This book is in the top 10 books I have ever read. Maybe top 5.
I have actually listened to this story 4 times. I love Claire Dane's performance as Offred and the content is so powerful. I cry everytime I listen to it.
Say something about yourself!
Shaky Womanist Dystopian.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the main character, Offred, and her juxtaposition of the past and the present, the past being around the year 2190, without major disarming differences to our own time, and the present (for her, at least) after the overthrow of the American government.
The least interesting aspect of the story was a subtly, in which our author displays her Canadian 1970's anti-Americanism and self-declared "protofeminist" ideals, which in her mind seem to set her above American and feminist thinking, which limits the radical nature of the novel and thereby weakens the story.
Her voice is clear, crisp, and easy to understand noticeable without being distanced from the events in the novel. She sets the tone well, and allows us to slip easily into Offred's mind.
I was urged to read this 20 years ago but didn't think it would appeal. I was very much mistaken. I can now fully understand why this is on so many "must read" lists. Danes narration is superb and perfectly cast.
I can see why this book has received so many accolades; it’s a well-written and crafted dystopian story but it lacked character development. I never fell in love with the characters. I never even hated the characters. They were flat and robotic. This felt like required reading with a capital "R." I couldn't wait to finish it and end my misery.
I listened to over 3 hours of this story and just could not get into it. Claire Danes' performance was really well done and her performance is what kept me going for that amount of time. The book seemed to crawl along. Maybe I'll try again in a few years...and maybe not.
During the last hour you'll realize that this is a tale meant to be listened to, not read. Margaret Atwood and Claire Danes are amazing. Kept me enthralled during the majority of my road trip. I still have questions, so I'm going to have to listen again and hear what I've missed.
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The narrator's hopeless tone made for a chilling few days for me. This story was so awful, so depressing. I only wish I could unhear this disturbing dystopian tale.