The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was definitely not to my liking. I am still wondering why and how it was included on the Top 150 list. Might it have been widely read? Beats me!

This is a futuristic novel which describes a ghastly change in the U.S. as we know it. Using first-person narration, Atwood speaks in the voice of a woman who belongs to a select group of women in red garb who are still capable of reproduction. These women are farmed-out to powerful couples unable to conceive children of their own. The concept was so bizarre and abhorrent to me that I struggled to read the book.

With hopes of a happy ending, I made it to the conclusion which left me all the more dissatisfied. As stated earlier, this genre is among my least favorites. I would only recommend this novel to someone who enjoys this type of thought.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Wombs

  1. alison41 says:

    I read the novel when it first came out – approx over 25 years ago & its current popularity is due to the fact it was serialised for TV. At its launch it was regarded as avant garde and daring, shocking actually. I remember finding it depressing. I don’t intend to re-read it!

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