The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 038549081x Global Overview for this book
Registered by lauraloo29 of Edmonton, Alberta Canada on 10/31/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, October 31, 2014
This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Journal Entry 2 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, October 31, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (10/31/2014 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada


Sending to Alerion as part of the HGG Group. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by Alerion at Haarlem, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I have it in my hands finally. The small card arrived about a week and a half before the book and I was wondering if I missed something in the post as I was not at home for a small period. Thanks a lot lauraloo!!! You improved my week :)

Journal Entry 4 by Alerion at Haarlem, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I loved this book. It is the story of a handmaid, a girl who is assigned in being fertile to make babies. In the society of Gilead, somewhere in North America. That society is based on men and strictly structured in casts. The highest cast are the Commanders, who are mainly men that played a role in the "revolution", as our Handmaid is living in the first decades of the new regime. Women are not allowed to work or even read and they are classified into Wives (of Commanders), Handmaids whose only task is to make babies and Marthas who do the housework.
A dystopian story written in 1986, that can be compared to George Orwell's 1984. A strong scenario about how things can get. The general idea of the Gilead society is following the old good principles following tradition and the Bible. Interestingly, this does not sound as a new and absurd idea. It comes up one or the other in discussions about how our current society has deteriorated. Margaret Atwood describes an extreme situation that a whole is definitely fictional but it is a collection of small details that by themselves can be present in current societies around the world.
Although I would have liked the end to be more detailed and give more information about ex-Offred, even the way it ends is a magnificent writing trick. The more I read books of Margaret Atwood, the more I admire her writing.

Journal Entry 5 by Alerion at Petten, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Released 5 yrs ago (5/25/2016 UTC) at Petten, Noord-Holland Netherlands


A friend wants to read this book and I am so happy to be able to give this interesting book to a book lover.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Petten, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, September 1, 2016
Got it from Alerion. Best read of the year so far, and one of the all time best.

Journal Entry 7 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Alkmaar, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Iauraloo29, thanks for sharing this book and show me this platform. I used makeshift shelves in Brussels, Napoles and Alkmaar to exchange books but this is the first time the book I read has an online record.

I borrowed it from a colleague and at Christmas it goes to Barcelona, ​​to one of the people I love most since my childhood. She is a great reader, someone that will appreciate this fascinating story.

And,...there is already another booking afterwards, a kind and relentless lady I met on a plane to Sevilla. V.D., thanks for your time and kindness!

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