I was hooked on The Handmaid's Tale TV adaptation, but I had never read the novel. I had read the Blind Assassin many years ago but found it was a bit hit and miss, so I didn't rush to read any more of her novels.
I happened upon a copy of The Handmaid's Tale in a charity shop and thought it was about time to read the original source material. I was delighted to see that there was a new author's introduction which helps put into perspective the TV series, the response of readers over the years, and the relation to current events.
The writing is engaging, and I can hear and picture scenes from the TV version. It's interesting to notice slight differences in details that bring to mind Cold War era parallels which pique the interest of my history student days. I haven't finished reading the entire novel, but was so eager to write a review in part to chastise my younger self for not having given this book a proper chance many years ago! I hope to encourage others who may have held off on reading it. Although it is a dystopian world she creates, I really like Atwood's style and voice. It will soon be time to seek out more of her novels and wish that I had borrowed more of my flatmate's collection of Atwood books when I had a chance!