The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 038549081x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingelizardbreathwing of Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on 1/29/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Friday, January 29, 2021
I purchased this online earlier this month because I finally ordered The Testaments and wanted to reread this one first.

Journal Entry 2 by wingelizardbreathwing at Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Friday, January 29, 2021

Released 12 mos ago (1/29/2021 UTC) at Bella Vista, Arkansas USA


Ugh. I can't do it. Maybe it's just a mood I'm in but I'm about 82 pages into the book and really need to just be done. It's depressing me and, more than that, it's making me angry at our stupid society all over again.

If you know or follow me for any short amount of time, you'll find that I am nowhere near a Feminist. I despise most of what the modern Feminist movement in America stands for. I won't rant my reaction to this book in this regard here, as I've already done so here: The Handmaid's Tale . Actually, it's not all bad. I say some nice stuff too! Ha!

However, reading this again last night got me all fired up again about our political situation, in general. Page 24 houses the following quote:

"There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it."

Ugh. That is exactly what our government is trying to do to us and so many don't even see it. They're going to save us from every single big bad thing...and pretty soon we're all going to be living as the people in the Handmaid's society do---maybe not the exact lifestyle, but the same principle. Given a choice between freedom to and freedom from, the freer choice is always freedom to. The determining factor in freedom to is that you make the decisions...the determining factor in freedom from is that others make them for you.

Another thing that has me fired up is a quote I read from Margaret Atwood yesterday when I was reading some quick bio info. She said the driving question throughout her writing of the book was this:

"If you were going to shove women back into the home and deprive them of all of these gains that they thought they had made, how would you do it?"

Are you kidding me? This is the idiocy of the Feminist movement. Shove women back into the home? Please. I have more freedom and peace and time to pursue my own education and interests as a homemaker and a stay at home mom than I EVER had or would have outside the home. How is working a job for someone else and building THEIR empire better and freer than helping my husband at home building our own? Women who think this are living a lie---I'm sad for them.

Ok, now that everyone reading this probably hates my guts, I think I'll stop ranting and package this up to send off to Queen72 for the wishlist tag. May you have deep, emotional responses to this story. Ha!

Journal Entry 3 by wingQueen72wing at Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Friday, February 19, 2021
Thanks for sharing, elizardbreath!

Journal Entry 4 by wingQueen72wing at Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Friday, July 9, 2021
I read this book in anticipation of the Hulu series and let's just say after I read this book, I had no desire to watch the series. The book was torture for me and I was happy when it ended. I was impressed with the author's ability to make the Gilead era timeless and was surprised to see it was written in 1985. I'm happy this book is off my TBR list.

Released 6 mos ago (7/10/2021 UTC) at Hobbs Orthopaedic & Sports Therapy (HOST) in Hobbs, New Mexico USA


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