❝Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.❞
Why did I wait so long to read this!? THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood is a mesmerizing landmark dystopian novel of religious state against women. It follows the story of Offred (not her actual name which is now forbidden), a handmaid in the new Republic of Gilead whose sole purpose in society is to conceive and bear children for the families who cannot. The message that Margaret Atwood delivers with this book is just as powerful as it is disturbing because of the many references made that could very well relate to current times and issues. Her book serves as a cautionary reminder that civil rights are hard-won and easily lost.
❝ It isn't running away they're afraid of. We wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge. ❞
As terrifying and eerily misogynistic as this was, I was absolutely hooked from the first night. It's easily one of the most explicitly feminist dystopian stories that I've ever read. Margaret Atwood paints a realistically detailed and bone-chilling picture, warning us with her words and you can't help but auto-visualize and be transported into Offred's world where her role is fixed and her freedom is a forgotten concept. This book was thought-provoking cover to cover and is haunting my thoughts even as I write this review. Could things really change as quickly as it's described in the book? It's a scary thought.
Details matter to Margaret Atwood, and Offred's tale is presented with such sharp precision and a deep compassion that leaves you wanting more and more. She is a compelling writer, ahead of her time in many ways, and I am now obsessed. I will definitely be checking out more of her books so watch this space for more recommendations and reviews!
To all the women out there, you are strong, you are worthy, you are bad-ass! Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
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