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The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood | J. Brooks Bouson
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This title includes in-depth discussions of Margaret Atwood's ""The Handmaid's Tale"". ""The Handmaid's Tale"" won international acclaim when it was first published in 1985; with it, Margaret Atwood won Canada's Governor General's Award as well as the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. Written in the midst of the anti-feminist backlash and the culture wars of the 1980s, readers recognized it as a timely and chilling dystopian novel depicting a future in which the American government has been overthrown by religious fundamentalists who have, in turn, erected a patriarchal theocracy. Though Atwood had doubts about the novel when she was writing it, and though both conservative and liberal critics have found fault with it, the years following ""The Handmaid's Tale""'s publication have been rich with critical discussion. Edited and with an introduction by J. Brooks Bouson, a widely recognized Atwood scholar, this volume in the ""Critical Insights"" series collects some the novel's best critics to introduce high school students and undergraduates to one of Atwood's most widely read novels. Original essays by Lisa Jadwin and Dominick Grace lend context to the novel by surveying the political and cultural events out of which the novel grew as well as how Atwood's critics have responded to the novel. Two other original essays by Matthew Bolton and Jennifer E. Dunn explore the novel in light the dystopian literary tradition and feminist literary theory. This collection of republished essays continues the conversation as Coral Ann Howells considers the novel's narrative structure and Madonne Miner and Shirley Neuman examine the role of love in the novel. Chinmoy Banerjee addresses the topic of criticism as commodity in the novel, Elisabeth Hansot and Hilde Staels investigate hegemonic and subversive discourses, and Danita J. Dodson reads the story in light of America's Puritanistic past. Finally, Eleonora Rao offers a psychoanalytic reading that focuses on narrative gaps and ambiguities, and Karen F. Stein and Joseph Andriano consider the novel's metafictional elements. Each essay is 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of 'Works Cited', along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources: a chronology of the author's life; a complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication; a general bibliography; a detailed paragraph on the volume's editor; notes on the individual chapter authors; and, a subject index.
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Sara_Planz
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When you literally are like “dystopian fiction” or “real life”? My co-manager and I were feeling inspired today.

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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @GatheringBooks :
Bibliophiles love to plan their reading. Here is the July-September ReadAlong Chat list for #WomenReadWomen2019. Everyone‘s welcome to join! Do let me know in the Comments Section if you wish to be tagged! Tagging those who have indicated an interest previously.

GatheringBooks thank youuuuu!! 3mo
AnneFindsJoy @GatheringBooks Great theme and great book selections‘ Would love to join in, please tag me! (edited) 3mo
swatreads I'd love to join @GatheringBooks 3mo
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GatheringBooks @AnneFindsJoy awesome! will do so. :) 3mo
GatheringBooks @swatreads perfect! will tag you! 3mo
swatreads Thank you 🤗 @GatheringBooks 3mo
laurenslibrary @GatheringBooks Can I still be tagged for this going forward? ☺️ 2mo
GatheringBooks @laurenslibrary of course! will do. 2mo
GatheringBooks @laurenslibrary we are discussing big little lies at the end of the month! i can tag you as well. :) 2mo
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beccamlvn
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I really want to start watching the Hulu show... but I won't let myself until I read the book(s). Here we go!

Djspens I did the same thing! I'm glad I read the book first! 3mo
Fridameetslucy I feel like I‘m living through this in the USA - so I‘ve been resisting re reading it bc of that. 3mo
ShelleyBooksie I call this the book I love to hate. It made me so mad! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 3mo
AndreaLove Me too, 1/2 way through the book and Loving it! 3mo
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tracydishman17

24/70

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Valeka
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My mantra for the day.

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kelliemogg

Wow.

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Sara_Planz
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I decided to splurge on a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a meet and greet with Margaret Atwood and hear her speak.

Karisa Absolutely! 🎉 6mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 6mo
SamAnne Jealous. 6mo
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Floresj
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Came late to this party, but glad I jumped on the bandwagon. I love dystopian novels and this one was chilling, relevant, and gripping. The slow exposure of Offred‘s story and her current situation was expertly revealed. A short read, Atwood tells just enough to let your mind ponder possibilities- just like Offred‘s world. Great read!

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Tonton
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OsteoValkyrie
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One of my favorites! I read it a few years ago and it was my first read of 2018.

#ov2018reads

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Mitch
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Well that‘s a relief ( I think?!😂)

What are you? https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/which-great-american-read-are-you/

iread2much I got Game of Thrones :) 12mo
mgallo1968 I got Handmaid‘s Tale too 12mo
Mitch You must like winter @iread2much ! 12mo
iread2much @Mitch it‘s my favorite season :) 12mo
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Panpan

Every ounce of me wanted to be able to praise the Handmaid‘s Tale, but I just can‘t. I really didn‘t like how this was written: the lack of context to tell me what was going on, the lack of differentiation between memories and the present, the lack of damn quotation marks. There were a lot of places I just didn‘t give a fig about, and I felt myself skimming as I got towards the end. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn‘t. #GARBingo

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elainerj
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Awesome

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NHLibrarian
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It seems a little weird marking this as a pick when I found everything about it horrifying. But there you go.

MayJasper That's just the way it is sometimes 😊 13mo
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5280reader
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Such a fine line between these freedoms. #greatamericanread #gar

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sofiaga
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Chilled Sunday rereading this classic.

Kalalalatja Great cover! 1y
sofiaga @Kalalalatja thanks! It‘s a Canadian edition. 1y
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MelissaSue81
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I last read this book 8 or 9 years ago. It‘s a bit more anxiety inducing these days.

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MayJasper
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@ShookBelf thank you for your kindness and generosity 😊 I so look forward to reading it #bookmail 😊😊😊

JanJan I love that cover! 1y
Cinfhen Same @JanJan 😍😍 1y
readinginthedark That cover is amazing! 😍 1y
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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This is a truly disturbing dystopian novel because it's fairly believable considering the current state of American Society.

That being said, I would have loved more details from the past & how everything changed so quickly & drastically. Of course, that may have been hard with Offred recalling the story to us...can we have a prequel?

SqueakyChu I have this book near-by to read. I‘ve been hesitating because I recently read 1984 for the first time ever. That book freaked me out! I fear the same will happen when I read The Handmaid‘s Tale. Eeek! 1y
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) I just started The Handmaid's Tale!
2) Thriller or Horror.
3) Peeps, although I'm probably more likely to get something else. Reeses eggs, chocolate truffles, chocolate caramel bunnies, or some combo of chocolate with nuts or marshmallows.
4) my most recent follows 😊 @bessejayne91 @vkois88 @AshleyHoss820

@Syndelle777 #HappyEaster

TheReadingMermaid Horror rocks! 🤘🏻 1y
vkois88 Thank you for the tag ❤ 1y
AshleyHoss820 #2! Yes! 1y
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elihpoilbib
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"We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories."

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Conservio
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I miss these! It‘s cool to look back through the years.

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AnastasiaPoirier
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Fantastic, terrifying, important. It should be required reading for everyone, especially men. A friend of mine once said this book is the only book to ever make him feel empathy for a fictional character.

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Loric
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Mehso-so

So disappointed... I Didn't hate it, but didn't love it either... Just kinda meh! This is probably my first instance where I enjoyed the movie more than the book

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sarahjane1077
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Wearing one of my favorite bookish t-shirts today from @outofprint and @bookriot

#margaretatwood #booknerd #nerdchic #dontletthebastardsgrindyoudown

sarahjane1077 ☺️ 1y
Christine11 Love it! 1y
sarahjane1077 Thanks! 1y
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Quasifesto
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Instead of the sports-ball prom, I decided to try #audiopuzzling I‘m no fan of audiobooks, and I have never completed even one, BUT this is narrated by Claire Danes! Low key crushing on here since My So-Called Life. I thought the red themed puzzle apropos of the book.

YouReadMyEyes I loved this audio narration. Maybe you‘ll try more audiobooks after this 🙂 the right narrator can make all the difference! 1y
LaLecture I‘ve never been a fan of audiobooks either but Litsy is actually giving me great ideas. Audio walks, audio puzzling. Maybe I should try that :). 1y
CathyJ I love audio walks and audio driving, but not all books make good audio books. I prefer lighter reads for audio where it is not too complicated to follow. 1y
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LoLo_and_The_Dude Please forgive my audio-ignorance, what is audio puzzling? 1y
LoverofLit Sports ball prom 😂😂😂 1y
Quasifesto @LoLo_and_The_Dude I‘m simply listening to an audio book while working on a jigsaw puzzle. 1y
LoLo_and_The_Dude Wow did I over complicate that @Quasifesto! I thought it was some cool game that I was missing out on. 1y
Quasifesto @LoLo_and_The_Dude Ha, well there is very little that is “cool” about me anymore. You‘re not missing much. I do what I want, though, and that‘s way better than being cool ever was. 1y
LoLo_and_The_Dude Perhaps “cool” was not the best description; how about interesting or fun? Moot point, I suppose. 1y
readinginthedark Audiobooks are so perfect for when you‘re also doing something else. I listen to them all the time now. And I would second what others said about finding the right narrator and genre for you. Some books just don‘t work as well on audio. 1y
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jnichole
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure what to say. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either.

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eshchory
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Mehso-so

Interesting concept but I still find Atwood's writing rather bland and aloof.

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jnichole
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My current read

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Sarah1960
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I was absolutely not prepared by this book. Disturbing yet so riveting! Cannot wait to drive to work tomorrow, I may need to leave early and sit and listen in the parking lot!! ☺️

readordierachel 👍🏽 1y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-31-17: #decktheshelves Favorite of the year. I loved them all! Here's to actually meeting my goal in 2018! 📚#️⃣3️⃣1️⃣ 📖⭐️ @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Dulcinella 😍💐💐🥂 2y
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SheilaChew
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Banned book socks! Love them!

SheilaChew Thanks @Branwen ! These are awesome! 2y
Book_Shark I need these! 2y
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Mdargusch I‘m wearing mine today too! 2y
Branwen Yaaay! They look great! :-) 2y
Copwithabook I‘m so jealous 2y
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ZoeyPeacock
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My Christmas present was a US first edition of one of my favorite books! He did good! ❤️

JoeStalksBeck Wow ! 2y
Wellreadhead This is amazing! 2y
OrangeMooseReads Awesome! 2y
underground_bks I have a first American too—treasured part of my collection 😍😍😍 1y
Linda_Bloodworth_Author Love this book. Are you excited for the sequel? 6mo
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Savugirl
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This isn't a review of the book, but I couldn't figure out how to put this here any other way. I've read the book multiple times. So I wondered how bad the miniseries messed it up. Normally so many things are deleted from a book. However, this time things were added and they really added to the story. Wonder if they were originally part of the book.

Tove_Reads Just choose ”blurb” 🙂 2y
Savugirl Okay, thanks. 2y
Savugirl @Tove_Reads Hei - I just tried what you said and it wouldn't let me unless I tagged a book. Uugh 2y
Tove_Reads @Savugirl Yup, you have to do it. Choose ”Untitled” if you want to write about something else than a certain book. 2y
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RuthyBux
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Wow. I read this first when I was about 15, and while I enjoyed it I don't think I could appreciate the message that Atwood was conveying. I simply read it as a story, and missed the underlying themes.

I reread this again about a year ago, and it hit me like a tonne of bricks. An excellent but often challenging read.

4.5🌟

[DELETED] 3803335244 I liked this book but I felt so much needed to be explained. She needed either a prequel or sequel either would be great! 2y
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Aurora0044
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Just wanted to put an FYI out there for you all of you do not own The Handmaid's Tale yet, Amazon has the kindle edition on sale today for only $2.99.

Jess7 I own the ebook of it! I‘m excited about reading this eventually. 2y
Aurora0044 @Jess7 I bought the deal so I'm excited to read it now 😊 2y
Sarah1960 I got this today with the day. SO excited! 2y
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Mamashep
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IBook readers, this one's in sale today. One of the scariest books I've ever read and feeling more and more real every day.

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Readingnomad1
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I spy banned books at my local bookstore 🤓 #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek

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AmberB1
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Pickpick

Wow! This book takes a look at a future where babies are hard to come by and women and forced into roles with procreation as the only duty. It's a scary look at what could be. Great read! Now I might binge watch the show.

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Rissa1
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"Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations."

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Basement_Bookcase
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Picking this one back up tonight.

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Cobscook
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Lakeside, Sunday afternoon reading....

Riyaz_15 Lick 2y
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WendyL
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I'm sure I'm not the only one who rushed to read the book before starting the Hulu series. The first episode was a little slow for me, other than Atwood's cameo. Now I'm hooked. I like the modern adaptation.

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iamcourtneyb
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But there must be something he wants, from me. To want is to have a weakness. It's this weakness, whatever it is, that entices me. It's like a small crack in a wall, before now impenetrable. If I press my eye to it, this weakness of his, I may be able to see my way clear.

I want to know what he wants.

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iamcourtneyb
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Memorial Day read. When I'm done I'll check out the Hulu series. I hear it's really good!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Great list of books, here's the link to the 10 Novels....

https://www.bustle.com/p/10-novels-like-the-handmaids-tale-to-read-after-watchin...

RanaElizabeth I lovr Okorafor's sassy comment of this! 2y
ScientistSam Cool list! But I'm really surprised there's no Orwell on there. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ScientistSam I was too, but it had a bunch of newer books that I haven't read yet, so I appreciated that. 2y
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minkyb Great list! 2y
Gezemice Nice! I read Oryx and Crake - another Atwood in the vein of the Handmaid's Tale, absolute genius. Read the whole trilogy. Parable of the Sower and Station Eleven are on my near future tbr... abd I want to read more of Nnedi Okorafor, too! Just finished Binti:Home and it was awesome. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Onyx and Crake I probably won't get to until next year, but the Parable of The Sower and Talents and Station Eleven are all on my list for this year too! And yes, definitely more Okorafor in my future. I'd like to try the one mentioned in the list and 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice You also have to add NK Jemisin to your list. After that trilogy, I might have to add everything else she's written too. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks interesting, I should give her a try... maybe next year, lol. I am running behind on our A to Z list! Been in a funk lately, can't read anything serious. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Me too, all of my reading challenges are lagging, and you're way ahead of me on LitsyAtoZ at this point. Who knew when we picked our serious reads it would be such a tough year. I've definitely been swapping out more fun escapist reads for serious ones lately... like The Harry Potter re-read... perfect timing. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa We can re-do the list if you want. For example I am thinking of swapping Elegant Universe for Einstein's Dreams. Still kind of sciency but fiction and much shorter. (edited) 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice You know, I think I even have that book on my self waiting to be read! Hahaha! 2y
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Billi
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Mehso-so

The ending just overshadows anything else for me. #wantedtolikeit

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Kendra.Diane
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Did anybody else used to read under the covers as a kiddo?? Starting a new book tonight 😍 #handmaiden #bookhype

litmuggle Oh yeah that's the only way not to get busted at 1am as a kid 2y
Kendra.Diane And then quick hide the flashlight! Thank goodness for kindle paperwhite, even though I don't think I'd get in trouble 😆 old habits die hard! @litmuggle 2y
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armyof7
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Absolutely well written and terrifying at the same time. Touches on post war and female rights being stripped away overnight and they are forced into reproductive slavery or die. Must read!