Say something about yourself!
Atwood's Tale is a classic. In a not too distant future (it was published in 1985), parts are the United States are controlled by a quasi-religious, quasi-military totalitarian faction that gained power after some unknown catastrophe. Vague references to nuclear fallout suggest the catastrophe was the bad result of an nuclear arms race but the ultimate result was to render much of the population infertile. As a result, fertile women, like the book's protagonist "Offred," have been pressed into service as a walking womb, doomed to bare children for the powers until she goes barren and then is discarded.
Atwood's glory is her portrayal of the hypocrisy of the "Gilead" government, best scene in the brothel that Offred visits with the general.
Dane's performance is poignant.
I would be very very hesitant to read another book by this author. I thought that the author was written about the the 1940's but then realized the setting and period of time was Damn If I Know. Unfornately, I thought if I kept reading it would clear the muddy water but the water just got to smell like a rotten bucket of old fish. I think I will ask for my money back on this one. Spent a lot of time disappointed, confused and wasted.
I need some beach book listening from Nora Roberts.
I love reading realistic books from the 1600's, 1700's etc and leaning about the past through entertaining books but this book not only missed the mark it couldn't find the mark.
Frustration, confusion and discomfort were the perdominate feelings I felt.
I normally don't enjoy dystopian books and I regret listening to this one. It was depressing and sickening. I'm a fan of Homeland but Claire Danes is not an especially good narrator.
I enjoyed parts of the story, but found it annoyingly vague. I don't think I have read anything else by this author, so this could be typical of her. I like stories neatly tied up at the end and this certainly wasn't.