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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel like I'd really be able to appreciate this book if ..., 16 Oct. 2017
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I feel like I'd really be able to appreciate this book if it hadn't been one of my set texts for A-Level. As is the norm with studying great books, you end up totally despising them. I can't bare to read 'The Handmaid's Tale' anymore, mostly because it seems to trigger my PTSD. I tell you, the only thing more harrowing than 'The Ceremony' that Margaret Atwood writes about, is discussing the practicalities of 'The Ceremony' with your 60 year-old English teacher, who won't stop making uncomfortable jokes.
'The Handmaid's Tale' is a fantastic work of literature, masterfully constructed by one of the greatest authors currently alive. After studying it for 2 years, I'm apologetic in saying 'I hate this novel', but this is through no fault of the book - this is simply the outcome you have to expect when a group of teenage boys are forced to discuss 'symbols of menstruation' with an uncomfortable, part-retired woman.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, shocking, menacing, 19 Sept. 2017
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Oh wow! What a book; I'll be thinking about this extraordinary story long after I've finished reading it. Grim, disturbing, shocking, menacing I had a horrible sense of foreboding every time I picked it up wondering what harrowing circumstances those poor people would have to further endure and the ending just created more unanswered questions and left you wondering about possible scenarios on so many different levels. I couldn't put it down though; this will be hard to beat and it kept me gripped from start to finish; it will be hard to find a book equally as enthralling for a future read.
The book describes a dystopian world where many women have been left barren by nuclear toxicity in an area of North America named Gilead; consequently the new regime forces fertile women to live with the families of high ranking officials in order to provide babies for the elite. It is a terrifying world where women's rights have been taken away from them, for example it is a crime for them to... Read more

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, thought-provoking book, 19 July 2017
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This review is from: The Handmaid's Tale (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
I read this ahead of the new TV series and it's such a page-turner (which is weird for a book where the story is mostly going on in someone's head). A brilliant, thought-provoking book. Margaret Atwood deserves huge book sales, post the TV series.

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