Minette Lauren


The Handmaid’s Tale

I was told I should read this book years ago, but somehow I never got around to it. I think it seems fitting that I should discover it now with Covid and heated politics at its height. The book is a little depressing, since it is about the oppression of women and freedom in society. It’s set in the future, which correlates with today. Toxic waste and other environmental and social variables have made men impotent and women barren. With the population declining and modern technology making things simpler to abscond freedom, Ofred finds herself as a Handmaid to a prominent couple, who can’t have children. Separated from her husband and child, since all first marriages are considered null and void, Ofred has few other choices under the new regime. Chilling and thought provoking, it’s a must read for the philosophical mind.

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