By Margaret Atwood
Anchor Books, 1985
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
I’m pretty sure this book is on every “Adult Books for Teens” list I’ve seen. As I was reading it, I was a bit surprised at some of the racier parts because of that. It was interesting and really good for discussion and analyzation.
What I noticed was that I felt like I was reading something that took place in the future, but some of the references to technology and such were so dated. I wonder how books written now will seem when I am older. Secondly, I noticed a lot of Biblical references - something I really wanted to talk about at the book club meeting that I read this for.
It was interesting hearing what stuck out to other people - the biggest thing was gender issues.
Has anyone else read this? What did you think? How old were you when you read it?
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 words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month 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 played 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...