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    Default I don't understand The Handmaid's Tale

    Seriously, I just finished this book, and then looking for answers I only come across sites that say "omg this book is SOOO RELEVANT to today" when I don't see it that way. At first I had figured that perhaps this vision of the future from the past was perhaps outdated (as the Jetsons or 1984 is today), but apparently it isn't? I dunno. What's up with this book?
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    You're probably just beyond its style of feminism...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    You're probably just beyond its style of feminism...
    What is its style of feminism?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    What is its style of feminism?
    I can't say; I've never read it.

    But it seems alarmist.

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    From what I've heard it's just portraying a standard Sci-fi futuristic dystopia, nothing very interesting or original. The problem is that the author thinks she isn't a science fiction writer and has not written science fiction, and keeps making statements to that effect in order to implant the idea in the minds of journalists and the reading public. She therefore ends up being read, and most importantly reviewed, by the kind of literary snobs who wouldn't normally touch science fiction with a ten-foot bargepole. To them, not having come across such ideas before, it seems like she must be saying something orignal and insighful.

    If her reputation had been built in the science-fiction genre rather than in mainstream literary fiction, no one would be taking the slightest notice of this book. (This is not intended as an attack on anyone who has read her, whether they like it or no, I'm just trying to discect the process by which her reputation in the genre may have been inflated.) George Orwell she ain't (though I suspect she would quite like to be) unless I'm really missing something here...
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    That's pretty harsh on Margaret Atwood ragashree! Personally I think it is one of her best novels.

    What exactly are you asking Haphazard? What answers are you looking for?

    (I have read the book btw.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    That's pretty harsh on Margaret Atwood ragashree! Personally I think it is one of her best novels.

    What exactly are you asking Haphazard? What answers are you looking for?

    (I have read the book btw.)
    Is this what people really saw back when this book was written? It's like... looking into some kind of anachronism, more than so many books I've read.
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    I read her book once in highschool a few yrs ago, I think it was the handmaids tale, not sure, I can't even remember jack. All I remember is the searing hatred I felt for this women and her books who stole hours of my life getting me to read it....

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    Oh.

    I liked the writing style, I just totally didn't get it. I guess I just feel like I'm missing something of vital importance to understanding this book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Oh.

    I liked the writing style, I just totally didn't get it. I guess I just feel like I'm missing something of vital importance to understanding this book.
    Are you sure that you're missing something?

    Could it be that it's missing something?

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