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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Handmaid's Tale: A NovelSummary: The world has been taken over by a religious order that strikes to make things perfect. Women and men are put into certain positions where they serve this new world order. One position is the handmaid, a woman that serves a family, producing children for the elite and godly of the bunch. This is her tale, and the tale of the women she once knew, and the women she knows now.

My thoughts: I really enjoy dystopian, and this was an interesting novel, but it was truly, truly messed up. I really wanted to like it a lot more, but it lagged a lot in a lot of different parts. This isn't to say this novel isn't interesting, and isn't a great dystopian tale, I just feel that a lot of things were thrown to the wayside. I feel that we could have learned a lot more interesting things if the main character (we never truly learn her real name) hadn't been so random. She tends to think of a lot of random topics and muses on them for several moments, before she comes back to reality and thinks about the topic at hand. Sometimes, she'll begin speaking of a topic, begin to randomly muse and then go back to her old topic. This makes this book a bit distracting. It's a great concept, but it's not greatly executed.

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