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Brilliant.

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Reviewed: 23-10-2019

A masterpiece. Reminiscent of Frederick Douglass, with threads of fantasy artfully woven in. An important narrative blending painful reality with poignant symbolism. Powerfully feminist in a way that male written and focused stories about this era often fail to be. Joe Morton's performance is transporting and lends texture to the story that I'm sure reading the text alone would not have given me. You really should read this book.

Honest and heartfelt

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Reviewed: 18-10-2019

JVN is so real and raw here, without ever being gratuitous or over the top (haha). I binged this in two days and wished it wouldn't end. His honesty and self reflection is inspiring while still maintaining the constant sense that he is human just like anyone. More relatable than any autobiography I've read. He's a gem.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 15-10-2019

I adore this book, and the whole trilogy. I've read them all more than once and still find the story poignant, funny and gripping.

A favourite

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Reviewed: 02-10-2019

This was my third read of this book in 5 years. Atwood is on point and timeless as ever.

Couldn't stop listening.

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Reviewed: 27-09-2019

I only paused this book to work and sleep. Captivating end to a story that's been so significant in the lives of so many young women. Atwood's statement before the credits was perfect.

Not my favourite but worth a read

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Reviewed: 05-07-2017

I'm a big Atwood fan and was a little disappointed that this book didn't quite live up to the standards I'm used to with her work. It's a bit slow and I found the main characters underdeveloped, as Atwood characters go, and the plot a little needlessly complex at time. Left me with a bit of a 'so much yet so little happened' feeling.

Worth a read if you're a big fan, might just be me. Interesting themes and a shockingly clever premise as usual.

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Significant. Must read.

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Reviewed: 27-06-2017

I am a long time fan of Atwood and have listened to most of her books in audio form rather than reading.

The Handmaid's Tale is particularly suited to being heard not read, the narrative is intimate and written as though it is spoken aloud. Excellent narration as usual from Joanna David, although it is odd to have an English voice narrating a story set in North America, but the context could plausible justify a different accent.

This story is poignant and so relevant to the current state of feminism and politics. A really important read for young women and feminists. Has the political distopia setting of 1984 but with Atwood's beautifully human perspective. Feel ready to face the TV adaptation now that I've read the book. Highly recommend this and other Atwood novels, especially Oryx and Crake.