What a long title for this post. I better make sure my post is longer than that I suppose.
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
I found the book incredibly disturbing, and I can’t say why. I am not usually affected this badly by dystopian literature, and while 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are equally horrific, this book seemed to have an added emotional impact I can’t put my finger on.
It tells the story, in the first person, of Offred. Offred is a precious national resource in the (not too)-futuristic theocracy of Gilead. She is a “handmaid”, which means she is little more than a slave, kept for her ability to breed.
It is a good book, but not easy to read.
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