Atwood brings us the story of Offred, a female who has been made a handmaid in the futuristic society of Gilead. Handmaid’s are only for breeding with any emotional attachments being forbidden. In Atwood’s words-she has taken popular fundamentalist theory on women’s roles to their logical conclusion. A world where women are put into strict classes with all freedoms taken away. It is hardest for those like Offred who remember life before-especially her husband and daughter.
A thinking novel that is very descriptive of the past nad present. It forces you to think about the direction society is taking. Wonderful character development with Offred-her stories drive the book. Not an easy read, but a necessary read. 1986, 311 pages.