My rereading though ended up being a little disjointed as I was trying to finish off a number of competing contracts at the time as well as prepare for a ten-day trip to our warm Top End. This review may be similarly disjointed!
Earlier this year the book returned to bestseller lists, which Atwood attributed in part to concerns about the election of President Trump. Most recently, the novel has been adapted into a part Commentary margaret atwood series starring Elisabeth Moss, to be released by Hulu this month.
A radical Christian conservative movement has staged a coup, shooting the US President and Congress and placing the blame on Islamic fanatics. This justifies declaring a state of emergency, suspending the constitution and censoring newspapers. The radicals establish a Republic of Gilead in what was formerly Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Handmaids are women whose ovaries are still viable. Reduced to their biological function, symbolised by the red habits they are forced to wear, Handmaids exist purely as breeding vessels.
Each is the property of a male Commander, emphasised by their names. Men who progress high enough in the hierarchy of Gilead are also assigned Wives who wear blue and Marthas who wear green. Marthas, named after a Biblical character, serve as housemaids and cooks.
Wives, who are usually sterile, enjoy a higher social status than both the Handmaids and the Marthas, but their lives are still subject to extreme restrictions including the ban on female literacy.
Caught attempting to escape to Canada, Offred we never discover her true name was sent for re-education at the Handmaid Training Centre, and her memories are dominated by mourning for her lost family.
Despite such memories threatening to plunge her into despair, Offred recognises the crucial role they play in preventing her from completely succumbing to the control and demands of the new social system.
As well as showing us how problems in the present can lead to a dark future, it also, crucially, insists that change is possible.
Offred herself is not a particularly active member of the organisation, though she does benefit from their intervention when her life is in danger.
Nevertheless, she demonstrates her own form of resistance by seeking both knowledge and a voice in a system that would deny women either. Such communication can have lethal consequences. Natasha Richardson as Offred Bioskop Film, imdb The power of female storytelling is a central theme of the novel.
Trapped in Gilead where women are prohibited from reading and writing, Offred nevertheless constructs her story in her mind. By imagining someone listening, she clings to the hope of a different world, a different life: These recordings are the focus of the Twelfth Symposium of Gileadean Studies; and a partial transcript of the proceedings forms the last word in the novel.
But the section also stands as a warning. Offred herself acknowledged in her narrative that any historical account — including her own — can only ever be a partial reconstruction, even if the narrator has personally experienced the events: Perhaps it is this insight that still speaks to so many readers, female and male alike, in the 21st century.Sep 24, · Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.
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