Journeyman Reads: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood where have you been all my life? If you loved this book as much as Journeyman did, give us a “M’aidez!” in the comment section! That’s only going to make sense if you’ve actually read the book so get off your seat cushions, get your nose into a bookstore and pick up a copy of this fine-ass piece of literature.

This is the part where the boys get all pissy at the idea of reading such a dainty book, what with its feminine cover art and teasing tittle. Well, your ignorance is showing and for that you have earned yourself one free smack-across-the-face-with-a-hard-cover-copy-of-Pride-And-Prejudice. Because that’s all it’s good for. If the world comes to an end and we’re sat in a library deciding on which tomes to turn into charcoal, Piss & P-, er, I mean Pride & Prejudice is the first to go. Come near Atwood’s work and Journeyman will paper-cut you to death.

It’s so easy to fall in love with Atwood’s writing style. She delivers plot twists in a way that surprises you while making you feel like you knew it all along. Red Herrings everywhere. Her descriptions of dystopian universes are so light and easy to sink into. Come the last page you will still have no idea what happened to make that world so tits up but you’ll know all you need to know about how it affects the main character.

This story is not sappy at all. At the start it’s easy to expect a typical ‘happily ever after’ but it doesn’t happen that way. This tale is a dark one.

M’aidez!

Journeyman’s Rating: If it has Atwood in the credits, you will f***ing love it.

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6 thoughts on “Journeyman Reads: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

  1. I loved this one and have read it twice. And almost all of her other books once. 🙂 I still thinks it needs to be made into a movie, again, but done right this time.

    Kate

    • I haven’t watched the movie but you make it sound like I should wait for Hollywood to have a second crack at it. With a story this good I’m sure they’re just waiting for the right time.

      • They took out the flashbacks and her friend at the training center, which were essential parts in explaining the storyline and the history of what had happened to the country. The casting, acting, and directing all left a lot to be desired as well, so it was not good enough, in my opinion, to represent this novel.

        Kate

      • You can never expect too much from the screen adaption because it will ever be as good as the print version…except for Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’. Frank Darabont, the director, got it spot on.

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