This book has a really interesting premise, where modern life is halted and everyone is governed by religion. The traditional ideology is unapologetically brutal to women and those who dare fight against it in any way. You follow Offred and see the world through her eyes, as well as her memories of her past life before Gilead. You ask so many questions along the way, and you think you'll get an answer, but for some of it you don't.
The last chapter of the book is the main reason I didn't give the book 5 stars. But I will admit I'm the type of person that likes to have closure in their stories, so the open-ended mystery of Offred was a bit unsettling and abrupt.
I loved this book, though I could have appreciated a bit more action. Sometimes it felt like it dragged on a bit and info was given that seemed relevant but wasn't really. A better explanation as to how Gilead came to be would have been cool too. However I can appreciate it for being the classic it is. The social narrative is horrifying.
Scary to imagine this ever being reality- these days anything is possible...
Loved the performance by Claire Daines! I sometimes tire of the narrator and need a break before the end of the book, but not this time. I loved every second of her reading.
I've heard about this novel for years & spent the weekend listening. The first 3-4 hours really dragged & I thought about giving up on it. It is dark & depressing & well written. It is scary in its believability of something like this happening in society. It certainly has its place. For me. The news is scary enough & im tired of women's oppression. In summary. A well written, disturbing, believable novel.
I love Claire's voice. I am completely dumbfounded by this tale. Set in the future, one I do not wish to ever see. I think I have to listen again before book club discussion!
I loved listening to Claire Danes narrate this unnervingly sadistic tale of a society that takes religious and moral values to the extreme. Clearly, morality is in the eye of the beholder and the multitude of players needed to reflect on the irony of their own morals.