Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. I read this novel for the August Leawood book club. On the one hand, I'm glad that I finally read this classic, since it's been read, analyzed, and discussed by so many scholars and casual readers. It's been adapted into an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss and it's considered in the elite class of feminist dystopian fiction. I'm not a fan of dystopian fiction, so I can't say that I enjoyed this book, but it is thought-provoking. Atwood does a very chilling job of depicting a dystopian world of misogyny, racism, sexism, and homophobia. There are some unanwersed questions as to how this world came to be and the ending is ambiguous, but it all works well to create an ambiance of fear, ignorance, and uncertainty. There's a sequel, The Testaments, coming September 2019. I haven't decided yet whether I can brave more time in this world. If you favor dystopian fiction, The Handmaid's Tale will make your day. "Blessed be the fruit!" (a required sentiment of greeting in Gilead).

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