The first 150 pages of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale are discussed in this episode of the Bookstr Reads podcast. Gaby and Adam have a fellow Reading Room writer, Will, join them in their discussion.
The first half of the book starts slow. It begins with the narrator, Offred, describing what her life is like and some of her daily routines. Her world is shrouded in mystery, the reader is not told where she is, why she is there, or what her life like was before. This style builds a ton of suspense, leaving begging for more information.
Her life seems to be one mundane activity after the next. She, and the women she lives with, are all forced to wear the same read dress; their hoods have white wings that prevent them from seeing too much. Their bodies are completely covered and they are barely able to communicate with one another. The lack of human interaction effects her deeply, even the simplest connection with another human being causes a powerful emotional response. With all the suspense and repressed emotions, the second half of the book is definitely setting up something big. Check out next week’s podcast to find out what happens!
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