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The ex factor...

paulg1974 writes about The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

1986

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

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

It's up there with the other great dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World, but with the feminist persepctive.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

Must've been in hte late 90s

Recollection and revelations

I was introduced to it by my (now ex) wife who liked Attwood generally. After reading overwhelmingly male books like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World and A Clockwork Orange it was refreshing to get a different take on what would be important and what would constitute a dystopia.
Tried watching the film adaptation too, but found that quite a dismal watch. It's a shame Attwood denies that she writes science-fiction.

Before this...

1984

The original and still the best.

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Highly recommended


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