow each other ?

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  28. Never heard of it before, but you got me interested! (especially because you read it in just one day :p)

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  29. this book sounds very interesting, maybe in the weekend i'm going to the mall so i'll chack this book!

    anyway, have a great day and happy halloween!

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  30. Thank you for sharing this, I never heard about this book, I'll check it out next time at the bookstore :)

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  31. Great book and lovely blog. Will you like to follow each other on GFC? xoxo
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  32. I don't read many books but i'd love to try this one :)

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  33. Had to read this for school 2 years ago, so well written and emotional. So gorgeous
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  34. This is one of those books that I would have skipped over because it wouldn't look like something I would be interested in, but having read your review I'm already hooked, I have to read this book! Thank you so much for this review, can't wait to read something that sounds so thought provoking

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