Have you ever read The Handmaid’s Tale? You absolutely should. In the two days I’ve almost finished it; this book is absolutely mesmerizing and impossible to put down. The story is about Offred, who is a handmaid, or a girl given to a family to give them children. Through Offred we not only learn about her life as a handmaid, but also about how Western society (the story seems to take place somewhere in New England-Boston is mentioned as not being too far away, and they are less than a day’s drive to Canada) came to become the ultra-conservative society it is in the book, and Offred’s life beforehand.
Women in this society are completely controlled. They have no power, cannot work, own property or have money; they are not even allowed to read or write. Women are either daughters, wives, handmaids or “Marthas” (servants), and their roles are completely within the house. Eyes watch their every move, and disobedience is threatened with becoming an “Unwoman.” Suicide is so rampant that anything that could creatively be used to kill yourself is kept away from women, especially handmaids.
Right now I’m at the part where she meets up with Moira, her long lost best friend. I like Moira; from what we’ve learned about her so far she seems pretty awesome. I’m curious to see how this meeting goes.
Have you ever read The Handmaid’s Tale? What did you think of it? Any other good books to suggest? Let me know in the comments below!