Monday, January 27, 2020

The Handmaid's Tale

In the dystopian future depicted in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, toxicity levels are so high that successfully birthing a baby has become difficult. As a result, a new societal order now rules.

I found the story itself very interesting, but the writing style made me want to put the book down a good many times. To name a few quibbles I had with the style:

- The narrative jumps from the present to the past a little too quickly for me
- The ratio between description vs action is way too high for my liking
- The author doesn't seem to like quotation marks, making it hard to discern (for me, anyway) speech from thought!

If the best part is the story, and the story in its condensed version can be read on Wikipedia or something, then I can't recommend the book.

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