The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is very meandery (which makes sense because the premise is it’s a transcript of audiotapes). It goes from one topic and time to the next without any warning. While this is normal for speech, this style is sometimes very difficult to follow when reading. The world building goes extremely slowly. The first third of the book is super slow and rather boring. It’s quite disturbing (as it is intended to be) and weirdly plausible. The ending is terrible. It just ends. There is absolutely no closure. What makes that the most annoying is the audiotapes would have to have been recorded well after that ending. It feels lazy for the author to have ended it where she did without saying how the narrator got to the point where she recorded the tapes. I enjoyed the book enough for it to be worth my time, but I definitely didn’t love it.
3 (out of 5) Stars
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