I just finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale last night and I have to say it was a little anticlimactic.
The story revolves around a newly reformed America in which women have no rights and are essentially breeders, otherwise known as a Handmaids. Offred is the narrator of the story who herself is a Handmaid.
A friend recommened this book to me and I finally got around to reading it. I don’t think Margaret Atwood meant for the story to be extremely dramatic. It was more so of a…..read between the lines type of deal. I looked at the reviews for this story and a lot of women said it was disturbing and to be fair it was. But it was also interesting. Like Fahrenheit 451 I think you can apply this concept to modern day society. Even though women have come a long way there are still situations where woman are seen as less than or as objects.
On the other hand, the way the story was told was confusing. There were times where Offred was toggling back and forth between her past life and current life so abruptly. Plus a lot of the dialogue had no quotations so I wasn’t sure who was talking or where a character’s line ended. Although the plot is fascinating to think about the way it was told was somewhat dull.