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Book ã The Handmaid's Tale 314 pages Download ✓ ➻ [Reading] ➽ The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood ➰ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of wPlayed with and protected her daughter; when she had a job money of her own and access to knowledge But all of that is gone now Funny unexpected horrifying and altogether convincing The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire dire warning and tour de force Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a tale of terror as well as a warning The dystopian future she describes in Gilead which appears to be centered in Boston due to the reference to Mass Ave and the town of Salem is chillingly misogynistic where women are reduced to strict categories Martha for housework and cooking Jezebels easy to guess right? Eyes Angels soldiers for the state infertile Wives and potentially fertile Handmaids It is beautifully written with lots of flashbacks of Offredthe protagonist's name of how things devolved into the horrors of her present It is disturbing because it exposes the politics of reproduction and male sexuality taken to extremes of violence that are shocking and yet probably seemed one possible future during the Reaganite 80s when she wrote the book and now feel like the world of which Michael Pence in particular and perhaps Paul Ryan but most definitely Steve Bannon must dream Could things so change as uickly as she describes in the book? Let us hope not #resistIt is certainly the most explicitly feminist dystopian book I have ever read It was thought provoking cover to coverAll in all a very well written feminist text that should serve as a clarion call for defending women's rights to maintain control over their own bodies and lives now and foreverJust found this article about my last point hereDrumpf's sexist violent tweet against Morning Joe and the escalating attacks against reproductive freedom are moving the American experiment dangerously towards Atwood's Gilead #resistApparently there are also changes at the CIA that bring the spectre of Gilead a little closer In another note I just got Mona Eltahawy's Headscarves and Hymens which is also on subjectAny of my review readers want to tell me whether the Hulu show about this book is worth my time or not?UPDATE I have watched the first two seasons of the Hulu series and am hooked That being said I have watched 5 episodes of S03 and been disappointed For those who may not know only S01 is based on the book The other two seasons are new writing but with Margaret Atwood supervising the writer's roomI am uite interested to know if anyone has already read the seuel that was just published in September 2019?
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Th and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because in an age of declining births Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable Offred can remember the years before when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she edited from a paper I wrote in college about the bookIn 1986 when Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale Ronald Regan had declared “Morning in America” and society was going to renew itself by returning to the old values The Christian right in its infancy at the time was rising in reaction to the Free Love and the horrors of AIDs The 1984 election gave us Willie Horton and a reminder about how violent and evil society had become Finally even though Chernobyl happened shortly after the book was published the Union Carbide disaster in Bopal India was still fresh in the headlines—a reminder that even the air is not safe It was not hard at the time to extrapolate the ultimate end that this cocktail of fundamentalism conservatism violence disease and disaster would bring but what Atwood could not know is how much of her novel would become reality in the worldAmazingly twenty years after it was written there are elements of the story that have become true—perhaps not in the United States where the story takes place but throughout the world The most obvious first connection is with many of the issues regarding women’s rights and religious fundamentalism that are taking place in the Middle East It was shocking to read in the book that the initial attack on the US Government was blamed on Islamic Fundamentalists though the story was written after the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing and the massacre at the Rome airport While this kind of terrorism was only in its infancy Atwood’s insight is almost prophetic in the book When the Murrah building in Oklahoma City was bombed the initial reaction by the media was to blame Islamic terrorists when in fact—like the novel—the terrorism was homegrown The scale of the attack that took out the US Government in the novel is also eerily similar to the attacks of September 11 2001 Reading this novel in the post 911 world can send chills down one’s spine the novel includes suicide bombings at checkpoints restrictions of rights in the name of safety blind patriotism and an overwhelming belief that there is only one true religion and deviants from this should be killedWhile George Orwell’s 1984 is often referred to as an insightful perspective on modern society whenever someone puts a video camera on a street lamp or the government begins referring to negative events with positive doublespeak Orwell’s world never materialized in full and likely never will materialize to the degree he created Instead it is Atwood’s distopia seemingly outrageous at the time it was written that became reality This novel should serve as a cautionary warning about the result of any extremist view taken to its logical conclusion—the Taliban is proof that society cannot dismiss the notions of this book as outrageous and extreme They have proven in the last decade a plausible end to the error of letting fundamentalism in any form guide one’s society
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The Handmaid's TaleOffred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a mon 52219Looking back on my original review it reads as uaint compared to the draconian state laws recently being passed my state of Ohio being one of them Make no mistake this not about ‘life’ it’s about controlling women If you can’t decide what happens to your own body you do not have freedom This is about bodily autonomy Women have the RIGHT to legal and safe abortions with no ualifications The fact that the narrative has gone to ‘in cases of rape and incest’ is troubling Rapeincestlife of the motherhorrible birth defectsyou’re young single and not readyyou have five kids and can’t afford it doesn’t matter This is a medical procedure and pregnancy is a risky condition it can cause death Every woman has the right to decide whether or not they want to take that risk PeriodMen don’t have anything that compares to this No law is forcing them have vasectomies or even denying them their bonner pills7717 I'm just going to leave this here fuck Paul Ryan but not literally ew Sleeveless women? My stars and garters033117 So this Russia thing Am I right?2517just another giant step towards making this book a reality like they always dreamed ofOriginal review written in 2o12WARNING This review is being written after I worked a 13 hour day with another one on the horizon tomorrow and a glass of wine and while watching the Rachel Maddow show Current events have put this book on the forefront of my mind and damn it I got to get this out I have never written a review on The Handmaid's Tale because I love the book and it is so hard to write about a book you love Ehh what the hellOfFred was a normal everyday woman with a career a name a life like all women have come to expect and take for granted in this age When the Religious Right came into power they began to put into practice their insane beliefs which strip women of their identity their rights their body their very name Women are to be called Ofwhatever asshat they belong to instead of say Beatrix Reproduction is an issue because all the toxins in the environment have rendered many women infertile But if you are fertile woe to you you get to be a baby factory against your will get promised to some jerk you don’t love or even like because someone deemed him important enough to breed Oh come onThis book was written in 1986 FYI I thought it was scary and sort of possible when I first read it but farfetched This could NEVER happen in the United States of America Never would it be allowed to happen here we are too educatedSoI turn on the news in twothousandandfrikntwelve and certain religious factions on the right are trying to defund Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions which is only 3% of what they do with NO federal going towards them Mostly PP provides healthcare to women who wouldn't get it otherwiseicky poor women Now it’s birth control? Seriously? Birth control??????? Did I wake up in 1950? Am I stuck in a Atwood novel? 98% of Catholic women technically I’m one of them useused birth control Even they are asking WTF? I’m not sure what these people are trying to do There are women than men and we voteunless that’s the next right on the chopping block There have several updates to this review that I have removed to make room for the next what follows is the most recent one It’s been nearly a week since the unimaginable happened and I had to let the shock wear off before I could put a coherent non rage filled update on this review Not that I don’t have rage I have plenty to spare but I think it’s now at a level that is manageable enough for me not to just type out a string of obscenities That being said Update 111416 An unualified racist xenophobic sexist pathological liar psychopathic reality star was elected to be the 45th president of the United States and the leader of the free world FUCKThe United States has officially shat the bed Few foresaw it but in hindsight it was coming down the road for a very long time The United divided States voted for Hillary Clinton on whole popular vote by over 2000000 votes and counting millions are still out in California for example yet Donald Trump is our president elect gag due to an antiuated electoral college system which I could explain but I’m not because Google can do that better than I can Now I’m all for ditching the electoral college unless the electors decide to do what it was intended to do under this circumstance; to save us from ourselves See our founding fathers knew that we would fall for some con artist demagogue at some point in the future so they wisely created the electoral college a group of actual human beings trusted upon to stop such a calamity I implore the folks of current electoral college recognize this election as a collective loss of sanity of less than a uarter of the population of this nation and on December 19th put their votes towards the popular vote winner Hillary Clinton I realize that this is unlikely but one can dreamHow did this happen? There are many factors involved Lots of opportunity for pointing fingers and fighting amongst ourselves which I will admit to being a party toguilty But in my opinion what it boils down to is these four things Division misinformation apathy and fear of the ‘other’ Division We are all in our own comfortable bubbles digesting the information we are most comfortable with For example I never believed there was this much hate it this country because I didn't want to look at it; I knew it was there of course but not at the level that it appears to be Everyone wants to live where they feel they belong Amongst those that are like minded and reaffirm your very rightness Liberals don’t want to live in Indiana or Ohiosigh any than a conservative want’s to live in Washington state We even do this in our social media as well guilty again This is what messed us up with the electoral college Misinformation I am not going to tell you who’s right or wrong here I’ll let this study speak for itselfApathy HalfHALF the country didn’t vote You guys suckFear of the other This country harbors racism than I can comprehend The white people in this country seemed a little angry about the black man in the white house and the white men were staunchly determined not to have a woman white or not follow him I don’t mean all white men just too many of them chill “The advantage for Trump among men is larger than the 7 point advantage Romney had in 2012 and much different than in 2008 when men preferred Obama over McCain by a single point” PewResearchCenter But then there are the white women 53% went for Trumpoh my sisters I have no wordsWhich brings me to the reason why this update is relevant to this review and to this book for those who tell me that my opinion is unwarrantedagain Is the United States a racist country or a sexist country? America has spoken at least the ones who cared to speak and the answer is “a goodly amount of both” but in this election sexism won and women lost