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“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

“Hunger Games”, “Divergent”, “The Maze Runner” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”. What do they all have in common? They all tell the story of dystopian societies. You know what else? This genre is very popular today (stating the obvious). Atwood’s novel however was written way back in the year of 1985.

Let’s go off subject for a second. What was the world like during that year?? Microsoft released the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0, Compact Discs were introduced to Americans (you know, the form of music that used to be sold at music stores which are becoming obsolete like video stores), gas was $1.09 average a gallon, that was the last year the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl, my brother and I were sporting the Jim McMahon ‘do, and we were living in Hawaii. Oh, I miss you tropical paradise.

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June 25, 2195, “The Handmaid’s Tale” describes a dystopian society that centers around surrogates that preform the childbearing duties of the barren wives for the leaders of the new government of “The Republic of Gilead.” With the previous corrupt government overthrown, the new regime attempts to right the wrongs by reverting back to a biblical based system. Jobs, bank accounts, and any possessions are taken away from most women and they are forced to lead submissive roles to men. The misdeeds of the men and women before and after the formation of the new government, were written on a sign that dangles over the necks of the hanged perpetrators who are perched on “The Wall” for all to see. One of the misdeeds includes “gender treachery”. I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.

The story follows a handmaid by the name of Offred who was given to a Commander as his future childbearing surrogate. We read her story of what happens when she was seized by the new government and her new life is like within the confines of this dysfunctional society.

This book was ahead of its time. The central figure of a woman who isn’t interested in playing along with the new dystopian society goes quite well with the novels I’ve mentioned in the first paragraph. Along with being on my list of 1001 books, it was included as Good Reads, “50 books that will change your life.” I for one enjoyed reading it but not to the extent that I would include it on my top fifty as of yet.

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Introduction

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

“There’s no crying in baseball!”

“Here’s Johnny!”

“I’ll have what she’s having.”

“I see dead people.”

 

How long does it take many of you to come up with the answer to which movies each line originated? Great!! Do you remember the time when you first watched the scenes from these movies? Maybe it’s like last nights lasagna leftovers which tastes even better the second time around. Quick bonds are made once you find you have this love for a movie in common. I have had some interesting conversations with random people just because I was wearing a Harry Potter shirt. We enjoyed our experiences so much it too hard to contain the excitement. Can’t wait for someone to know when you say “My Precious” they respond “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!” from “The Lord of the Rings.”

I love to read and many times I have that same itching desire to share my thoughts and experiences with others but it’s often easier to find someone who has seen the movie “The Life of Pi” than actually read it. So I chose to blog about my experiences and send it into the world to find others to share it with. Technology baby!

Why not choose books at random instead an already preordained list? I like that the list bounces around to many genres, it covers centuries of novels from the classics of “Alice in Wonderland”, to the more obscure like “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”. Not only that but the authors span the entire globe allowing for the reader to get a taste of the written cuisine each culture provides. I am sureĀ “The 1001 books to read before you die” left out a few novels that some people would argue deserves there. I would be willing to listen to those suggestions and blog about your favorites as well when I take a break from focusing on the aforementioned list.

For those new to bookinthroughbooks for the past year I was writing on Google’s blogger and am switching over to WordPress. Blogger was a great starting point for what I needed which was basically to write my thoughts and post a few pictures. Almost a year later I still am dedicated to my goal of reading all these great novels and sharing it with whomever and I want to upgrade what I can do to my blog. Starting to feel like MySpace but cooler. To those who followed bookinthroughbooks.blogspot.com I hope for you to follow me to WordPress and that the format will make your reading experience more enjoyable including some added features and hopefully commenting will be much easier.

If you didn’t know what movie belonged to each quote. Here’s the answers. In sequential order.

  • “The Silence of the Lambs”
  • “A League of their Own”
  • “The Shining”
  • “When Harry met Sally”
  • “Sixth Sense”