Aug 24, 2012

The Handmaid's Tale

I'm still processing this book in my mind right now even though I finished it exactly one week ago.  So I'm not going to go into severe detail except to say that this novel by Margaret Atwood is a haunting dystopia where the focus is on women's rights.  If you like dystopias, read it.  Read it now.

The current political climate made this book all the more haunting.  The absolute insane crazy bananas statements about "legitimate rape" and female bodies being able to fend off evil sperm to prevent pregnancies are terrifying, even if they've since been apologized for.  Regardless, people still believe similar notions.  Reading this novel while these fights are going on was a chilling experience. 

I could rant about this to no end, but I'll leave you with this:

1 comment:

  1. Yes. I've not read this book since high school, but it was very good. I had a similar feeling reading Hilary Jordan's When She Woke last year, another dystopian book that strips women of reproductive rights.