The Handmaid's Tale
by: Margaret Atwood
I decided to once again embark on a reread of a book I read years ago but left a huge mark on me. (See my other "reread" review of 1984 here.) I wanted to see if it held up--especially considering what is currently going on in the country politically, and the fact that there is about to be a Hulu series based on this book.
I have to be honest--the first time I read this, I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in immediately and loved the story. It was intense, but it was so far-fetched that I just couldn't get enough of this INSANE world. This time was harder for me. Over the years I've become an empath (or, rather, I've always had that trait, but I've just recently started reading about it and understanding myself better) and given the current state of affairs in this country and how I've been feeling, this was a hard read. In fact, throughout my reread of this novel, I slowly realized there was no way I'd be watching the series on Hulu, at least not anytime soon.
Having said all that I DO think it's an important book to read. It really shows how easily things can get out of control. I just hope that in a few years I can still say the book is a work of fiction and didn't end up being a preview for things to come.
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