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review 2018-12-04 06:40
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I’m pretty sure this book is supposed to make me feel a certain way, but I got nothin’. Maybe the relentless news cycle for the past several years has left me numb. Maybe I can’t look at this type of dystopian fiction objectively since seeing it described as white people being treated the same way we’ve treated people of color throughout history. Maybe it’s the narrative style, which is not one of my favorites. Maybe I’m just really grumpy lately. Whatever the reason, I’ll be the odd one out among my bookish circles as the one person who didn’t love this book.


On a side note, my Kindle edition threw the Rate This pop-up at me when I got to the Historical Note, and I wonder how many people stopped there and never realized the story wasn’t over. Heh.

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review 2018-05-19 15:45
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition - Margaret Atwood,Claire Danes

I've put this off long enough, I think. I've been procrastinating in writing this because I wasn't sure what to rate it or how far to go. I hadn't read this before, so I felt I ought to finish it even when I discovered how much I didn't like it.


Now I've read some Atwood before, but I still expected more from this. It's so well known that I thought it had to be well-written. I thought it would be the exception to my previous Atwood experiences (Alias Grace and Oryx and Crake). I thought earlier Atwood had to be better Atwood. Not so much.


It's not that I hated it. It failed to evoke any emotions in me stronger than annoyance and exasperation. I was bored. The narrative felt stilted and awkward. I don't care that it was a literary device. It just tried too hard.


I guess that's what you need to do to gain literary acclaim: be really obvious and awkward with your craft. You know, wink at your critics while giving them a little nudge too. And be as tedious as you possible.


Atwood can keep her "speculative fiction" label since I'd consider this bad science fiction, despite the opinions of many of my friends.


Honestly, 1984 feels like such a breath of fresh air after The Handmaid's Tale...


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text 2018-05-11 22:58
Reading progress update: I've listened 175 out of 727 minutes.
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition - Margaret Atwood,Claire Danes

Am I the only one who finds Margaret Atwood's writing to be tedious?

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review 2018-04-30 16:49
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition - Margaret Atwood,Claire Danes

Since I'm practically the last person on the face of this earth to read this book I'm not even going to waste time doing an overview. I've been digesting this book for over two weeks now. I listened to the audio performance and I thought that might've had some effect on my feelings about this book so I went back and actually read parts of the book that I was conflicted about and I still feel the same way.


We were given the story soooooo slowly and piecemealed together based on whatever Offred decided she might or might not throw out there and I felt like I was pulling teeth trying to get the full picture. I seriously felt like I needed to jump to the end of the book to see if I could get a clearer picture of the entire story and then come back and read the beginning.


Then on top of that, there weren't any clear separations in the audio so it was extremely hard for me to tell if Offred was having flashbacks or if those scenes were happening at that moment. Needless to say, I got off to a very rocky start.


It wasn't until over half-way to three-quarters in, that I finally started actually enjoying the book and then - it just ENDED! Omg, I was so freaking mad. I could not believe it. I absolutely hated that ending! Yeah I got the gist


that she escaped


(spoiler show)

but I do not like having to infer an ending. It drives me nuts! I like to know 100% that yes, this happened or no, it didn't happen. Not to mention, they never did tell us what happened with her family- or did they and I missed it?? 



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text 2018-04-15 05:30
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition - Margaret Atwood,Claire Danes

I finished this book the other day and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. I have several reviews I need to write. Looks like tomorrow is going to be a review day for me...

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