The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (EPUB, PDF)
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.
The Handmaid’s Tale
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, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
After reading ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, I can see why this dystopian classic has made such an impression on so many. This is a book that definitely hangs with you, haunting your thoughts, long after you finish the book. It is thought-provoking and terrifying.
Consider The Handmaid’s Tale an almost physical experience. Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news – a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone-chilling, cruel, unaltered truth and nothing but the truth.
A wonderful hybrid: a book that is eminently readable, but packed with fascinating and thought-provoking ideas and symbolism. I would recommend The Handmaid’s Tale to readers who like dystopian works, especially novels with social commentary. I’ll be thinking about Offred and Gilead for a long time to come.