I read and listened to the book. I love this book. I don't love Claire Dane's voice so I gave it 4 stars. That's ok, it was and is still an incredible book.
So good I listened to it 2x in a row. Read it in high school but wanted to revisit it 25 years later. It means so much more to me now. It's one of the top 100 books of all time, in my opinion. Enjoy
Margaret Atwood creates such vivid and real scenes with her brilliant writing and Claire Danes delivers such a believable retelling of the story. it is a match made in heaven
Top 5, easy.
I have two: the narrator because I could not help but identify with her and want her freedom for her. She is complex and honestly written; I love her.
The second is a spoiler. So stop here if you haven't finished.
My second favorite is the professor in the historical notes/afterword talking about the book as an artifact, for a number of reasons. I hate him. He so casually dehumanizes the narrator, remembering her forever as her title, the Handmaid; and does not seem to feel anything about her tale. He makes it clear that the academics of the future have not learned from the disaster of Gilead. At the same time it seems clear that native peoples of North America are dominant in this far future, which suggests the author has avoided the noble savage trope. I hate him and that is the victory of this book: the reader is told there is no happy ending - only the possibility of change. The professor's culture is not the Utopia to Gilead's Dystopia. It is a different kind of total sh*t.
The first scene in the bathroom when Offred is alone; it is a grotesque and beautiful love letter to death.
Don't mess with perfection.
This isn't a casual listen. If you vacuum while listening you'll miss something
Claire Danes is amazing as narrator, and made me excited to listen to this every chance I had! My only complaint is the ending- I hate the "historical note", and wish it had just ended and the end (you'll understand if you read/listen!)
Bookkeeper, Wife, Mommy of one - listening to keep me in the loop.
This book absolutely gutted me. Told from the point of view of a normal person swept up in a time of political upheaval, I saw myself. Unlike most dystopian novels, this isn't about the daring underground hero or even the reluctant but competent resistance... it's an everyday person, not so different from you or I. And this story is only a small extrapolation from our current political state. It resonated profoundly with me. Highly recommend.