Margaret Atwood – Testament Book Review (The Handmaid’s Tale Part 2)

I really like Margaret Atwood’s stories. She’s an absolute crafts-woman with words and can convey an idea in a word, a short sentence or in this specific instance, in a whole book. The much awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s tale goes deeper into this new world and offers a view from the inside as well asContinue reading “Margaret Atwood – Testament Book Review (The Handmaid’s Tale Part 2)”

Frankenstein, The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake

“Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate” – states Victor Frankenstein in the opening of his narrative. Through Frankenstein’s acquiring of this “natural philosophy”, we can already make a link to a broader view of society. His early access to these books of science to which he quickly becomes obsessed with comesContinue reading “Frankenstein, The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake”

The Handmaid’s tale: a story about the importance of choice for a woman and a totalitarian approach to fecundity

This essay was first published on Reading Our Way to the Revolution on May 19, 2015. It’s no secret that The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the great Canadian novelist, took religious and right wing attempts to control women’s reproductive lives one step further and created a dystopian future. As always with good future fantasy, itContinue reading “The Handmaid’s tale: a story about the importance of choice for a woman and a totalitarian approach to fecundity”

Dear Lord – The prayer from A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Following Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAdam, I decided to try another dystopian future book by Margaret Atwood. I picked A Handmaid’s tale from the bookshelf and I can’t put it down. Despair is interwoven with a strong desire to die. The handmaid is a captive, with no other purpose asContinue reading “Dear Lord – The prayer from A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”