I absolutely loved this book. It’s been on my to read list for years but I never seemed to get round to it. Then I realised I’d better read it before the new TV series of it appears, and it seems timely as *everyone* seems to be reading or re-reading it due to scary times in the USA. (e.g. women are hosts comment from US politician. Urghhh)
I knew a bit about the plot before I started reading The Handmaid’s Tale. I knew it was about women of reproductive age being controlled and I knew of the famous handmaid outfit. I didn’t know any other details and I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m not going to give away any spoilers here (if there’s anyone left who hasn’t read it yet) but Offred, our narrator, is telling us about her role as a handmaid.She describes her life, along with how she ended up as a handmaid, and what she was doing before the religious, military coup took over the USA. Offred is her current handmaid name – we never find out her original name (I assume so we can better imagine it could be us).
The only negative (and it’s a small one) is the strange end chapter. It’s written as a speech, 200 years later, by an academic discussing the find of the Handmaid’s Tale document. Just a bit weird. I suppose it served to give us extra information about the Commander, made us realise the state wasn’t going to last forever, but largely I felt it was pointing out things that were pretty obvious from the text. Still, it didn’t ruin the ending, or take away from my enjoyment of the book, it was just a little bit odd.
In conclusion, if you haven’t read it, go and read it now 🙂 Can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up.
P.s. looking forward to this!