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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Handmaid's Tale, 18 Jan. 2003
This book is a powerful post-Apocolyptic dystopic text. Margaret atwoods immense skill as a writer is demonstrated in this novel with great effect. It is full of intrigue, feminist politics, sex and conflict, throughout the text is littered with emotional turmoil and a wonderful stream of consciousness. The characters and their attributes are enthralling and although written many years ago, issues raised in this novel are, on occasion, frighteninlgny relavent in todays society. The book tells the tale of "offed" and how she is thrust into a world where she is forced to procreate to prevent the collapse of the human race, her and many other handmaids. Her struggle for freedom and how she is sucked into this world and her own mind is altered by the regime of "Gilead" is tantalisingly written by Atwood, the desperation of "Offred" and her battles is one of the many themes in this novel that compell you to read this text and to discover, does she break free from this opreesive patriarchal society, or does it draw her in and turn her into one of "Gileads" many minions of the cause, the only way to find out is to read this book and you shall not regret it!
Matthew. Age 16 A Level student studying this novel.