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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 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.
After reading great reviews about this novel, I was somewhat disappointed. I wish there were more character development so that I could care more for the main characters. It is a very bleak novel in a bleak world with a bleak outlook. It is definitely a feminist speculative fiction in a dystopian future.
It was written well, interesting, but not my favorite novel.
Margaret Atwood's book is even more thought-provoking now than when she wrote it. After reading and listening to enjoyable fluff, this book is a reminder of how important literature can be. I listened, wishing I had a class to discuss it with. Wow. A stunning work.
The book was colorless. There was only one in-depth character and she was severely clipped.
I found the story uninteresting. The was basically no plot. The author created a stark, constricted, oppressive atmosphere and kept pounding it home.
The performance was fine.
I would not have published this or cut it by two thirds to make a short story.
I listened to the end just to see what happens. Nothing happens. The reader just puts up with the experience of living under hypocritical, fundamentalist impression chapter after chapter.