My third, and final, book for Banned Books Week on the blog.
Why was it banned?
Unsurprisingly, due to the content and nature of this novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is a frequent presence on banned books lists the world over due to its allegedly anti-Christian themes. Another popular reason, usually cited right along with the criticism of religion, is that the book is considered to be pornographic.
Why did you choose it?
Goodreads browsing, yo. I kept seeing it on must read lists for feminist and dystopian fiction so you know, I had to read it. Because of reasons.
The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred, one of many women living the lives of ‘handmaids’ in the not so distant future. Because of incidents in the past, such as abortion versus pro-life movements and high divorce rates, coupled with a rising fear that the human race would wipe itself out of existence by allowing women the choice to not continue with a pregnancy, religious fervour took over and gradually built up a new system of life in one country. In this ‘new world order’, the word of God is considered to be the highest law there is.