Unputdownable

The Handmaid's Tale

60% of the way through this audiobook and I can’t stop listening. I’ve been afraid to read it for a long time now but felt it was an important one that needed to be read… The time was right and I found the courage to start it. Now I can’t put it down.

 

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10 thoughts on “Unputdownable

  1. Les in NE

    I read this book a few years ago and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t care for it. I don’t care for Atwood, but I’ll bet the audio (and movie) are better. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, Robin.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, I’ve only read one other Atwood, many years ago — The Edible Woman. It was too much for me and I’ve stayed away ever since. This one, though, has caught me and I must see what happens. I don’t know yet how I’ll feel about the whole experience…

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    1. Robin Post author

      Kelly, I have to agree with your “hit or miss” response. Like I told Les, I’ve only read one other book by Atwood, and it was a definitely “miss” for me.

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  2. nebula61

    Robin, I read this in college when it first came out and I have never forgotten it! At the time I felt like Atwood could read my mind! I felt its truth–it’s one of my favorite novels of all time. I also love her poetry and Cat’s Eye! The film was very disappointing–nothing like the novel. I hope a new generation of readers finds this novel and takes its cautionary tale to heart.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Nebula61, it’s a book that I will never forget! I was afraid I would be overwhelmed and depressed by it, but the storytelling and the writing were so incredible I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a sobering subject but so important to realize what could happen. I agree with your hope that “a new generation of readers finds this novel and takes its cautionary tale to heart.”

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    1. Robin Post author

      Kristen, it took me many years to find the courage to read it, but with the HULU version coming out in the spring, I wanted to read it before I watch that. And I hadn’t read any reviews or synopses of it, so I didn’t know anything about the storyline except what was gleaned from the cover. I’m glad I read it.

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