The Handmaid’s Tale has been on my TBR list for a long time. I’ve always wanted to read it, but for some reason, there was always something else to read first.
Maybe it was for the best, for when I started watching the tv series which is inspired by the book, I only knew the basics of the story, as I obviously had heard about the book and its contents.
I think watching the tv series first helped me in facing this story.
As I read Offred’s account, I could imagine a face, as well as for the other characters, even though many aspects in their physicality is different in the book.
I won’t go into a detailed description of what the book is about because everyone should know. This book should be mandatory at school. It’s not something that might happen in a distant future if we don’t act blah blah. It’s something that has already happened, and it’s happening right now.
I fell into the pages of this book immediately. The way it’s written allows you to be one thing with Offred, as we go through her story.
The ending was a wise way to let the readers make their own decisions, whether we want to believe that there might be hope or not.
Now that I have read the book, I am very curious to know how the tv series will continue, in a path not already marked by the book. For once a tv series that does justice to its source.
Some of my favorite quotes include:
“Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.”
“You might even provide a Heaven for them. We need You for that. Hell we can make for ourselves.”
“Humanity is so adaptable, my mother would say. Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.”