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[ books ] 'The Handmaiden's Tale', M Atwood (half way through) - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
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[ books ] 'The Handmaiden's Tale', M Atwood (half way through)
Reading The Handmaiden’s Tale, which was very overdue of many years -of course the world is not short of books of world-gone-wrong dystopias, but this is something else and nearly if not in the league of ‘Nineteen-Eighty Four ‘. Well, I’m only half-way through so it could go.. ‘wrong’ is surely the wrong word as the story has precisely gone as wrong as it could be. Unimaginably so, one would like to say … but unfortunately there’s quite a few places in the world where that dystopia of women’s oppression, of extreme alienation and political repression in the name of religion and virtue, is the daily reality.

As for the writing itself, it is very well done and gripping. Of course there seem to be enormous holes in the plot but that somehow doesn’t matter -or it hasn’t mattered to me thus far.
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androktone From: androktone Date: March 14th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might also like her Year of the Flood, which she wrote maybe 30 years afterwards.. more complex and thickly woven whereas the Handmaiden's Tale was more a sketch.
I think what I like about it was that she is a mainstream author doing science fiction and she is completely uinashamed!
pitufina From: pitufina Date: March 14th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great book :D
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