Step away from the red nun squad

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My book

A pretty book cover, isn’t it? The woman on the front strongly resembles a nun, doesn’t she? Well, that is a running ‘joke’ all the way through the tale. Published 1985, this is a very current book (although it has still seen more years than I have) and is 324 pages long despite looking relatively thin. And no, she’s not a nun. She’s the opposite.

The Handmaid’s Tale was compulsory for my Literature class to read, but I admit being a bit excited to look at it. It was probably my first peek into the world of American fiction (discounting novels aimed at teenagers or younger such as Twilight). A book with character, I’d call this.

I watched the film adaptation only after having read this. The film’s not as good, in my opinion, but I rarely think films better than the books they are based on.

The story

Oh, how young and innocent I was. The Handmaid’s Tale genuinely shocked me. The thing begins with a Bible quote; it almost lulls you into a false sense of security. Alright, by the standards of most romance novels, what features isn’t even that strong, but it astonished me, nonetheless, that this somewhat controversial book is compulsory reading in some schools.

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