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Old 1st Jul 2008, 13:39   #19
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Default Re: Book 54: THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood

I think that the quote helps me, Beth, because I don't really think that this is a novel about the dangers of fundamentalism, for example, but about the pernicious nature of some of the things that we hold to be simply matters of common sense.

But I like your reading of the novel as well. Offred/June has and maintains an independence of thought that is denied to the inhabitants of Nineteen Eighty-Four, or Brave New World. Ultimately, I suppose that the future of Gilead would be more horrifying than the present described in the book, where people still retain a memory of a different world.
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