four stars and half because it took me a minute to finish the book, but the writing is superb, the story kind of knew about it but it impress me all the same.
A truly special idea, with great potential to become a masterpiece, but that potential was not fully exploited.
There is virtually no plot development or story, leaving the narrative to a grim and dark stream of consciousness - this is not bad in itself, but the devices used to prompt that stream quickly become rather repetitive
The writing is decent, but not particularly impressive, falling into boring repetitions fairly often
Shame also for the unfortunate lack of detail about the events that led to the birth of Gilead and about the actual inner workings of a cruel theocracy
Dystopian future of religious integralism. Atwood is able to construct an accurate Framework for a future scenario based on an opportunistic/integralist interpretation of religious texts. An apocalyptic context of depletion of resources, epidemics and pollution. Great intimate storytelling. Human nature does not change thought and the account of acute power and gender disparities are just very close to what we live in now and hits us with all the inequalities the current society is full of. Great last chapter, full of irony in the way human vicissitudes are seen from an historic point of view. A must....Continua
I've found it powerful, more disturbing and terrifying than a horror novel because it's too close to reality in so many ways.
It gave me so much to think about, I guess I will need some time to absorb this reading.
The extremism of governments and deprivation of basic human freedoms and right are the leitmotiv of the book with clear references to many undemocratic regimes . There is often a dry way of recounting in a sort of fragmented pace .