Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale


Title – The Handmaid’s Tale  (Goodreads)

Author – Margaret Atwood (Goodreads)

Published – March 16th 1998

Genre – Classic; Fiction

Summary – 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… 

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When people ask me what I read, I say pretty much everything. However, I will admit I do not read a lot of classics.

So I wanted to read more classic books this year. The Handmaid’s Tale is my first feat.

With Hulu creating it’s own series based on The Handmiad’s Tale book, it was an easy pick.

So I borrowed a copy from the library and it kinda sat on the pile for a while…

The hardest part is starting, right?

Well, finally I cracked it open. And it wasn’t the mountain I made it up to be.

The Handmaid’s Tale was a pretty simple read. I surprised myself how soon I got through it.

The only thing is there is no quotation marks where I’d expect some. Not sure why that is. Also, it flips back and forth, from before everything happened to “present” time.

But when these things happened it only took me a few seconds to get my balance.

I won’t get into theories or themes or symbols. You can find many other sources that talk about these things. What I base my review and rating on is my enjoyment while reading.

Next, I suppose I will be open to watching the Hulu show. I’m just super worried it won’t be as good as the book (what reader ever is not worried about this, right?). But I’ve only heard good things about the show so I think it will be fine.

If you are worried, this Bustle article tackles the similarities and differences of the book vs. show (warning, spoilers). Looks like the changes they did make were for the better!

I haven’t heard anything much about a season 2 yet. The reason I bring this up is because I was definitely not prepared for the cliffhanger at the end! The series should be able to continue some open questions!


In case you were too lazy to read all that.. 🙂

Last Words:

For my first classic of the year, I’m glad it was very simple to get through! I enjoyed the read and I’m ready to dive into the Hulu series.

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