Credit Eleni Kalorkoti

The Only 10 Reasons You Need to Read “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Before Watching the Series)

Yes, I know, Hulu is releasing a seriess based on this book. But this is yet another good reason to read “The Handmaid’s Tale.” I stumble into this Canadian masterpiece thanks to my book club and realized that there are a handful of reasons why you should read it!

  1. Margaret Atwood book is masterpiece. I think it needs to be more appreciated. Read this piece she wrote for the New York Times.
  2. The novel passes the Bechtel test with high honors. Honestly, writers and filmmakers of the world, is not that hard!
  3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” criticizes sexism and objectification in a subtle but powerful way.
  4. The book plot reminds us how incredibly selfish human beings can be, even in a so-called theocratic society.
  5. The descriptions of Gilead are not very far fetched from today’s reality.
  6. Even if the book was written in the 80s, the trama is as current as if it was written today.
  7. The situations can be universally understood.
  8. Atwood masterly took the history of Harvard University backwards. The once Puritan theological seminary has become a liberal institution. On her book it happens the other way around.
  9. Also, “The Handmaid’s Tale” high level officials reminds us a lot of a recently-elected president and his supporters (scary).
  10. Bookworm alert – You can have the upper hand when the series air! Books contain so many more details!

 

Image originally from: “Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump.” (2017). The New York Times. Created by Eleni Kalorkoti

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