Handmaid's Tale, TheAtwood, Margaret
A visionary novel that looks to the future of the human race and a world radically changed. Offred, the handmaid, learns how to survive in the repressive, post-holocaust Republic of Gilead. Ominous references to the "time before" points to present-day society.
Comments from GroupsHigh scores from us - still as chilling and not as dated, as those who had read it long ago, had imagined. Clear, evocative, detailed yet spare writing. Plenty of relevance for discussion. A 'classic'. Auckland 063 Simple to read yet difficult to digest, this book polarised our group, but we all found it fascinating and it provoked intense discussion. How would we respond as women in that situation? Could something like that happen in New Zealand? Auckland 248 The book was generally well liked by all members. We had a good long discussion about it - very thought provoking about womens' rights. Cambridge 005 No one could actually 'enjoy' this book, but it certainly led to heated discussion which was most stimulating! Taumarunui 003 Thoroughly enjoyed by all except one. Definitely ahead of its time - it would have been good to read it when it was originally written! Hamilton 022 Everyone enjoyed the book and agreed it was very well written and worryingly 'possible'. Some were shocked to discover how old the book is! Bream 001 Whew! What an imagination, and such insight.... We really tore this one to bits. We didn't 'enjoy' it as such, but it really made us 'think'. Murchison 001