MARTIN WILSEY

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    READING: A HANDMAIDS TALE

    This week I read  THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood.

    Here is the description from Amazon:

    The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

    The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

    I read this book about 30 years ago. With the popularity of the TV series and all the discussion about it, it was selected as a book club discussion title. I confess I like it less than I did in the mid 1980's.

    --I guess I like to be entertained in my scifi these days. Escapism. I found myself bored.

     

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