Wednesday, July 21, 2021

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

 Margaret Atwood. THE HANDMAID'S TALE. McClelland & Stewart, 1985, Emblem, 2017.


My first time reading this Atwood speculative novel. Took it slowly, 50ish pages per day. All internal dialogue, which the mock historical notes at the end indicate are transcriptions from old over-taped cassettes. The dystopian society is built/reproduced in detail, with not a lot happening outside the authorized sex (troilism), the illicit sex, the suicides and hangings. Such a believable nightmare, with the Underground Femaleroad and the codeword MayDay (m'aidez) symbols of hope.




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