I listened to the entire book so I could legitimately give a review. At 75% done, I was aching for it to end. Thankfully the plot does wrap up, and the final chapter was inventive. Second book I've read of Ms. Atwood, and second disappointment. Not my cup of tea.
book was wonderful, but could have gotten a little slow in some areas, if not for the wonderful narration. Claire Danes did a fantastic job of maintaining texture and depth in the flash back and lost in memory sequences. very glad I invested in audio version of this book, as it improved an already fantastic book.
This book was published in 1985? That is crazy especially for how it foreshadowed events to come in history, an example being the impetus for suspending the Constitution, which heralded the creation of Gilead. WOW! I recommend reading and staying with this book. It will make you uncomfortable at first but don't let that dissuade you from continuing the journey. My only let down was the abrupt ending and therefore being left without closure. Not that I can think of a better way to end it. I'm glad of the last chapter as a sort of ending from a future that seems to point to an understanding of Gilead as a social experiment gone mad. The fact that past tense is used at least brings some comfort to the reader that this regime didn't last. But of course it couldn't, or could it? That's the scary part. That and of course more...
I thoroughly enjoyed Dane's performance. She brought the story to life and used her voice to become the characters. My trip ended before the book and I was pretty let down that I had to wait a week to find how it all ended.
This author is an excellent writer and I get sucked into her books, but because her stories are speculative fiction with dark undertones they leave me feeling disturbed.
I first read The Handmaid's Tale the year it was release. I saw it as a dark, tragic romance. Now as a fully fledged woman I am struck by the absolute absurdity, comedy, and truly dark nature of the story. Atwood's writing is lyrical and uncanny.
Goodness the Madadam trilogy - but that is a bit trite.
I know that Atwood does not like to be lumped in as a SciFi writer, but in my mind she keeps the good company of Vonnegut, Bradbury, Le Guinn... and that is my very short list.
I have no comparison.
I play books while I paint, so yes I can listen in one sitting - but it is may radio.