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"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

Hi Everyone, 

Welcome to my latest book review. This time, I'm looking at "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. 

The book describes a dystopian world (good little phrase), where as a result of a war, it is determined to invoke a rule where women are made to be breeders (basically) and serve a master until they bear him a child then they are moved on to another until they can no longer bear children. Or at least that is the jist of it from what I could tell. 

There were a lot of flashbacks to what appeared to have been 60's/70's/80's America and what life was like for the main charcater of Offred before she was forced to become a handmaid. To be honest, the shifting back and forth between what was happening to her at the time and the flashbacks was just a little too much to keep track of and there were a few times when I considered putting the book down and not picking it back up. That said, the book is actually compulsive reading, especially when the action seems to pick up the pace and you get more of a handle on what it is that is happening. 

So, while I think the book has a slow start and takes its sweet time in getting going, the final pick up of pace and the action makes for a good book and I really wanted to know what happened next by the time I got to the end of the book. 

I would read the book again at some point, maybe in a few years, so for that reason, I give "The Handmaid's Tale" a 3 book score. If you haven't read it yet, do so. I haven't watched to TV programme as yet, but I might just do so now!

Enjoy, and always, keep reading!

 

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