The Handmaid's Tale - Book Review

The Handmaid's Tale - Book Review - Incredible Opinions

The Handmaid's Tale  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Author - Margaret Atwood
Publisher - Penguin Random House

Never read this book before and never heard of the TV series either but the cover of the book is the sole reason why I grabbed this one.

I have read books which remain with me for some days or weeks but I've never indulged myself in reading one which has emotionally drained me to that level. This book is unequivocally compelling and dreading at the same time.

The narrator, Offred who is a handmaid in a republic of Gilead and whose duty is to borne a child of her Commander, wants her story not to be read but be heard. This book takes us back to the time after the American Civil War and a totalitarian era where women have no rights to individualism. The women should be subservient to men and the state. There has been a decline in birth rate so some women are ordered to serve as handmaids to those above them.

Margaret Atwood has a power to persuade the existence of such a misogynist state and it is too terrifying to even think if this really exists. Her writing is so different yet compelling. This is definitely one of the most unambiguously feminist dystopian book I've ever read.

I can't wait to read her "The Testaments" which seems to be the sequel of this.