Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: March 6, 1998
Format: Paperback, 311 pages
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 have been wanting to read a Margaret Atwood book for the longest time and just never managed to actually pick it up and read it. One of my friends had wanted to read this book and I picked it up to give it to her as a gift, but then I ended up keeping it. I’m glad I did! Although this book was not mind blowingly amazing, I really did enjoy it. It dealt with some interesting issues and showed a world I hope will never become a reality. My heart broke for Offred throughout this book- imagine not knowing what happened to your daughter or your husband.
This book is definitely worth a read. It was written really well and as I mentioned deals with some interesting issues.