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Orjattaresi by Margaret Atwood
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Orjattaresi (original 1985; edition 1998)

by Margaret Atwood, Matti Kannosto ((KÄÄnt.).)

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31,39889350 (4.11)1987
This look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
Member:laureline
Title:Orjattaresi
Authors:Margaret Atwood
Other authors:Matti Kannosto ((KÄÄnt.).)
Info:Helsinki : Tammi, 1998.
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:2000, scifi

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I was hesitant to re-read The Handmaid's Tale. Given the state of the U.S. political system, I thought it might be more than I can handle. It's as dark as I remember, but lushly written, a fever dream of a nightmare, urgent and compelling. ( )
  sharonstern | Feb 18, 2020 |
I devour this book every time, even though I know the story I just can't put it down. I wish it was longer, more details about how the world got that way, more of what happened to her in the end. More of her daughter. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
I reread this in preparation for reading The Testaments. It certainly holds up and is at least as chilling as it was when it first came out. ( )
  gbelik | Feb 16, 2020 |
Post apocalyptic anti-woman society. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
not a bad read, the reason i read it now is that the author has written a follow-on book and i might read it better l.ate than never also my wife loves both books, and i want to read more women writers, wHo knows how the distopian novels of my youth read now but this was a hard slog ,

youth read now. but this was ( )
  annbury | Feb 14, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Atwood, Margaretprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balbusso, AnnaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Balbusso, ElenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boyd, FlorenceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Danes, ClaireNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
David, JoannaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcellino, FredCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moss, ElisabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennati, CamilloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

And she said, Behold my maid Bihah, go in unto her, and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
                              — Genesis 30:1-3
But as to myself, having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal. . .
                              — Jonathan Swift,
A Modest Proposal
In the desert there is no sign that says, Thou shalt not eat stones.
                              — Sufi proverb
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For Mary Webster and Perry Miller
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We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
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As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes. Voices may reach us from it; but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come; and, try as we may, we cannot always decipher them precisely in the clearer light of our own day.
Time has not stood still. It has washed over me, washed me away, as if I’m nothing more than a woman of sand, left by a careless child too near the water.
The shell of the egg is smooth but also grained; small pebbles of calcium are defined by the sunlight, like craters on the moon. It's a barren landscape, yet perfect; it's the sort of desert the saints went into, so their minds would not be distracted by profusions. I think that this is what God must look like: an egg. The life of the moon may not be on the surface, but inside.
But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest. Maybe none of this is about control... Maybe it's about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.
There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia, freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.
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The Reading Guide Edition is the substantial equivalent the main Handmaid's Tale work, with a few additional pages of questions for groups to consider at the back. Please therefore leave these works combined together. Thank you
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