Handmaids Tale Book Review

The Handmaid's Tale Book Review


The Handmaid’s Tale Book Review

Book Synopsis 

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now..

The Handmaid’s Tale Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale is about an extreme Christian movement “Sons of Jacob” kills the president, quickly start taking away women’s rights in this new regime called Gilead. The story is narrated by Offred not her real name, she’s a handmaid. Since the world is full of pollution and other things most women can’t have babies. The handmaids are fertile women that are assigned to houses of Commanders, a bunch of old dudes who are most probably infertile but it’s the women who takes the blame not the men. When it comes to err… sex, called the Ceremony Offred had to lay on the bed while holding his wife’s (Serena Joy) hand o.0


Offred starts a relationship with her Commander and they start doing a bunch of sexy stuff such as playing scribble and magazine reading. One day, Offered goes shopping with her champion Offglen, she tells her, she’s a secret member of resistance called “Mayday.” Meanwhile, Serena is not pleased that Offred didn’t get pregnant yet and arranges for her to spend a night of love with the gardener, Nick. This turns out as a nightly thing. Later, Offred gets word that Offglen hang herself because she was afraid the secret police were coming for her. She’s will be replaced with another Offglen. Serena finds out that Offred had been out with to a secret club called Jezebel with her husband and she’s not happy. The black van comes for Offred, Nick informs her that it’s mayday members not knowing if she’s safe or not.

The Handmaid’s Tale Book Review Spoilers!


The story finishes years later about a professor during a lecture about the Gilead regime and that, it might never happened at all.

I hated this book when I was studying literature, found it depressing maybe because I read it five times, and had to memorize the lines. Now that I’m older and read it again, I see it differently. I appreciate the writing and the rich storytelling, still this book is no walk in the park.



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