The Handmaid’s Tale [book, by Margaret Atwood]

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

I really enjoyed this dystopian tale and am looking forward to how this will develop with sequel, The Testaments.

Without giving too much away, it’s a story about women in a future where their choices are taken away. It’s set in USA, the free world, so of course as you follow Offred’s journey and find out about her life and where she comes from you have this feeling like everything is so unfair. However, as I read through the story, I considered the lives of women/womxn in countries where their rights are not a given, where they are not free to drive a car, to have their own bank account, to work… and that’s not some dystopian fictional future… that’s happening now… today… So I read this with an uneasy feeling that although it was fiction, it could very easily be a reality, and though it is fiction to me, it is not fiction to other unfortunate people.

All in all though, it’s a great read and at its very essence is the human spirit’s desire to be free and have hope, no matter the circumstances.

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