A Handmaid’s Tale

A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, published in 1986 by Houghton Mifflin, is a dystopian novel told through the experience of Offred, a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead.

The story is told in well-written prose and imagery, but probably not entertaining to most readers, because there are so many disturbing elements to the tale. It is an important read for anyone interested in gender studies or contemporary society, but the difficulty of reading such a complex work comes through reminders that like the veils the handmaids don, human experience is garbed in veils of deception. Technology and social structure allow (almost dictates) most of us ignore the reality of injustice and the plight of the human condition.

As a species, we tend to look less favorably on members who do not grasp elementary ideas that become common knowledge. Today…

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