Rating – 4 stars
Atwood’ A handmaid’ tale is a book I have heard about so many times and yet failed to comprehend the horror it could invoke. Based in a distant future in the Republic of Gilead, Atwood’ dystopian novel paints a horrifying picture where women have not only lost all rights and freedom but have also been stripped off of their identities with their names.
I don’t need to narrate the plot here since its already known what I can share is my reaction, my opinion for this book.
Atwood needs no introduction and it’s the first time that I have picked up any of her works, something which I had been meaning to do for a very long time now but somehow never got a chance to.
To say I was repulsed, intrigued, angered and disturbed by this book would be an understatement. It’ sad that even now in 2013, years after this book was published it’ content and subject seems just as relevant if not more. With the increasing number of crimes against women, it strikes a chord.
I am moved beyond words by Atwood considering when I start thinking about this book all I can think of is the horrible scenario that’s around these days. Not a day passes when you can read a newspaper or tune into a news channel which lacks any sort of an article, a story where a woman has been violated/murdered or been through some or the other horrible experience.
I am honestly at a loss of words to write more about this book.