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!
- Margaret Atwood book is masterpiece. I think it needs to be more appreciated. Read this piece she wrote for the New York Times.
- The novel passes the Bechtel test with high honors. Honestly, writers and filmmakers of the world, is not that hard!
- “The Handmaid’s Tale” criticizes sexism and objectification in a subtle but powerful way.
- The book plot reminds us how incredibly selfish human beings can be, even in a so-called theocratic society.
- The descriptions of Gilead are not very far fetched from today’s reality.
- Even if the book was written in the 80s, the trama is as current as if it was written today.
- The situations can be universally understood.
- 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.
- Also, “The Handmaid’s Tale” high level officials reminds us a lot of a recently-elected president and his supporters (scary).
- 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