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AliceATT writes about The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood


Book: The Handmaid's Tale.
Author: Margaret Atwood

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

This is a classic story of a totalitarian society. If you like 1984 or Brave New World, then this book is for you.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I first watched the film of this in about 1989. I was still at school so quite young.

Recollection and revelations

I watched it by chance one night, probably because my parents were! I was addicted quite early on in the film, and find the idea of this sort of society fascinating in a horrific way. I guess it is stories like these that make me value my freedom so highly.

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Highly recommended

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"It's great to be a thicky!"

Lostinthought recommends this writer on Ringworld
"Excellent piece on the book and author."

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"Couldn't have said it better myself, and didn't!"

Paulg1974 likes this wry take on Crime Traveller
"Things like this can only be made due to the unique way the BBC is funded..."

darrenhf liked this personal account of Red Dwarf
"Red Dwarf is part of a marriage now."

Sourdust appreciated an analysis of Invasion of the Body Snatchers
"Exposes the shallowness of the lazy critical orthodoxy."

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