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A Historia de Uma Serva por Margaret Atwood
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A Historia de Uma Serva (original 1985; edição 2013)

por Margaret Atwood (Autor)

Séries: The Handmaid's Tale (1)

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This look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
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Título:A Historia de Uma Serva
Autores:Margaret Atwood (Autor)
Informação:Bertrand Editora (2013)
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Avaliação:****
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The Corona crisis affected me in that I was not able to order the books I wanted but only those that the various libraries in my city had. This was why I came to order The Handmaid’s Tale, which was a book I ordinarily would not have thought of reading.

This is probably one of the reasons for my not being delighted with it. Perhaps I should never have read it.

It is apparently rather popular, and it is stated on the cover that it is now a major TV series.

I had to struggle to try to finish it and didn’t quite manage, since I kept falling asleep while reading it.

I also had to struggle to understand it, since I prefer things being spelt out for me so I don’t have to think too much about who is who and what is what.

The dystopian society portrayed is called Gilead; the characters are not allowed to be individuals, but belong to one group or another.

There are, for instance, women who bear children, and for some reason these are called handmaids.

In my Oxford English dictionary a handmaid is defined as “a female servant” not “a child-bearing woman”.

There are “angels”, who are some sort of guards. There are “Commanders”, whose name is self-explanatory, and there are the “wives”, presumably the Commanders’ wives.

There are “Aunts”, whoever they are. There are Marthas, who apparently help with practical things. Perhaps they also look after the babies.

There are “Unwomen”, women who apparently have committed what is regarded as a heinous sin. I’m not sure, but it may be that unwomen are hanged.

As the title indicates, the story is told by a hand-maid, whose function is to have intercourse with a Commander, or Commanders, and conceive.

It took me a while to find out her name, but it is Offred (Of Fred). Though the name indicates that Offred belongs to Fred, I can’t find Fred anywhere in the book.

The various women are not permitted to have sexual or romantic relationships – they just have to mate with the Commanders and become pregnant.

If the women, or anyone else, do not behave themselves, they are hanged from a wall, and left hanging there for a while.

Offred had a normal life previously, a husband, Luke, and a daughter, but she does not know whether they are still alive or not.

The women are not allowed books and must not read.

Offred is attracted to a driver/handyman, or whatever he is, and manages to get together with him, though this is strictly forbidden.

There are several other women together with Offred, but I didn’t understand what function these perform; perhaps they are also handmaids. (I think my main problem in understanding the book was that I kept dropping off to sleep while reading it.) The other women have normal names like Moira, Rita, Cora, Janine and Dolores. One of the others is called Ofglen. I didn’t get why there was one other with an ”Of” name while the others had normal names. (Now I see that Janine is also called Ofwarren.)

At one point one of the Commanders invites Offred to visit him regularly. They don’t have sex. He wants her to play scrabble with him and kiss him like she meant it. It is like some sort of normal relationship.

The book is well-written and to a certain extent readable; it just didn’t really appeal to me. Judge for yourself. ( )
  IonaS | Jun 12, 2021 |
Free audiobook via YouTube, read by Claire Danes

This is only second audiobook I’ve ever listened too and this time I didn’t make the mistake of laying down to listen! This was a great listen and and a fantastic book. So many modern parallels, I have already planned a curriculum unit around it.

Offred is a woman of Gilead (Bangor, Maine) and a Handmaiden - a woman whose sole purpose is to breed for her Commander’s wife.

The political and gender issues put forth in Atwood’s book are as relevant today as when first published.

The story unfolds in flashbacks and moments of time to tell how Offred became a handmaiden and how the world of Gilead came to be. The brutality and oppression in the plot drive it forward relentlessly between world as it was and a newfound ardent patriarchy.

A must read
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  The_Literary_Jedi | Jun 11, 2021 |
Boring as hell. Full of corny passages like "the air suffuses with desire". Flat characters. Simplistic view of religious fundamentalism. And when you think it's over the story jumps ~100 years into the future, the Republic of Gilead is gone, and you're treated to the proceedings of the 12th Symposium on Gileadean Studies (seriously), wherein we find the only believable character in the entire book - a historian who bores his audience (and us readers) to death with his speculations about which parts of the story are true and which parts aren't. Then you think it's really over, but no: there is an afterword by Margaret Atwood herself where she subjects us to all sorts of inane social commentary about Trump and whatnot. You endure it only to find out it's not over: that afterword is followed by an essay (yes, an essay) where one Valerie Martin problematizes a bunch of stuff about contemporary feminism and the book's message. Then it's finally over and you realize that Offred's ordeal is not that much worse than what you've just been through. Do yourself a favor, remove this book from your to-read shelf, and check Kate's suggestions of feminist literature instead. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
This was the first book I read in 2013 by a female author -- after reading 36 other books. After finishing it, my initial reaction wasn't altogether positive. The more I reflected on the book, I came to realize how amazing a world Atwood created in this dystopian tale. Not one of my all-time favorites, but still great storytelling. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
I found this book mostly fascinating and terrifying. With our current political and religious culture this could be a possible future.

I loved the prose and Claire Danes was perfect as narrator. I would absolutely read it again. Maybe with my eyes next time.

I did have to take a short break because it was so heavy emotionally. That's not to say there's much in the way of emotional writing because the narrator, Offred, is not emotive in her telling. She's sharing her story in a direct way. Well, direct in that she's giving facts and reasons behind her decisions. There are a few places where she gives her more personal feelings but she tries to keep it to a minimum. I think this forced me to experience my own emotions rather than feed off of hers.

I'm glad I finally read it. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
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Atwood, Margaretautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Balbusso, AnnaIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Balbusso, ElenaIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Boyd, FlorenceArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Danes, ClaireNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
David, JoannaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Marcellino, FredArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Pennati, CamilloTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

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