11-02-2011 03:15 AM
If I had to pinpoint a passage that set the tone of the book, it would be: "...There must have been a chandelier, once. They've removed anything you could tie a rope to ..."
And I can't decide if the "Aunts" remind me of matrons in a women's prison or a female platoon sergeant in the women's barracks.
11-06-2011 02:15 PM
I believe this was the first book where I encountered the F-word, by a woman author no less, that didn't carry an adults-only rating. The '80s were still fairly conservative when it came to literature.
11-14-2011 10:50 PM
Despite the misguided zealot society, I found Offred's conversation with God to be somewhat poignant.
11-17-2011 10:43 PM
Just finished the story. I certainly didn't see that ending coming.
But I do see why this book is a classic for discussion in more leaned circles. It is fraught with symbology and, sadly, somewhat prophetic. The story evokes strong images of similar occurrences throughout history as we know it.