With the sequel arrived in 2019, after the first book published in 1985 ,I thought I would just brush up the handmaid’s tale, so I read it recently
Most of the people already know about it and have read the book so I thought I would just do a post on why I’m obsessed with this book rather than a review
Margaret Atwood calls this speculative fiction,which can be utopia or dystopia, this one is a dystopia but different from other books here,the central character remains a woman,not as a wife or a lover but as a woman,who remains hopeful and empathetic even after she lost everything,her family,her life and even her name.
She goes by ‘offred’ which indicates she is ‘of fred’ the commander Fred or she is ‘offered’ to make progeny for him.
Throughout the book her subtle heroism shines through like after the ‘ritual’ which is basically a rape, she thinks ‘this it worst for her or the commanders wife’.
Also she empathise with the commander and her friend Moira,for whom she expects to tell a better story but she can’t.
And her hope – when she applies butter to her skin in the hope that one day she will be loved again.
The book ends without her whereabouts but we do know that her story survives
“If it’s a story I’m telling, then I have control over the ending…
But if it’s a story, even in my head, I must be telling it to someone
You don’t tell a story only to yourself. There’s always someone else. Even when there is no one”
For me the unbreakable spirit of offfred make this book a must read,this may be a fiction but if you really think about it women go through alot in many houses and that is no less pain then what offred goes through.