This wasn’t supposed to be a review of the novel because at first, it was going to just be a mess of thoughts and quotations that I liked but then I started to write and it just ended up organized like my reviews.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
I really liked reading this book and in the beginning, there was a section about Atwood’s past and I thought that that really added something to the novel.
Sometimes you just read a book and know it’s going to change the way you see the things happening around you. I knew this before going into the book and yet it’s still changed me. Sometimes that might sound cheesy or fake but I mean it in the most honest way I can mean it. I’m already a woman who doesn’t want the world to turn into a misogynistic hellhole where women are treated worse than they already are. I guess you could call me a feminist in the literal sense of the word, not what many people perceive it to be.
This book is about the struggles women face when everything is taken away from them. I can’t think of a thing that they are able to have without someone watching them or having it with the fear of being killed for it. In this dystopian society, the threat of death looms over everyone’s heads. No religion is safe and no gender is safe.
I really liked the main character Offred. She was an educated woman before the totalitarian government took away all of her freedoms and once she found out she wasn’t excited to become her husband’s property. I don’t blame Offred for never acting out or trying to see those that she had lost because she was being threatened with death. If anything she had a case of Stockholm syndrome and that’s not her fault, so can you really be mad at her when she does something you don’t think you would do.
I really wanted to mention one of my favorite quotes from this book and that is “A man is just a woman’s strategy for making other women.” This quote is not only humorous but one that made me feel something while reading it. I don’t often stop reading to mark a page or underline a quote but in this case, I had to.
This book doesn’t really have an ending. I say that because the author doesn’t tell you what happens to Offred in the end. Atwood leaves it up to the reader’s interpretation of the story to predict how she lived or died once the book was over. I generally don’t like this in books and while I can’t say I was happy to see it end this way, I’m not that mad.
I’d highly highly recommend this book to anyone because it’s not only educational it’s an interesting read about what could potentially happen to our society if we continue down the path we’re on. I would probably say that waiting until at least high school to read this book would probably be the smartest idea as there is some stuff in the book that is a little risqué.