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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. – Opening sentence I first read The Handmaid’s Tale when I was a teenager, but it didn’t leave much of a lasting impression. I think a lot if it went over my head; I was too young to fully comprehend it. So, after the release its much anticipated sequel, The Testaments, I decided to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale. And I’m so glad I did. I was blown away by how powerful it is, I can’t BELIEVE how much I had forgotten, and not appreciated, from my first reading (especially as I love the dystopia genre, and The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely dystopian in its theme). Devastatingly sad, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the story of a women known as Offred. This name has been given to her as she is the property of her commander; we never discover her true name. Offred was a normal woman before the…

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