The Handmaid’s Tale

laurendane:

So I’m going to be giving away three copies of Margaret Atwood’s magnificent and sadly prophetic THE HANDMAID’S TALE AT MY BLOG  today. This had been something I was considering until I read the comments to the reviews at Amazon. Those comments about women wasting their breeding potential with careers and “hordes” of others “outbreeding us” convinced me to go ahead and give away not just one, but three copies.

For details on how to enter, click the link above and it’ll take you to my blog…

In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

I read this book back in college. THT is a chilling version of a future I could only have imagined back when I read it the first time. And now? Well, I try to stay away from politics in general here at my blog, but I have a daughter and I can’t be silent anymore. Women are not property. We are full and whole citizens who have control over our bodies and through that, we can make choices not available to generations before us. Those choices have broadened our lives and the lives of future generations of women.


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