Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale ( The Handmaids Tale #1), Margaret Atwood

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By: Margaret Atwood

Published: 1985

Length: 311 Pages

Rating: ⭐


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, 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…


I just couldn’t do it. This was my goal book for the year. And it took me nearly the year to read it. After the big hype of the Series on Hulu, last year I got myself a used copy of the book. I Dnf’ed last year and came close several times to repeating that. But I told myself,

” There has to be something in this book. Everyone raves about it, just keep going maybe it’s in the next chapter.”.

There was nothing in any of the chapters hence the reason it took almost all of 2018 for me to trudge my through it. This is not the first of Atwood’s books that I have read but it may be the last. I can not connect with the writing style of her past or newer works. I can not in the least bit.

I love the premise of this dystopian world. I mean it’s disgusting but intriguing to the fullest extent. I just don’t feel that it was captured or portrayed as well as the synopsis leads you to believe.

The flashback scenes which intermingled with the present time often left unclear as to when they start and end. The transitions to and from where just downright awful. The explanation of how all this came into its role Republic of Gilead was bleak at the most, with just a quick it just seemed to happen flashback.

I wasn’t drawn to the characters in anyway. This book was just a NO for me in every way.

I am just beyond baffled that I also found out when prepping this that a second book is in the works, set to be released  September 10th 2019 called The Testaments.


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  1. Yep her books are like that so far for me also. I read the Handmaids Tale last year and it was staggeringly confusing. Afterwards thinking they all couldn’t be like that I read Oryx and Crake. Her writing style in those two books are similar. Almost as if she is there remembering and telling it to a stranger. I still want to read MaddAdam and Year of the Flood the stories are 2nd and 3rd to Orxy.


      1. I’ve tried reading The Odyssey as an adult, and it was awful. Months of trying and failing. It’s not a good story for the modern day. But, this one was supposed to be award-winning and great. It just doesn’t look like something I would get into because it’s too strange and too old-fashioned.


  2. I loved the book! But I appreciate that every reader has a different palette. Maybe if you give my two reviews a read you might see why I loved it! I also love the dystopian world but I think it was portrayed excellently. It’s very interesting to read the perspective of someone who didn’t like this book, good piece!


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