Audie Award, Fiction, 2013
Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender and religious politics. Multiple Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Romeo and Juliet, The Hours) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.
After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.
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“Claire Danes sparkles in this performance…Danes’s Offred is complex, and her flashes of intense strength highlight her vulnerability. This is a consuming listen, thanks to Danes’s emotional subtleties.” (AudioFile)
This is a feminist literary classic. Even if you've read it, Claire Dane's masterful narration brings out a new side to a near perfect book. A must listen!
I'm an English major who considers good fiction to be written in unique prose with stand-out characters and a story that refuses to die.
Awesome performance by Claire Danes! I wish she read more- she has a wonderful and pleasing tonal quality and a air of innocence and cynicism that's perfect for this book. As to the story- it's terrifying and beautifully written. An exceptional read!
i don't really understand this question. the book was excellent but there was nothing that i experienced. this question makes more sense about a trip to tibet
this is not a good question for this title
once again not a good question for this book
the characters are not to be liked, thats not how it goes
the whole book is very moving and evocative. as a woman its a horrible future to imagine and atwood paints a complete picture
wonderfully written, provocative. a must read for women, dystopian book enthusiasts and all others.
42 year old lawyer, Realtor and dog lover
As ever Atwood's writing style is very sensual (not the dirty kind) and robust. I enjoyed the voice of Offred and her viewpoint. BUT- the whole "religion is bad and people are killing the planet" theme is so obvious and tired. To be fair maybe it wasn't in 1986...
Almost 30 years after this grave warning our planet is cleaner and women have more rights than ever. Primarily, this is due to freedom.
I am not religious but most of the people I know who are religious consider their religion to be personal- not some way of damning others. It makes me sad to think that such a talented writer had such a bleak vision of our future. I am glad she was so far off!
Still a good read and a good performance.
Honestly, the last chapter made it all work for me.
The first bed scene with the Commander was intense.
The main character, Of Fred, was fascinating. It takes a while to figure it out, but shouldn't all books have that kind of depth?
I'd definitely want to hear the rest of the story from Of Fred.
I finished this book a week ago and am still thinking about it!
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