The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale
1986, 479 pages, Canada

"The red Birthmobile is parked in the driveway. Its back door is open and I clamber in. The carpet on the floor is red, red curtains are drawn over the windows." The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel about life in a controlled state, Gilead, where people wear uniforms and everything is checked and controlled. Women have just one purpose in life, giving birth. The narrative perspective is from one of the handmaids, Offred (Of Fred). Tales of Offred’s life in Gilead alternate with flashbacks of her previous life. This dystopian novel of Margaret Atwood originally written in 1986 has recently become of interest again, owing to political developments in certain countries. It has recently also been made into a television series. A dictatorial, religious state such as Gilead is a fear for everybody, now and in the future.