This review is a must read! I remember being terrified after reading this novel years ago. The danger of an authoritarian regimen is closer now than ever before here and in Europe. When far-right religious dogma and white supremacist combine, their goal is to deny human rights, science, culture, education, and democracy, so aptly brought forth in a very realistic presentation in this telltale book. via https://aviewtoabook.com
I read this novel many years ago, and after reading it once again, I found it to be even more relevant in today’s political climate.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a horrifying dystopian account of what life would be under repressive, rightwing fundamentalists who have taken over the government. Atwood’s writing is sparse, but elegant. In this world, women are disenfranchised, indoctrinated and controlled by watchers. The fictional Gilead, the new republic, endeavors to supplant the population with white only children. Women of childbearing age are farmed out as breeders to the Republic’s Elite Commanders who, under direct supervision, have sexual intercourse with the women after a Bible reading ceremony.
The narrator, Offred, meaning she is of Fred, who is her commander, remembers her life from before in various flashbacks throughout the novel. She had been the mother of a daughter and married to a man she loved. They…
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