Margaret Atwood imagines a future where all people have a preordained societal position in her award-winning novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, first published in 1985.
The book provides a scathing comment on what happens when a select few holds absolute power over a country’s people and when the line separating church and state has been abolished. Atwood beautifully illustrates the power hope has for those who have had everything else taken away. One walks away from reading The Handmaid’s Tale with a clear understanding of a person’s innate capacity for hope and the love that encompasses it. Perhaps it’s the reason why Atwood leaves the ending fairly open-ended. Needless to say, The Handmaid’s Tale is a must read.
Rating : 4/4
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