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The Handmaid's Tale

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IBelieveTheEarthIsFlat Sat 27-Aug-16 14:43:18

Have seen it mentioned quite a bit on the Feminist threads. Anyone read and would you recommend? I don't tend to read much fiction so only really want to tackle it if it's unputdownable. Ta

CMOTDibbler Sat 27-Aug-16 14:47:54

I'd recommend it, but it's hard to know if I'd describe it as unputdownable though. Disturbing, thought provoking - absolutely.

Needanewhome Sat 27-Aug-16 14:48:32


FlamingoFling Sat 27-Aug-16 14:51:57

Great book - agree not necessarily "unputdownable" but there is certainly tension and a sense of suspense. It's very thought provoking.

RalphSteadmansEye Sat 27-Aug-16 14:53:02

Yes, absolutely! It's a gripping story but also fascinating in its themes: religion, gender politics, language and power, class...

Do give it a go.

IfTheCapFitsWearIt Sat 27-Aug-16 14:54:32

I've only seen a tv/film thing many years ago. I would recommend it on that.
In fact I might read the book myself now. I was probably late teens early 20s when i saw it. I probably missed loads of things that will stand out like a saw thumb to me now.

Becles Sat 27-Aug-16 15:12:55

It's an amazing book

TrionicLettuce Sat 27-Aug-16 15:16:12

It's one of my favourite books, I love it and did find it impossible to put down the first time I read it. I still re-read it (and listen to the audiobook) on a regular basis.

Definitely give it a try!!

willconcern Sat 27-Aug-16 15:16:55

It haunts me.

IBelieveTheEarthIsFlat Sat 27-Aug-16 15:29:21

Oh thank you. Will order it now

FixItUpChappie Sat 27-Aug-16 15:32:50

One of my favourite books of all time cake

OurBlanche Sat 27-Aug-16 15:44:02

Oooh! I wonder why I have never read it?

I have quite a few Atwood's and love them all. I like messing with my sense of time/reality by reading one Atwood followed by and Amy Tan.

Mmm! I can feel a book purchase or two coming on.

Madbengalmum Sat 27-Aug-16 15:46:59

Aaah yes, i remember reading it a long time ago at ALevel and really being creeped out by it. Great book.

RalphSteadmansEye Sat 27-Aug-16 17:13:08

You won't believe just how prescient Atwood was when she wrote it. Scary stuff.

2legit2knit Sat 27-Aug-16 17:14:59

It was 'unputdownable' for me. I loved it.

sycamore54321 Sat 27-Aug-16 17:17:35

If you like audiobooks, there is a version narrated by Clare Danes who is an excellent reader. I highly recommend it. Like others, not unputdownable but a good thought-provoking piece of literature, all the more remarkable when you consider how old it now is and how relevant the themes still are.

Ohlalala Sat 27-Aug-16 17:52:17

I personally don't think it isn't one of Atwood's best books but it looks like everyone would disagree with me! (Still think it is good but some of her other books are even better)

Ohlalala Sat 27-Aug-16 17:52:34

* don't think it is

IBelieveTheEarthIsFlat Sat 27-Aug-16 19:08:57

Audiobooks is a fantastic idea thanks

FixItUpChappie Sat 27-Aug-16 22:23:19

if you love it and become a fan of Atwood - don't miss out on Alias Grace which is also phenomenal IMO

elephantoverthehill Sat 27-Aug-16 23:45:19

An excellent book well worth reading. It's not unputdownable but more I have to stop reading to think about that.

Sadik Sun 28-Aug-16 11:03:58

Brilliant book - I don't actually like much else of Atwood's stuff though, other than The Edible Woman.

MsAmerica Mon 29-Aug-16 00:53:36

One of my half-dozen favorite books!

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 29-Aug-16 00:55:52

It is fantastic, very thought provoking. Still read my annotated copy from my A level days, almost a decade on.

EBearhug Mon 29-Aug-16 00:56:08

You won't believe just how prescient Atwood was when she wrote it. Scary stuff.

Hasn't she said there's nothing in it which hasn't happened somewhere in the world at some point?

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