- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Anchor (16. März 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 038549081X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385490818
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,8 x 20,1 cm
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. März 1998
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"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex . . . Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!" —The Washington Post Book World
"The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions . . . An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking . . . Read it while it's still allowed." —Houston Chronicle
In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.
Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, "The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
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Even though Offred is the protagonist of this novel, she is not the typical heroine since she remains rather passive throughout the story: she appears to have accepted her fate as a handmaid for “her” high-ranked commander. While she does often think about her former family and also expresses her regret at missing out on her daughter’s childhood, she does not actively take action in order to change her situation. As far as her character traits are concerned, she has enough faults to appear human without them being such grave ones that the readers lose sympathy for her.
Despite being a dystopian novel, Margaret Atwood manages to deal with various thorny issues, one of which is the subject of power and control. In Gilead, everything is controlled by the regime: this becomes extremely perceptible when one looks at the handmaids’ names. Each of them starts with the prefix “of” followed by her Commander’s name – therefore, their names change with every move to another house, which is extremely offensive since this also takes a part of their identity away.
The author also deals with the topics of feminism and acceptance. One of the characters in the books, Moira, is definitely a strong representative of the former: not only is she a lesbian, but she also manages to escape the Red Centre where the future handmaids are schooled. This aspect will definitely appeal to readers who are looking for a more active figure. As far as acceptance is concerned, it soon becomes clear that quite a few women appear to remain indifferent to the loss of their rights as long as they still have some kind of power, even if it only consists of managing the households. This is underlined by the quotation: “Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.”
While reading this evocative story, one will soon discover that even seemingly banal thing such as magazines or games can be taken away from us and that we often underrate the importance of such little parts of our everyday lives.
The most shocking about the book is that it isn’t so surreal after all: some features actually exist in our world as well, for instance extreme religious movements or regions where women have no rights. Therefore, some may find this book too disturbing and fear-inducing or even consider it to be preposterous due to the way these negative occurrences are combined. I, however, consider it to be a riveting read, especially since the plot as well as the ending are far from being predictable.
In either way, when deciding to read this book, one should be prepared to be left haunted by a story that is unique in its own way and which may induce one to question our lifestyle as well: do we really appreciate the opportunities we have to live our lives to the fullest? Would we be prepared to fight for our rights if they were taken away from us or would we resign as well?
“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.”
Dieses Buch ist zeitlos, auch wenn schon in den 1980gern geschrieben, scheint es heute noch aktuell, denn die Dummen und die Fanatiker werden nicht weniger. Ich war mir lange unschlüssig ob ich die Story liebe oder hasse. Ich habe mich letztendlich für lieben entschieden.