While I'm not quite finished yet- it is an amazing piece of literature with beautiful narration- but I have to stop and say as I've said before to many authors that insist on adding a scene of animal cruelty- If the author reads these reviews, I'd like her to know that the scene with the cat was completely unnecessary and only takes away from the story- does not add to it.
I am not sure why this is considered Sci-Fi. it is mostly horry. Certainly should not be read by anyone who might instill it literally. Atwood does a masterful job of making women's existence meaningless and yet unbearably needed. I can't say I enjoyed the book, to dystopia for me. It is one I won't forget. Certainly, we are more, we have evolved, but I can see this happening so easily that it scared me.
Rereading this terrifying novel, Margaret Atwood's nightmare novel is definitely one of my all-time favorite books.
Claire Danes is pitchperfect as the narrator and deftly reads the narration with clarity and simple emotion.
Atwood's imagery is charged with disquieting beauty.
Danes seems to effortlessly slip into the voice of Atwood's protagonist, while also clearly differentiating voices of other speakers in a way that allows the story to flow for the listener.
Not all men are evil, and not all religious people are blasphemous. But this book depicts how scary and disgusting the extremes of both can be.
Top 5 - the performance and story were equally enjoyable.
The Ceremony or the hanging at the end.
A truly disturbing look into a future that could be. The performance is well done, it felt like she was talking directly to me and sharing her tale.
inhabits this book!! Atwood must have written it with her performance in mind. I teach this book in 12th grade English, but only this year did I listen to the book as my refresher prep instead of re-reading it. Why not? I've always been a Claire Danes fan since "My So-called Life." She was brilliant. There were passages that I played for my classes because Dane's delivery elucidated the author's intent perfectly. If interested, there's a youtube video of her recording the book, Behind the Scenes with Claire Danes.
Danes does a great read, and from reading reviews on goodreads, the spoken performance might be easier to understand than the book, but saying would give some of the plot away so I won't. The story is excellent, thought written about a terrible dystopian world (that is downright eerie in its prescience, when you realize it was written in '84) so sometimes the story feels terrible. The ending is classic Atwood-- brilliant and unexpected, leaving the reader with lots to consider.
This story was such a disappointment. If not for Clair Danes performance I don't think I would have made it to the end.