Book Review

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood & Renee Nault

Rating: 4 / 5

My friend started a new #boozyreaderbookclub on Instagram, so of course I had to join. The inaugural book pick was THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood. Since I had read this one in recent years, I decided this would be a great time to pick up the graphic novel adaptation (by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault) to refresh my memory, especially since THE TESTAMENTS is on my April TBR.

With this being a classic and a popular Hulu TV show, I suspect most know the basic plotline. THE HANDMAID’S TALE is set in a world where women have lost all rights. The world has been plagued by infertility and women are forced into becoming handmaids to stand in for wives unable to conceive themselves. These women lose all independence and self-determination, only valued for their fertility. They are put into identical red outfits which mask their identity and are known only by the men to whom they are assigned.

Our protagonist Offred remembers life before the world fell apart and she remembers the daughter who was taken from her. We see her story unfold in the present as she navigates her duties and the world around her. We also see flashbacks of her life before and her heartbreak over her losses.

This was a hard book to review for me the last time I read it and it remains so. The story is a bit disjointed and leaves the reader with unanswered questions. I think that this likely worked well for adapting the story into a series because there are a lot of unknowns that the television show can build out. I have just started watching the first couple episodes of the series and it stays true to form so far, though it does add on.

I really thought the adaptation of the classic into the graphic novel format was very well done. I actually had the original book out from the library as well and compared the versions in a few places and found the graphic novel really did deliver the message of the original well.

I am looking forward to reading THE TESTAMENTS this month and I’m glad that this buddy read came up at the perfect time to give me a good refresher. I would absolutely recommend checking out the graphic novelization of this one!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – book that passes the Bechdel test

2 thoughts on “THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood & Renee Nault”

    1. I think the adaptation adds depth that maybe was missing in the original? Definitely appreciated it more in this format. ________________________________


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