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I read this one a long time ago when it was first released It was the cover of the book that caught my eye the woman looking like someone out of a Brueghel painting her face and body obscured by red and white If youre an educated woman this is a terrifying novel to read It shows in sparse poetical language of a dystopia gone mad where fundamental Christianity has run rampant where Thou Shalt Not has replaced Love Your Neighbor with crushing brutality And also just how far we have come in our society to having freedom to choose and how easily it can be stripped away A dystopia by the way is the opposite of a Utopia -- so this is a place where very few people are happy and taken care of In Gilead in what was once known as the United States a woman is only valued for her work as a Wife as a Martha a drudge or as a Handmaid The handmaids are walking wombs vital only for the children that they can bear - if they can Their lives circumscribed by horrifying rituals are centered around the prayer of make me fertile For if they can not bear children a sentence of living death in clearing up a toxic waste - or worse - awaits them This is the story of one such Handmaid Offred Shorn of her name of her family of privacy and her past she is forbidden to read to communicate with men her vision blinded by her concealing headdress enwombed in clothing of crimson that declare I am Forbidden do not touch Offred struggles to hang onto whatever shreds of herself that she can She can not trust anyone lives with jealousy and fear she seeks that most basic of rights that of freedom To escape Gilead to find her missing daughter to find love that is Offreds quest and
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