BOOK REVIEW|Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

8 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW|Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

  1. “The biblical precedent is the story of Jacob and his two wives, Rachel and Leah, and their two handmaids. One man, four women, 12 sons — but the handmaids could not claim the sons. They belonged to the respective wives.”

    So there is a biblical precedent to that story in Margaret Atwood’s book!

  2. It’s really good to see this novel revived. Women’s rights are being steadily eroded in so-called liberal democracies. This has a devastating effect on children with growing numbers of children being raised in poverty.

  3. Life is complicated. I can’t see that in this age of saving for a deposit to buy a home, it would allow much space or time to have two wives and handmaidens.

    I suppose with the introduction of those giant McMansions there might be space for all of those people to live in, but what about the power bills? The man would have to work a lot of over-time.

    I must get the book and find out more. Thank you for this review, Uta.

    1. Yes,I must get the book too, Gerard. I am looking forward to reading it and comparing it with the TV series. Peter and I watched all ten parts of it already. I believe that the handmaid who tells her story (The Handmaid’s Tale) ends up in a society unlike our present one. A lot of significant changes have occurred in that fictional society. I think it has mainly to do with the infertility of men and women in that society. It is a very patriarchal society with no rights for women. The men at the top have all the privileges. Their sterile wives get handmaids to bear children for them. There are not many women about who can still bear children. Once it becomes established that a woman has given birth to a child; she is kind of forced to become a handmaid. Also her child is taken from her and given to a rich family who can do the ‘best’ for the child.
      If a woman refuses to become a handmaid, she is sent to the ‘colonies’ to clean up the area that is radio-active, and people who have to live there, die pretty soon.

      1. Yes, my brother and his wife watched all the ten episodes. They have a TV that is ‘smart’. I joined SBS and after great difficulties with passwords etc. am now a member of SBS ‘TV on demand’.
        Helvi watched one episode on the computer but got bored watching it on a chair. We investigated at Bing Lee for buying a ‘smart TV’ but the lady told us all TV’s are now smart. I went back to our TV but could not activate ‘on demand’. Is there some special knob on the remote to activate this ‘on demand’ feature.? Or is our TV not a ‘smart’ TV? It is about one year old.

      2. Gerard, you find all 10 parts on SBS here

        I have no idea how you can watch it on a smart TV. Your Instruction Manual should be able to tell you.

        I told you before that we can connect our iPad to the TV and bingo we watch it there. The ads drive me nuts but it has to be paid for somehow.

        We are having trouble watching SBS on the TV as one day it dropped out and matter how often I retune the set it won’t come back. We now have to watch SBS via FreeView over the iPad.

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