52 Books: The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale: well, this was quite a diversion.  It was a combination of hearing Hulu made a show out of this and reading that it is now a bestseller on Amazon–those two things piqued my interest.  And when I picked it up last Friday, I couldn’t put it down.  It’s an incredibly savage story that, despite being published in 1985* and having dated references to technology, politically and sociologically, it’s very on point in regards to current events.  And while books like this and shows like The Man in the High Castle are clearly fiction, never forget that there is a sizable population in this country that actually wants to live in these worlds.

* Published in 1985, meaning Atwood finished writing it in 1984.  No doubt she meant this on some level to be the women’s version of George Orwell’s book.  And it oozes with that feeling on every page.

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