Book Report: Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood


The Handmaid’s Tale

I am not a big fan of classics or books which are older than me. (Yep, anything before 1993 doesn’t make sense to me.)

I just am not, it’s hard for me. I think there are an only limited set of classics that I have even given a chance to.

This, The handmaid’s tale is one of them only because of Tania Deep, my friend. She has been asking me to watch Handmaid’s tale series for so long now I don’t even remember and for me to watch the series I first had to had to read the book.

And so I did.

I wasn’t disappointed either but not too impressed but yes it did make me want to watch the series.

I am also kind of scared to watch the series.

Let’s first talk about what The handmaid’s tale is about?

What is the handmaid’s tale all about?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because, in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, the money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

My review of The Handmaid’s Tale

This book was one of a lot of firsts for me.

  • First Margaret Atwood
  • First Adult Dystopian novel
  • First 2018 classic book

The fact that the book was written in 1998 and predicted a future which almost looks real, scares me. Also makes me feel as if Margaret Atwood is some kind of psychic. Not even kidding, the story is multi-layered but very thought-provoking, a very scary realistic book.

Laying out some points as to why I would want you guys to read this book?

  • The writing is exemplary, it is detailed, surreal. It almost feels like something is crawling under your skin and you can’t do anything about it.
  • I would say the storyline is simple yet it talks about so many things that would make you start thinking of a lot more things, the situation of the world, where we are leading to and what are we becoming.
  • The detailing of the story.
  • The characters will stay longer with you.
  • The story will hang with you, haunt you, make you think about it even after finishing it for almost a month. The book almost felt like a black mirror episode to me.
  • Ms. Atwood highlights many important issues and offers a great deal of social commentary. There were so many important topics that she touched upon that I can’t even begin to list them.

Why is this book not for me?

  • I read for all shallow reasons, mostly to be entertained¬†and to be lost, I want books to slowly bring in the horror of reality ūüėõ This book does nothing like that to you. It is what it is.
  • The language. As I have mentioned, classics are not for me.
  • The storyline even though very powerful is slow at times and I¬†just don’t know what to do when the story is not moving– I almost was going to put away the book and start watching the series.

So that is all, even though the book brought in a lot of emotions and made me think- It wasn’t a solid 5 star for me. I now am eagerly waiting to¬†watch the series.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Mridu <3


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  • Anonymous
    May 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I watched 4 episodes of the series and then all of a sudden decided to the read the book. After completing the book, I think the TV series has very perfectly captured the essence of the story and maybe even surpasses the book!

    • Mridu
      May 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      I think so too. Even though I haven’t had the time yet to watch the series the trailer spoke to me more than the book.

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