‘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’
Offred is a Handmaid. She has only one function: to breed. If she refuses to play her part she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. She may walk daily to the market and utter demure words to other Handmaid’s, but her role is fixed, her freedom a forgotten concept.
Offred remembers her old life – love, family, a job, access to the news. It has all been taken away. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire.
I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about this book. Most people raved about it, but a few of my close friends said they didn’t enjoy it, which made me wary as I usually trust their judgement… THEY WERE SO WRONG.
But aside from it’s feminist outlook, this book is just genuinely brilliantly written, and it should be absolutely compulsory reading for anyone living in today’s society… so yes, everyone.
Can I also just say how brutally unfair it is that there is no way of seeing the new TV series of The Handmaid’s Tale in the UK?! If someone knows of some magic way of getting around this, please do let me know because I’m desperate to see it!
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